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CFP: 4th Annual Research Slam

I am currently working as a research assistant for the Transcriptions Center in the English Department at UC Santa Barbara ( We and the English Department's Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program will be hosting the 4th Annual Research Slam, a conference-meets-poetry-slam event designed for and dedicated to alternate modes of presenting scholarly and creative work. If you are in or are going to be in southern California and you have a project that you think fits this event, please submit an abstract to! Abstracts are due April 22, 2011; see below for more details.


UC Santa Barbara's Transcriptions Center and the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program Present
4th Annual Research Slam
Where the Poster Session Meets the Poetry Slam!

Friday, May 13
1 pm - 5:30 pm
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of English
South Hall (various locations)

One of the goals of UCSBs Transcriptions Center is to investigate and highlight innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with information media and technology. In this tradition, the Transcriptions Center and the English Department's Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program are hosting the fourth annual Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars interested in these intersections.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables with the free-flowing and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon.

A Research Slam is:

    Non-linear intellectual encounters
    Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
    Multi-media, multi-modal, multi-temporal
    Inclusive of faculty and students
    Performative, interactive, playful
    Burning man without the fire
    A Poetry/Art slam without the judging
    Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

    Hierarchically divided into presenters & audience
    Rigidly structured

The Transcriptions Center is now soliciting multimedia projects, research posters, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between culture, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or period of focus of the contributor. If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we invite you to participate!

Here are some suggestions for possible presentation formats:
    original media pieces
    software / hardware demonstrations
    performative scholarship
    live coding
    audio work
    short films
    digitized interpretation

Project descriptions are due on Friday, April 22, 2011. Please send a 300 word abstract, a short bio and any equipment requirements to


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