Although the Banff New Media Institute’s journal horizon zero: digital art + culture in canada ceased publication in December 2004, its 18 back issues are very much available in its web archive. horizon zero was a multimedia and bilingual “virtual space dedicated to creativity and critical ideas in the new media canon.” Its 18 issues include web-based interactives, essays and journalistic writings, fiction and poetry, video, animation, games, and other digital artworks.
m/c Media and Culture invites contributions to M/C Journal’s “transmit” issue, edited by Hendrik Huijser and Brooke Collins-Gearing. The editors seek 1000-1500-word reflections from all potential angles relating to media and culture, including the potential and limitations of “transmission.” Possibilities include analyses of the tools of transmission, the content of transmission, including the transfer of information, knowledge, culture, language, and all forms and genres of media. Deadline for article submission is January 16, 2006. For the complete call, visit M/C Journal, or contact the editors.
next/text: what happens when textbooks go digital is an online project of The Institute for the Future of the Book. next/text’s site aims to become a node of communication and idea-exchange for those interested in the creation of born-digital learning materials. next/text includes blogs, forums, news postings, and links to projects and resources on the theory and practice of making digital textbooks.
Position #: F1544
October 20, 2005
Assistant or Associate Professor in the History and Applications of Media
The Departments of English and History invite applications for a joint tenure-track faculty position in Media Studies, including the historical evolution of media, their interactions and impact on communication and culture. Linked to the proposed Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text, this position would emphasize convergences among various traditional and new media, from oral and manuscript culture, to print, digital, and multimedia expression. We are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in at least two of the following areas: the use and applications of computing for the study, presentation, and teaching of literature and history; history of the book; history of film; US history with a focus on the evolution of media; verbal and visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of new media; history and theory of reading and writing practices; new models of textuality and/or literacy in the digital age. Ph.D. required in English, History (with a focus on media), American Studies, Media Studies, or other field appropriate to this position. Publications, in either print or digital media, preferred for the Assistant Professor, required for the Associate professor rank. The expected two semester teaching load would be 3/3, spread among general education, upper-division, and graduate courses taught in the departments of English and History, and within the new Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text. Preliminary interviews at the MLA Convention and the AHA Conference. Send application, c.v., and dossier including three letters of recommendation, examples of published work, sample syllabi, and statement of teaching philosophy to: Marcel Cornis-Pope, Chair, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2005. All materials must be postmarked by December 4, 2005. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 4 and will continue until position is filled. VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Margret Vopel at (804) 828-3485.
ebr: Electronic Book Review, has been redesigned. The rebuilt site promises greater “power to gather text, gloss and cross-reference, spool threads” and “fly high and see the weave.
The current issue features Brian Kim Stefans on “Privileging Language: The Text in Electronic Writing,” Scott Rettberg on “First Person, Games, and the Place of Electronic Literature,” John Cayley on “Bass Resonance,” and Lori Emerson’s review of Walter Benn Michaels’ The Shape of the Signifier, “On Materialities, Meanings, and the Shape of Things.”
The Glide project encompasses a constructed language, a game played with that language, an online space for communication via the language, and an oracle that delivers its messages via the language. The Glide language is composed of simple curved lines that combine into glyphs that can link and morph, and which are the key to understanding Slattery’s print novel The Maze Game (the first chapter of which is presented, illustrated, on the website).
Computers and Writing Online 2006, “Making Knowledge on the Digital Frontier,” will be held February 6-28, 2006. This online conference complements the face-to-face Computers and Writing conference that will be held in May 2006 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Proposals are sought from both individuals and teams for 1-hour synchronous and asynchronous sessions as well as 45-minute poster sessions. Asynchronous sessions will occur over a five-day period between February 6 and 28. Poster sessions will take place on February 18 in the English MOO at Texas Tech.
Proposals are sought on a wide range of topics that address the theme of the conference. Topics may include but are not limited to:
–“New” technologies such as wikis and blogs in the writing classroom
–Reconsideration of past propositions about how computer networks are best suited for learning and writing instruction, as well as for online learning communities
–The sociology of digital communities
–The interface between Rhetoric and Composition theory and technology
–Technologies of Technical Communication: theory, practice, pedagogy
–Online portfolios: the state of the art
–Visual rhetoric and new media
250-word proposal abstracts are due November 30, 2005. For complete information on the conference and proposal submission instructions, visit the CWO conference website, or contact Conference Coordinator Lennie Irvin.
The Fall 05 issue of Kairos focuses on “The Intersections of Online Writing Spaces, Rhetorical Theory and The Composition Classroom”. Of special interest is the web text “Why Teach Digital Writing?” by the WIDE Research Center Collective.
Born, the online journal of new media collaborations between artists and writers, features four new works in its Autumn 2005 issue: “A Few Days from Yellowknife,” by James Grinwis and Oscar Asmoarp; “Origami,” by Courtney Queeney and Sara Lu Davila; “Birding by Ear,” by Greg Delisle and Katya Moorman; and “First Water,” by Shirley Stephenson and Don O’Connell. In Born’s Birthing Room, which features experiments exploring interactivity, narrative design, and other storytelling techniques, you’ll find “Beautiful Portrait,” a collaboration between the ELO’s Thom Swiss and Motomichi Nakamura.
The New Media Caucus will present a panel at the 2006 College Art Association conference entitled “From Database and Place to Bio-tech and Bots: Relationality vs. Autonomy in Media Art.” The panel, chaired by Rhizome.org Editor-at-large Marisa S. Olsen, will focus on such topics as hacktivism and parasitic media; appropriation/sampling/remixing; open source theory and culture; locative media; biotechnology; video games; narrative; net art; software art; networked performance; video and sound art; and VJ/DJ practices.
CAA’s annual conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, February 22-26, 2006.