Media Fields 2: Infrastructures

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Thursday, April 9, 2009
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020

4:00 PM Opening Roundtable
Joshua Neves, Katy Pearce, David Platzer, Daniel Reynolds, Jeff Scheible, Nicole Starosielski (University of California, Santa Barbara)
5:00 PM Welcome Reception
5:30 PM Keynote Address
Brian Larkin (Barnard College, Columbia University)
“The Political Aesthetics of Infrastructure”

Friday, April 10, 2009
Mosher Alumni House, 2nd Floor

8:30 AM Light Breakfast
9:00 AM Panel 1: Circulations
Eric Hoyt (University of Southern California)
“Studio Libraries”
Steven Witkowski (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Porn in the Valley: Mom-and-Pops Video Store Distribution of Adult Materials in
Reseda, Winnetka and Canoga Park”
Meredith Wright (University of Texas at Austin)
“Ciné Woulé, Ciné en Progrès: The Cultural Infrastructure of French Caribbean
Cinema”
Zeynep Gürsel (University of Michigan)
“What Is the Dominant? Rewiring the World Picture”
Charles Wolfe (University of California, Santa Barbara), moderator
11:00 AM Panel 2: Aesthetics
Tom Henthorne and Lee Transue (Pace University)
“String Theory, French Horns, and the Infrastructure of ‘Cyberspace’”
Chris Vasantkumar (Hamilton College)
“In-forming Aesthetic Infrastructures: Remediating Money and Theory”
Clint Froehlich (University of Chicago)
“Digital Liquidity: Blu-Ray Menu Screens and Porous Media”
Janet Walker (University of California, Santa Barbara), moderator
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Panel 3: Publics
Ryan Bowles (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Ambient XXX: The Porn Screen as Infrastructure of Looking, Sexuality and Power in Public Space”
Mehita Iqani (London School of Economics and Political Science)
“Point of Sale: The Magazine Newsstand as Socio-semiotic Infrastructure”
Ateya Khorakiwala (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“Intersections of Infrastructure and Security: The Case of the Border Roads
Organisation”
Clayton Rosati (Bowling Green State University)
“The Ecstasy of Alienation: Infrastructures of Feeling and the Spatial Struggles
of Cultural Production”
Bishnupriya Ghosh (University of California, Santa Barbara), moderator
3:30 PM Panel 4: Mobilities
Scott Ruston (University of California, Los Angeles)
“Mobile Media: Combining Infrastructures of Database and Connectivity…
and Narrative?”
Ajay Gehlawat (Sonoma State University)
“Bollywood Infrastructure in an Era of Digital Transnationalism”
Athena Tan (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Mediating Mobilities at the Call Center”
Cristina Venegas (University of California, Santa Barbara), moderator
5:30 PM Closing Roundtable
Jennifer Earl (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Brian Larkin (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Lisa Parks (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Cristina Venegas (University of California, Santa Barbara)