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Media and Communication conferences

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Media after Kittler, The London Graduate School, Kingston University (9th October 2013, Venezuelan Embassy)

Media determine our situation.
F. A. Kittler (1999), Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

After Kittler, one definition of media could be a plurality of systems (artistic, scientific, technological or other) that make and unmake us within their networks. Yet, in the UK, the term is still predominantly associated with mass media, communications technologies, cultural studies or, more recently, a history/ anthropology of media. Is it possible to incite a turn towards Media Philosophy, a field that accounts for the autonomy of media, for machine agency, and for the new modalities of thought and subjectivity that these enable, rather than dwelling on representations, audiences and extensions of the self? Such a shift in the direction of a Kittlerian politics of contamination (between disciplines, elements, networks), requires an analysis of the legacy of the German thinker and the possibilities his thought can unfold for media theory. Two years after his death, at a time when subjects like media studies are under fire by neo-liberal governments across the West and seen as 'luxury' disciplines not worth investing in, there is an urgency to rethink, re-imagine and review media and what it/ they can do. In Kittler's words, we are the subjects of media not the masters. This one day event examined the implications of this statement, his work and the potentiality of approaching media as a thought experiment.

With keynote speakers, Bernhard Siegert, Matthew Fuller, Stefan Heidenreich, Mai Wegener, Samuel Weber and Olga Goriunova.

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International Festival, 'E-Poetry [2013] Kingston-London' organized by Dr Maria Mencia (June 17-20, 2013)

The E-Poetry Festival is the first and longest-running festival celebrating new, innovative, and leading works in digital poetics; International since its inception, with past festivals in the US, UK, France, and Spain. This year quite remarkably there were presenters from the UK, Russia, Peru, Slovakia, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Greece, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Hong Kong, Argentina, Poland, and Latvia, as well as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, France, Australia, Canada, and the US.

It has now been twelve years since the first E-Poetry Festival took place in 2001 in Buffalo, USA and this year we celebrated the seventh E-Poetry Festival at Kingston University alongside additional events taking place at Tate Britain, the Poetry Centre and the Watermans Art Centre from the 17th to the 20th of June 2013. These included artists' talks, scholarly papers, performances and an exhibition, Words Unstable On The Table, curated by Dr María Mencía.

The whole event was arranged in collaboration with Dr Loss Pequeño Glazier, Artistic Director of the E-Poetry Festivals and Director of the Electronic Poetry Center, the E-Poetry advisory board; Irini Papadimitriou, Head of New Media Arts Development at the Watermans Art Centre; Tate Britain, The Poetry Centre and with the support of Kingston Writing School (KWS); the Practice Research Unit (PRU); the School of Performance & Screen Studies; the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS), Kingston University and the Watermans Art Centre.

Conference programme

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From the Page to the Screen to Augmented Reality: New Modes of Language-Driven Mediated research

This Conference-Roundtable was organized by Dr María Mencía Keynote Speaker Professor Jay David Bolter Abstract: Elite and popular: digital art and literature in an era of social and locative media.

In order to develop language-driven mediated collaborative research practice, Mencía proposed a preliminary roundtable workshop involving scholars, writers, theoreticians and creative practitioners from Kingston University and other European Universities to discuss the relevance of new technologies in the creation of language mediated practice. She encouraged the participation of researchers, in particular, those who had just begun to consider the implications and possible use of new technologies in their research practice, as well as international researchers who had migrated from more traditional print-based research practices to multi-medial and interdisciplinary research methods that make use of computers, networks, and mobile technologies.

Publication of papers in Journal of Writing in Creative Practice

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Memory, Identity and New Fantasy Cultures

This conference, organized by Dr Ewan Kirkland and Dr Aybige Yilmaz, was a response by the organisers to a sense in which memory was increasingly present as a theme in contemporary fantasy culture, including film, television and digital games. It was a very well attended event, triggering lively discussions and debates throughout the day. A special issue of Science Fiction Film and Television journal (Liverpool University Press), based on selected conference papers.

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Cosmopolitanism Media and Global Crisis

Organized by Dr Aris Mousoutzanis and Dr Aybige Yilmaz, this conference brought together academics to discuss whether and under what conditions the media can trigger an ethics of cosmopolitanism, in growingly cosmopolitan contexts. An excellent range of papers were presented, some of which are going to be published by Peter Lang in a forthcoming book Media and Cosmopolitanism (edited by Aris Mousoutzanis, Ruxandra Trandafoiu and Aybige Yilmaz).

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