SECT III: "TechnoSpheres/FutureS of Thinking"

August 14-25, 2006

SECT III was convened by Anne Balsamo, Director of Academic Programs, USC's Institute for Multimedia Literacy; Professor, Interactive Media and Gender Studies; and Founding Partner, Onomy Labs—in partnership with David Theo Goldberg, Director, UC Humanities Research Institute; and Professor, Comparative Literature, and Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine.

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technoSpheres: FutureS of Thinking

Program Overview
Participants in the 2006 Seminar explored new ways of thinking about and with technology. The Seminar included paired conversations between cutting edge technological innovators and experimental humanists, artists and social scientists, around the many issues that engage the human and the technological. The Seminar also included demonstrations of new technological devices, their applications and scholarly practices. Participants had opportunities to engage with new digital applications in the context of small-group workshops, large-group social networking exercises and art/technology installations.

Conversational Themes
New Ways of Knowing | Cultural Memory in a Digital Age | Networked Publics | Gaming Worlds, Gaming Paradigms | The Urban in Global Networks/The Global in Urban Networks | TechnoSpecies: Artificial/Human/Animal | Digital Mobility | The Humanities and TechnoFutures | The Cultural Work of Technological Reproduction | Educating the Technological Imagination

Electronic Publishing | Advance Data to Knowledge Applications | Intellectual Property and Copy Right | New Genres of Digital Scholarship | History of Electronic Literature | Database Narrative | Multimedia Documentary | Collaboratories in the Humanities | Creation of Persistent Digital Archives

Vectors: A Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular | Technological RePlacements | New Narrative Machines | Wi-Fi Bedouin | Among Others

Steve Anderson:
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at the USC School of Cinema-Television
Anne Balsamo: Director of Academic Programs, USC's Institute for Multimedia Literacy; Professor, Interactive Media and Gender Studies; Founding Partner, Onomy Labs
Julian Bleecker: Head, Mobile and Pervasive Lab, a near-future think tank, School of Cinema-TV and the Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California
John Seely Brown: Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation; Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Craig Calhoun: President, Social Science Research Council. Social Science Professor, New York University
Lisa Cartwright: Associate Professor, Department of Communication, UC San Diego
Rosemary Comella: The Labyrinth Project, University of Southern California
Beatriz da Costa: Assistant Professor, graduate program in Arts, Computation and Engineering, UC Irvine. Co-founder of Preemptive Media, an art, activism and technology group
Cathy N. Davidson: Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English; Founding Co-Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University
Anna Everett: Assistant Professor, Film Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara
Scott Fisher: Chair, Interactive Media Division, USC School of Cinema-Television. President of Teleprescence Media
Tracy Fullerton: Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab, USC School of Cinema-Television’s Interactive Media Division. Founding member, R/GA Interactive
Rene Garcia: Curator
David Theo Goldberg:
Director, UC Humanities Research Institute; Professor, Comparative Literature, and Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine
Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Performance artist/writer, artistic director of “La Pocha Nostra” in San Francisco
Judith Halberstam: Professor at University of Southern California, Specialist in Media studies, film, queer theory, feminist and gender studies, postmodernism, nineteenth-century British literature
Katherine Hayles: English Professor, UCLA. Author, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Lynn Hershman: Professor Emeritus, UC Davis. A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University. Author, The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson: Secret Agents, Private I
Perry Hoberman: Teaches in the graduate Computer Art Department, School of Visual Arts, New York. Art Director at Telepresence Research He works with "a variety of technologies, ranging from utterly obsolete to seasonably state-of-the-art."
Judith Jackson Fossett: Associate Professor of American Studies, Film & Popular Culture, Minority Discourse, 19th-Century at University of Southern California
Jerry Kang: Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. His teaching and scholarly pursuits include civil procedure, race, and communications
Marsha Kinder: Professor of Cinema, Comparative Literature, Critical Studies, Portuguese and Spanish, University of Southern California
Norman Klein: Urban and media historian and novelist. Professor, California Institute of the Arts. Adjunct professor, UCLA and Art Center College of Design
Andreas Kratky: Independent media artist and designer
George Lewis: Edwin H. Case Professor of Music, Columbia University. Improvisor-trombonist, composer, computer/installation artist. MacArthur Genius Award Winner. Member, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Alan Liu: Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Principal investigator of the NEH-funded Teaching with Technology project at UCSB and co-director of the English Dept's undergraduate specialization on Literature and the Culture of Information
Geert Lovink: Media theorist and activist. Co-founder of the international mailing list Nettime and The Digital City. Member of Adilkno, the Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge
Peter Lunenfeld: Professor in the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Founder of mediawork: The Southern California New Media Working Group; Director of the Institute for Technology & Aesthetics (ITA)
Tara McPherson: Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Critical Studies, USC School of Cinema-Television
Michael Naimark: Visiting Associate Professor, Interactive Media Division of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Visiting Committee member, MIT Media Lab. Member, Society for Visual Anthropology
Lisa Nakamura: Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Visual Culture Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert Nideffer: Associate Professor in Studio Art and Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine, where he also serves as Affiliated Faculty in the Visual Studies Program, and the Art, Computation and Engineering (ACE). Makes art, researches, teaches, and occasionally publishes in the areas of virtual environments and behavior, interface theory and design, technology and culture, and contemporary social theory
ONOMY LABS (Design for Culture): Onomy Labs creates interactive cultural technologies. Onomy’s interactive systems are found around the world in research labs, corporate briefing centers, theme parks and museums. They are a design-build firm that creates signature exhibits: the exhibits that people remember and tell their friends about
Simon Penny: Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Layer Leader for the Arts, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT2)
Saskia Sassen: Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago. Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics. Chair, Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee, Social Science Research Council
Larry Smarr: Founding Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology CAL(IT)2 and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Floyd Webb: Filmmaker, multimedia/Internet designer/consultant. Founder and creative director, Blacklight Festival of International Black Cinema. Creative Director of e22 Digital


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