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Digital Ways of Knowing: an Art Science interface? June 19th

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Digital ways of knowing: an art science interface, June 19th, Creativity Zone (Pevensey 3C7)
…an event of the Centre for Material Digital Culture, supported by ACCA, the Digital and Social Media and the Environment and Health research themes.

Context:

- If the digital is the language of our time – how does this shape the conditions of contemporary perception, knowledge, creativity and expertise in different disciplines or fields? How do digital ways of knowing help and hinder us in our different areas and are there connecting/dividing questions?

Some areas seem to lend themselves to more collective questions – for example – art science, medical humanities, science and justice and these might be prospective themes to programme around.

This event aims to open up a space to discuss the use of digital systems, instruments and paradigms as they are used to know and understand the world across the arts and sciences and to map the range of questions and debates in these areas. It aims to work on establishing some shared questions and differences.

Programme:

13:00 – 13:30 lunch
13:30 – 13:45 Intro and overview
13:45 – 14:30 Panel 1 Images, Benedict Burbridge, Daniel Osorio, Paul Tofts
14:30 – 15:15 Panel 2 Information, Jackie Cassell, Francis Pearl, Kate O’Riordan
15:15 – 15:45 break
15:45 – 16:30 Panel 3 Expertise, Jane Harvell, Aristea Fotopoulou, Caroline Bassett
16:30 – 17:15 Panel 4 Conditions of Collaboration, Mick Feltham, Seb Franklin, Sally Jane Norman
17:15 – 17:45 Plenary round up and action points – with food and drinks into -
17:45 – 18:30 – social end

Questions

Each participant is asked to engage with the framing question from their own perspective – and in relation to their own research:

How do digital systems, technologies or languages shape your discipline or research area? What are the advantages and opportunities offered by this and what are the difficulties, in relation to your research or disciplinary area? These shapings, opportunities and problems might be conceptual and/or practical.

The purpose of asking this question is to identify common problems, questions or interests and to ask if these offer openings across disciplines? Are there divisions, exclusions and differences across the area of the digital (however you understand this)?

More specific questions:

What connections would you like to see that might help with building knowledge in relation to the digital? For example technical expertise, or conceptual platforms, training, external speakers, themed events , working groups, research programmes, research bids?

What impediments or divisions do you see at Sussex – or in the broader world – that hinder productive work in relation to questions about the digital?

Art – Science – Engineering Workshop, 15th June 10-12am

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Open workshop, prior registration by 8th June requested by email to M.J.Knight@sussex.ac.uk

Art – Science – Engineering Workshop: June 15th 2012, 10:00-12:00
Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, 307

Guest speaker Johannes Goebel 

Director of EMPAC – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center http://empac.rpi.edu/
Professor, Arts Department and School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Member of Attenborough Centre International Advisory Group

Workshop convened and moderated by Sally Jane Norman

Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Artshttp://www.sussex.ac.uk/acca
Professor of Performance Technologies , University of Sussex

Art, science, and engineering are regularly convened under the seductive banner of transdisciplinary research. Yet vital differences across this spectrum of activities are often glossed and lost by discourse in praise of “innovation”. This session will look at the goals and values underpinning these respective domains, and at how their convergence might be organized more thoughtfully and productively.

Biography for Johannes Goebel (http://empac.rpi.edu/about/biography/)

As Founding Director of EMPAC, and Professor in the Arts Department and School of Architecture at RPI, Johannes Goebel’s engagement with transdisciplinary challenges involves regularly producing and supporting a wide range of creative work. In 2011 he organised a workshop co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, focused on the intellectual, infrastructural and managerial requirements of an institutional network to support researchers, engineers, and artists in collaborations situated at the intersection of Arts, Science, and Technology.

Johannes’s art and technology experience commenced in the seventies when, as recipient of a DAAD German Academic Exchange grant, he joined Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. He has since upheld strong links with CCRMA, bridging Silicon Valley and contemporary European culture, developing research and pedagogical activities as a composer, teacher, instrument designer, curator and musician. In the eighties, as Founding Director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, Johannes established the ZKM as a leading international music and technology hub, commissioning work which included compositions with live and interactive electronics, sound synthesis, interactive operas and radio plays, sound installations, ballet music, and music films with live orchestras, and ensuring a continuous programme of performances and festival co-productions. Throughcollaboration between Stanford (notably with Max Mathews) and the ZKM, Johannes helped create the first digital archive of electronic music, now used in libraries and music institutes worldwide. As consultant to the major publishing house Schott Musik International, he led the transition from traditional music engraving to electronic music printing, and with the German avant-garde label Wergo produced pioneering Audio CD collections devoted to Digital Music andDigital Sound Synthesis.

