Pleis tu bi – menovinkki Helsingissä 27.3. “HCAS SYMPOSIUM: Mediating Belonging – Re-thinking Social Theory Today”

Vinkkaan mielenkiintoisesta key note -esiintyjästä Helsingin yliopiston tutkijakollegiumin järjestämässä kaksipäiväsessä tapahtumassa “HCAS SYMPOSIUM: Mediating Belonging – Re-thinking Social Theory Today“. (Ilmoittautumaan ehtii vielä!). Symposium järjestää myös avoimen tapahtuman Korjaamolla perjantaina illalla “Muukalaisena elämässä? Keskustelua kuulumisen ja vierauden tunteista” tapahtuman (tsek Facebook).

Perjantai 27.3.

13:30 III Key Note Professor Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku, Volatile, vital networks: affect, connectivity and technology
Chair: Research Fellow Nora Hämäläinen, HCAS
14:30 Comments and Discussion (Dr Stephanie Alice Baker, City University London)
15:00 Closing of the Conference (Johanna Sumiala, HCAS)

Professori Susanna Paasonen on mediatutkimuksen alan guru, jonka viimeaikaiset tutkimukset ovat keskittyneet mm. pornoon ja affektiteoriaan.

Abstrakti: Volatile, vital networks: affect, connectivity and technology

Smart devices and network connectivity have ubiquitous presence in everyday life. As citizens, we are dependent on their accessibility and functioning in carrying on with our everyday lives in acts of work and play alike, by ourselves and in connection with others. Since technological failure is nevertheless always imminent, these dependencies are also sources of ambiguity, frustration, irritation and fear. Drawing on student essays describing the sensations evoked by technological failure, this presentation explores the visceral, affective intensities involved in constant connectivity to, and dependency on, network media. By examining how the essays articulate and configure the notion of “the user,” the paper addresses network
media as both volatile and vital in the ways that it modulates (increases, sustains and diminishes) the users’ capacity to act in the world — to the point of undermining the notion of the user itself. It does so through a dialogue with theorizations of affect (e.g. Ahmed; Featherstone), network culture (e.g. Kember & Zylinska), STS and actor-network theory (e.g. Latour; Schüll). Much more than an instrument for communication and information exchange, connectivity therefore becomes figured as a vital component of the networks that comprise the social world and individuals’ potentialities for action within.

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2nd International Death Online Research Symposium, 17th -18th August 2015

August 17th -18th, 2015

This event specifically aims to expand on the maturing discourse around Death Online and engage with the ways that death structures contemporary forms of sociability, flows of affect and meaning-making. The 2nd Death Online Research Symposium (DORS2015) will be hosted by Kingston University, London, on the 17th & 18th of August.
Important information
Submission format: 300 word abstract 
Submission deadline: March 20th, 2015 
Submission feedback: April 20th, 2015

Hosted by the Death Online Research Network and Kingston University, School of Humanities; London UK.

Contact:
Korina Giaxoglou
Department of Linguistics & Languages, Kingston University London
Email: Korina.Giaxoglou@kingston.ac.uk

Stacey Pitsillides
Design, Creative Professions & Digital Arts Department
University of Greenwich
Goldsmiths University
Email: Stacey.pitsillides@gmail.com

Scandinavian Studies Conference in San Francisco

To inform anyone interested! I would LOVE to apply (just adore SF!), but funding opportunities for this type of trip are minimal and my luck with travel fund applications has not been as good as my thesis fund applications. But, I can always dream of a sponsor..