CFP: Digital/Media, Race, Affect and Labor

*Digital/Media, Race, Affect and Labor*

*Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA*

*Dates of the meetings: April 14,15 and 16, 2011*

*Deadline for submission: December 10th 2010*

We are soliciting paper proposals for a three day conference on Digital/Media, Race, Affect and Labor, to be hosted by the American Culture Studies Program at Bowling Green State University.


Dr. Anna Everett, Professor of Film, Television and New Media Studies, and former Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has agreed to be our keynote speaker. We hope this topic will elicit productive discussions and collaborations that bring together the layered and crisscrossing themes associated with media, digital worlds, labor, affect, globalization, and race.

We invite abstracts that look at mediated environments (broadly defined) in a contemporary or historical context.  Prospective participants are encouraged to engage with specific conceptual relationships that connect with the theme of this conference and explore them in any available online or offline setting.

Thus in the case of digital media and affect related research, one might ask such questions as: How does desire for the Other play out in global/local and online/offline intersections? How does affect work in on-line networks and digital assemblages? What are the affective regimes of on-line sociality? What kind of perceptions, sensations, affective movements and public feelings emerge in our highly mediated and digitized environments?

In the case of Race and media, one might examine representations of raced bodies, shifting conceptualizations of race across space, place and time, race in cyberspace, racialized labor and so on. Historical mappings of race, caste, class and gender as well as historical contextualization of media forms reveal complex and nuanced understandings of how digital economies are shaped in relation to globalization are encouraged.

In investigating Affect and Labor in relation to globalization and digitally mediated worlds, one might ask what sorts of socio-economic formations emerge online and offline? How do we make sense of so-called voluntary networks of non-profit activities and social entrepreneurship online? How do notions of neoliberal governmentality shape emerging labor forces? What are the global and local implications of how we labor and work and play in digitally mediated environments?

Please submit abstracts of approximately 400 words to * *no later than December 10th, 2010*.  *Please be sure to include your name, paper title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, A-V equipment requests, and special needs, if any.  Please email inquiries to **<>and include “conference” in your subject line.


Radhika Gajjala

Director, American Culture Studies

Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies

101 East Hall

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH  43403


Extended deadline - December 31 2010

The deadline for the above conference has been extended until December 31, 2010