DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 10
Hi, HASTAC community! The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) is welcoming submissions for its 2013 conference (Feb. 15-16) themed FAILURE. I've been involved with planning this conference for a few years now, and this year I'm hoping to form a high quality panel that would be representative of DH, media studies, and any/all related fields. The conference, held at UW-Milwaukee, is small and selective, and we're excited to host J. Jack Halberstam as this year's keynote address. Below is the panel-specific CFP I wrote, but you can find the overall conference CFP here.
Deadline for submissions:
December 1 December 10
J. Jack Halberstam introduces The Queer Art of Failure by suggesting that “failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world” (2). He goes on to powerfully claim that paying attention to failure “prompts us to discover our inner dweeb, to be underachievers, to fall short, to get distracted, to take a detour, to find a limit, to lose our way, to forget, to avoid mastery” (121). In light of the conference theme, this panel will seek to forge better relationships with things (specifically machines and information media) by re-considering the role of failure in 21st-century digital culture or, more broadly, technoculture throughout history. Given our contemporary culture’s emphasis on success and mastery, as well as the tendency to treat technologies as handy tools that ought to simply “work right,” we may actually benefit from “learning how to fail better” (Halberstam 24). How might we productively combine new media studies, communication, software engineering, information science, the philosophy of technology, or the digital humanities with failure-friendly analysis? What and how do technological failures mean? How can we release our “inner dweeb” while working under the pressure of job markets, coherency imperatives, unified identity requirements, and other social, material, or political bounds?
Some possible areas this panel could explore:
- Hacking and hacktivism; Anonymous and DDoS attacks; cybercrime, bullying, and fear
- Successful aspects of computer viruses and worms
- The New Aesthetic and fascination with glitches and technical malfunctions
- The Digital Humanities and failure; willingness to tinker and explore; openness and possibility
- Experimental, nontraditional, or deformed texts; “Systems that break other systems, [namely] the Deformed Humanities [which] tears apart existing structures and uses the scraps” (Sample 2012)
- Failed or confused readings; getting lost in a text; losing vs. winning a game
- Keeping pace with paradigm shifts in a digital age; “The greatest mistake we could make, at this point, would be to suppress, deny, or discard our errors and our failed experiments” (Unsworth 1997)
- Network and systems theory as it relates to failure; “A network fails when it works too well, when it provides too little room for change” (Thacker and Galloway, 2007)
- Ways of using technology that enforce or resist “normalization, routines, convention, tradition, […] regularity” (Halberstam 7) and other disciplining techniques
- Philosophical approaches to mastery and malfunctioning technologies (Heidegger, Latour, Derrida, and others)
- Tactical media or critical art practices that risk failure and ephemerality in order to succeed at disruption (Raley, 2009); “creative destruction” (Liu, 2004)
- Failure to verify or clarify identity; problems/concerns regarding identity on the web
- The internet and its structure of ordered chaos; failed memes; trolling
- Digital archives and forgetting; failure to record or inscribe
- Reassessing technological naiveté or ignorance; questioning geek culture and exclusionary practices
- Educational technologies such as Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and robot essay graders as failures or responses to failure in our institutions of learning
- Pedagogical failures or stumbling blocks involving the use of technology in the classroom
The eighth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee February 15-16, 2013, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies. Please submit an abstract of 300 words or less outlining your presentation. Include your institutional affiliation, department, and whether you are an MA or PhD student.
You can send submissions to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to email@example.com. If you are traveling to Milwaukee from another state, we will likely have some monetary awards available to offset your expenses.
Let me know if you have any questions!