Excursions journal CFP: ‘Science/Fiction’

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Excursions logo
Excursions is the interdisciplinary open-access peer-reviewed journal set up and run by Sussex researchers.
Download the CFP poster [PDF]
Download the CFP poster (PDF)

Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.[1]
Karl Popper

Arts research needs to change direction, to look outwards, and investigate the audience not the texts. It needs to link up with sociology and psychology and public health, and create a body of knowledge about what the arts actually do to people. Until that happens, we cannot even pretend that we are taking the arts seriously.[2]
John Carey

Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.[3]
Jonah Lehrer

As the ‘Two Cultures’ debate of the mid-twentieth century, and the ‘Science Wars’ of the 1990s, suggest, relations between the sciences and the arts and humanities have often been characterized by mutual suspicion, frustration, and misapprehension. In academia, interdepartmental competition for diminishing resources has only exacerbated this trend.

But this polarized picture belies the rich possibilities presented by the intersection and / or re-articulation of these two fields. In this spirit Excursions calls for critical scholarly work on any aspect of the relationship between science and the humanities. We welcome submissions from any discipline, within the contexts of academia, scientific/cultural institutions or society itself. We strongly encourage work that questions or challenges preconceived disciplinary boundaries.

Submissions may consider, but are by no means limited to:

    • The question of ‘truth’ in science, art, literature, and the humanities
    • Science fiction / Fiction as science / Science as fiction (or scientific narrative)
    • The Two Cultures / The Science Wars / The Sokal affair
    • The notion of the experimental in art and literature
    • ‘Impact’  and the instrumentalization of academic research. Can and should science and humanities research be assessed against the same criteria?
    • The public legitimization of science / climate change denialism / the UEA email affair
    • Psuedoscience and the humanities. Karl Popper regarded Marxism and Psychoanalysis as ‘pseudosciences’ because their findings were unfalsifiable. Should the humanities be concerned about this kind of criticism?
    • Popular science writing
    • Engagement with the work of figures such as Thomas Kuhn, Karl Popper, Bruno Latour.

Scholarly papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must follow MHRA style guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film, photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission. All enquiries should be sent to enquiries@excursions-journal.org.uk.Submissions should be made via our website, www.excursions-journal.org.uk, no later than 1st August 2012.

This Call for Papers is also issued under the GNU Free Documentation License.


[1] Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963. London: Routledge, 2002), 66.

[2] Carey, What Good Are the Arts? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 167.

[3] Lehrer, Proust Was a NeuroScientist (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007), xii.

Institute of Ideas Academy Scholarship Programme

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Events from the inbox: a subsidised, residential, interdisciplinary academy scholarship from the Institute of Ideas. Philosophy, History, Literature…


Does the idea of grappling with the great existential questions of free will and determinism through the works of Homer and Sophocles, Thomas Paine and Herbert Spencer, Jane Austen and Dostoevsky, Martin Luther and Jean-Paul Sartre, appeal to you? Would you like to spend a long summer weekend in a stimulating and open environment, with interesting, like minded people from all walks of life? Do you have a passion of the greatest works in the historical, philosophical, classical, and literary cannons? If so, then the new Academy Scholarship Programme for students between the ages of 18-23, organised by the Institute of Ideas is definitely for you. The full price may be a challenge for students, so this year we have launched a new Academy Scholarship Programme for students between the ages of 18-23.

The Institute of Ideas Academy is a three day residential retreat from Friday 20th July to Monday 23rd July, in which we aim to get away from the overly prescriptive nature of debate in society at large, and be unashamedly esoteric and intellectual for a weekend, in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. This year, there are three separate lecture series on Classics, Literature and History as well as a plenary series on Free will and Determinism. They will explore texts as diverse as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Homers Illiad, right through to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Sartre’s Nausea, in the hope that together we may come to better understand the great question of whether we are truly free, or whether we are determined by human nature, circumstances or indeed God.

As well as this, the Academy Scholars will also have three additional lectures organised for them on Liberty, the role of The Public Intellectual, and the Western Canon on Friday 20th July, prior to the main programme which will begin on the morning of Saturday 21st July.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Scholarship Programme, and you will be joining Institute of Ideas members from every possible walk of life; from Professors and academics, to other students, Barristers, film makers and writers. The one thing that they all share is a passion for knowledge. And as such, the environment is one of free thinking, in which everybody will have the opportunity to cultivate themselves in beautiful surroundings, with good books, good food and drink, and amongst good company.

The scholarship programme offers a limited number of students the chance to attend for the heavily subsidised price of £60 for three nights’ accommodation and full board at the luxury Wyboston Lakes complex in Bedfordshire.

