ASCA/NICA Cross-Media Seminar:
Cultural Reinvention and Technologies of the Mediated Subject
Organized by: Carolyn Birdsall, Sudeep Dasgupta, Jaap Kooijman, Christoph Lindner, and Markus Stauff.
Seminar dates 2012-2013: Sept 28, Nov 9, Dec 14, Feb 8, March 8, April 31. All meetings are from 3-6pm.
Location: Sept 28 – Bungehuis 3.37, Nov 9 – University Library Vondelzaal, Dec 14 – BG5 2.13. Other dates TBC
Crossmediated technological developments are transforming theories of subjectivity. Interaction, reception, manipulation – these characterizations of audiences/publics/users will be explored from the vantage point of media studies, the social sciences, and the humanities in general. Further, conceptualizations of cultural objects need revisiting given the transformations across media, as well as the disciplinary approaches to studying them. For example: TV as object/text/ experience; New Media as social media, political tool, surveillance technology; and literature and cinema as ontological objects, sensorial encounters.
Technology, techne, and technique have become central terms across disciplines in exploring the subject/self. Further, transformation has been central to the history of technology, and takes on an even more intense form today. This term “technology” – whose centrality in television studies is also related to the fields of cinema, literature, and philosophy – will be the starting point for an in-depth investigation of a cross-disciplinary and intermedial understanding of the evolving relation between the mediated self and technological transformations.
“Cultural Reinvention” captures this evolving dynamic between the mediated subject and transformative media technologies from a crossmedia and interdisciplinary perspective.
The seminar is open to all interested staff, PhD candidates, RMA/MA students, and practitioners, including members of NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis) and RMeS (Research School for Media Studies). Research Masters students from the UvA and other Dutch universities can receive tutorial credit for participation in the seminar.