The Media Fields Collective at UC Santa Barbara is excited to announce its fifth biennial conference exploring the intersections of media and space. We propose “encounters” as a framework through which these intricate relationships may be addressed. This term has been strategically deployed to think about exchanges, contact zones, and interactions among agents, institutions, and technologies in various positions of power. Our goal is to reexamine the ways in which the encounter has been deployed and to explore its potential as a critical framework that may be applied to emerging trends across media studies. We invite participants to consider encounter’s potential for creating mutualities among parties and explore the ways particular encounters reflect, overturn, cloud or reverse this potential. We have an Opening Keynote by Bliss Lim on “Queer Aswang Transmedia”, a Special Presentation by Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore Kerr on “AIDS Reruns” and a Closing Keynote by Dan Reynolds on “Media in the Mind”. Download our detailed program at media-fields2015

 

Program

Thursday April 2, 2015: SSMS 2135

Panel 1  3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Encounters at the Border

Opening Keynote  4:30 – 6:00 pm
Queer Aswang Transmedia: Camp Temporality and Philippine Folklore
Prof. Bliss Cua Lim, Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine

Friday April 3, 2015 : McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

Panel 2  9:00 am – 10:15 am
Tactical Resistance

Panel 3  10:30 am – 11:45 am
Aesthetic Mediations

Special Presentation 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
AIDS Reruns: (Re)Encountering the Past in the Age of the Ongoing
Prof. Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore Kerr

Panel 4  2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Affective Encounters

Closing Keynote 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Media in Mind: A Transactional Encounter
Dan Reynolds, Film and Media Studies, Emory University