To apply for an Academy Scholarship, please submit a 500-word (max) essay on the question: “What is the value of the humanities today?” Please also submit a 300-word (max) motivation on why you in particular deserve to attend The Academy.

Submit applications online by 11am May 15 2012. When we have successfully received your application you will be sent the reading list so you can start preparing while we evaluate the applications.

All successful candidates will be notified on June 1st 2012

For more information on the Scholarship Programme, please email scholarship@instituteofideas.com and to learn more about the Academy itself, and to see full details of the lectures and schedule, please visit: http://www.instituteofideas.com/academy2012.html

Further resources

CFP: Inaugural issue of Human Welfare: An international journal of graduate research

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Journal logo: AtlasHuman Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research is dedicated to original graduate student research that investigates issues of human welfare in any part of the world. This journal will appeal to students, scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and anyone else seeking to understand new research related to human welfare that is being carried out by today’s brightest young scholars.

Human Welfare seeks to promulgate research among emerging scholars in ANY discipline, and is intended for publishing the work of graduate students (i.e., masters and doctorate students) at any stage of their research. Students who have completed a graduate program within the previous year may also submit a manuscript that is based on their graduate research project(s).

For more information, please see Human Welfare Inaugural Issue: CFP details, email us at hwc@gtc.ox.ac.uk, or visit our website.

Email your submission by 9 December 2011 for eligibility for Online Early Access, or by 3 February 2012 for eligibility for the first issue (May 2012).

Mathematics, computation and biology workshop, 9th Nov

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Environment and Health Research Theme

Many biologists, mathematicians and informaticians across the University and Medical School say they want to work more closely together, but need a better understanding of who may have the skills they need to work with. Clearly a dating agency is needed…..

So the Environment and Health Research Theme team is planning a Workshop, at which biologists can “pitch” their analysis wishes against analysts expertise. The meeting is being co-ordinated by Dr Anotida Madzvamuse (Theme Advisory Group), Prof Jackie Cassell (Research Theme Leader), and Debbie Foy-Everett (Research Development Officer, Research Themes).

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 9th November, 3-6pm, followed by refreshments, at a central location on Sussex campus TBC

Here’s what we need you to tell us before the day:

For mathematician/informaticians/physicists Responses

  • What techniques or approaches would you like to share with Life Science or Medical researchers?
  • What kind of researchers do you think would be interested?
  • Do you have a web link where people could look at your work in advance?
  • What would you like to get out of the meeting?

For life sciences/medical researchers Responses

  • What problem or analysis need do you want to address at this meeting?
  • What kind of researcher do you think would be interested?
  • Do you have a web link where people could look at your work in advance?
  • What would you like to get out of the meeting?

This information will be used in planning the meeting. There will be prizes for the most successful blind dates of the evening….

We hope this event will give us:

  • A set of planned initial collaborations – in the form of prepare an initial no cost collaboration (e.g. as a student project), and/or the germ of a potentially fundable proposal.
  • A map of the data analysis expertise relevant to life sciences that is available across the university (e.g. signal detection, analysis of large scale datasets, imaging analysis) – along with a map of gaps in expertise.
  • 1 and 6 months later, we will follow up to see if this has given rise to active collaborations.

What should you do now?

Please forward to anyone who might like to come and reply to Debbie Foy-Everett at D.Foy-Everett@sussex.ac.uk

CFP: International Trade & Academi Research Conference, 7th – 8th Nov, London

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Call for Papers:  ITARC – London 2011 7th – 8th November www.abrmr.com

International Trade & Academic Research Conference (ITARC)

Overview of the Conference

The dynamics of international trade have taken on an added significance in the light of the challenges created by the recent global financial crisis. Entire sectors and even nations have begun to reassess their trading relationships and the more enlightened are eager to gain an insight into the theories and processes that have helped certain economies to weather the storm. The emerging giants of Brazil, China and India are demanding greater attention and ensuring that practitioners and academics alike invest more time and resources in understanding where their economies are at and how they will shape future of international trade. The conference seeks to elucidate a wealth of issues related not just too international trade, but also business management and the retail sector. Contributions should therefore be of interest to scholars, practitioners and researchers in management in both developed and developing countries targeting a worldwide readership.

