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HASTAC 2008: 'Future of Learning' Plenary Session

'Future of Learning' Plenary Session

Anne Balsamo, USC

Anna Everett, UCSB

N. Katherine Hayles, UCLA

Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA


Featured Participants' Bios

Participants provided their bios, which were included in the folder that conference participants received.

Anne Balsamo | Professor and Associate Chair, Interactive Media Division

University of Southern California

Anne Balsamo's work focuses on the relationship between culture and technology. This focus informs her practice as a scholar, resesarcher, new media designer, and entrepreneur. She is currently a Professor of Interactive Media in the School of Cinematic Arts, and of Communications in the Annenberg School of Communications. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. In 2002,she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc., a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox Parc who created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED's interactive museum exhibit, "XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading". Her first book, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (1996) investigated the social and cultural implications of emergent bio-technologies. Her new book project, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke UP, forthcoming) examines the relationship between cultural reproduction and technological innovation.


Anna Everett | Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

Anna Everett works in the fields of film and TV history/theory, African American film and culture, and Digital Media Technologies. She is the author of Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1949 (2001) and is currently at work on books titled Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace and Inside the Dark Museum: An Anthology of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1959. Recent articles include: "The Revolution will be Digitized: Afrocentricity and the Digital Public Sphere" (Social Text, Summer2002). "The Black Press in the Age of Digital Reproduction" (The Black Press,2001), "‘I Want the Same Things Other People Enjoy': The Black Press and theClassic Hollywood Studio System" (Spectator, 1997), and "The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in Cinema" (Film Criticism, 1995-96). She is founder and managing editor of the Internet newsletter, Screening Noir Online, and she co-organized the conference titled "Race in Digital Space 2.0".Everett is the recent winner of the prestigious UCSB Plous Award, the top recognition for younger faculty at UCSB.


N. Katherine Hayles | Professor, English and Design|MediaArts

University of California, Los Angeles

N. Katherine Hayles is the John Charles Hillis Professor ofLiterature at the English Department and Distinguished Professor of the Departments of English and Design|Media Arts at UCLA, where she teachers and writes of the relations of literature, science, and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, fellowships, and prizes, including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, and a fellowship at the National Center for the Humanities. For the past decade, she has been fascinated by the future of the human in the Regime of Computation, especially how writing technologies and reading strategies are changing in the digital age. Her book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, which won the René Welleck Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, traced the history of cybernetics from the post-WWII period to the present, arguing for an embodied view of information. Writing Machines, which won the Susanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2002, argued for media specific analysis as print and electronic texts engage in robust dialogues and intermediations. Her more recent book, My Mother was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts(2006), which was recently selected as book of the month by the Resource Center for Cybercultural Studies, expands a theoretical framework for the concept of intermediation that emphasizes recursive feedback loops between intelligent machines and humans. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary explores the changing role of the literary in the digital age. Along with the associated website, it is designed to help electronic literature move into the classroom.


Ramesh Srinivasan | Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies and Design|Media Arts

University of California, Los Angeles

Ramesh Srinivasan is Assistant Professor of Information Studies with a courtesy appointment in Design|Media Arts. Srinivasan, who holds M.S. and Doctoral degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory and Harvard's Design School, respectively, has focused his research globally on the development of information systems within the context of culturally-differentiated communities. He is interested in how an informations ystem can function as a cultural artifact, as a repository of knowledge that is commensurable with the ontologies of a community. As a complement, he is also interested in how an information system can engage and re-question thenotion of diaspora and how ethnicity and culture function across distance. This research allows one to uncover mechanisms by which indigenously-articulated forms of development can begin to occur, as relating to his current work in pastoral and tribal communities in Southern India. His research therefore involves engaging communities to serve as the designers, authors, and librarian/archivists of their own information systems. His research has spanned such bounds as Native Americans, Somali Refugees, Indian Villages, Aborginal Australia, and Maori New Zealand.


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