Subject Coverage

Although broad in coverage, the following areas are indicative and nurture the interests of the Conference:

  • The linkage between international trade and overseas aid
  • International Trade in the context of the current economic climate
  • Transparency in government procurement
  • Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
  • Remittances and their part in trade and export development
  • The interplay between the G4 and trade round implementation issues
  • How trade facilitation is conceptualized and made operational in different emerging markets
  • The role of the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM)
  • The linkages between global trade and corporate social responsibility
  • The language and rhetoric of import sensitive products
  • The role of tariff barriers and agro-subsidies
  • Management and retail marketing
  • Business management
  • Business policies, strategies, and performance
  • Creativity in Internet management and retailing
  • Innovation and product development, Business strategies
  • Marketing management and strategies
  • Business and retail research
  • Consumer behaviour, Customer relationship management
  • Public relations and retail communication
  • Business policy and decision-making

Conference Objectives

  • To elucidate an issue that is becoming ever more important as global economies become intertwined.
  • To learn more of the key concepts and frameworks from all disciplines regarding wide range of contemporary issues in business and management.
  • To consider the pedagogy for teaching the issue of business & management, including recommendations about topics, syllabi and course materials.
  • To meet and network with colleagues in the world’s most ethnically diverse city.

Important Dates

Draft submission deadline: 31st August 2011
Final paper submission deadline: 7th October 2011
Publication release: 7th November 2011

Submission

Authors are invited to submit original research papers, case studies, reviews, work in progress reports, abstracts, students’ papers or research proposals within the broad scope of the conference. All submitted paper will be double blind reviewed for consideration in the conference. Papers should follow the required style and format. All manuscripts should be professionally proofread before the submission. The best papers from the conference will be recognized and will be considered for publication in the Journal of Business & Retail Management Research (JBRMR).

Please note papers with more than three authors will not be accepted.

Papers should be submitted to the Editor-in-chief electronically through the online system as e-mail attachment to itarc@abrmr.com

Registration

Each conference participant is required to pay the registration fee of £295 (pound sterling). This covers conference attendance, copy of special edition of ITARC proceedings (The Business & Management Review) and conference attendance certificate.

Details

Early Birds: Before 31st August 2011

Payment after 31st August 2011

Each Participant

£295

£350

Students

£225

£250

Observers (Academic Institutions)

£195

£195

Observers (Corporate)

£250

£250

No paper to be accepted after 21st October 2011.

For more information, please visit the website at www.abrmr.com or email to us: itarc@abrmr.com

Excursions Journal CFP: ‘States of Emergence, States of Emergency’

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Deadline for articles: 15th August 2011 Extended to 1st November 2011

Submit online at: http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/cfp.html

‘The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history which is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against fascism.’

~ Walter Benjamin, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ (1940)

Excursions logoBenjamin’s remarks on states of emergency have been fundamental to an understanding of political life which considers the roles played by threat, danger and fear in processes of political control. In one sense, Benjamin suggests that we live in a constant state of emergency, something Giorgio Agamben has called the ‘paradigm of modern politics’, a situation where threat is deployed by government in order to wield power and restrict human rights. Yet Benjamin refers to the need to ‘bring about a real state of emergency’ (italics added), suggesting, perhaps, the etymological connection between ‘emergency’ and the verb ‘emerge’. We could thus read Benjamin as calling for something new, for a state of emergence in which newness is constituted.

Excursions, an interdisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, now calls for submissions upon the theme of emergence/emergency which draw upon the vast possibilities contained both in terms of disaster, threat and power, as well as beginning, becoming and creating. As a journal with an interdisciplinary mandate we welcome research from all areas, creating a space wherein the richness of concepts can be explored. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of states of emergency, states of emergency in different historical contexts, parallels across contexts
  • A literal take on ‘states of emergence/ emergency’ perhaps inspired by the ‘Arab Spring’ – the emergence of new democracies, new political rights, new modes of political representation
  • New technologies/media – their role in shaping public space, discourse and our relationships with others; their implication in new forms of representation/artistic practice; the (re)presentation of states of emergency in the media
  • General emergence – the rise of new aesthetic or political paradigms and perhaps the difficulties inherent in recognising/ narrating these emergences
  • Emergence and origins – narratives or myths of origins and emergence; our modes of narrating the emergence of the individual, the state etc.
  • Scientific advances – space exploration, genetics, cloning – the border of threat and newness
  • Environmental/ecological disaster and emergent environmental conditions
  • Physical/chemical states, stasis and change

Excursions Journal: ‘Virus’ Issue & Launch Party

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Update from Martin eve, on Excursions: the interdisciplinary open-access journal set up and run by Sussex researchers.

In the contemporary world, notions of the viral are infused, as was impossible in a pre-globalised time, with connotations both positive and negative. Even as the AIDS pandemic, caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, continues to rage worldwide, marketeers use the same terminology of infection when they speak of their success; they have “gone viral”. Meanwhile, on the software front, a campaign of “biological/viral warfare” has reached the next stage of its analogy with (allegedly) state-sponsored malware, such as the Stuxnet worm, attacking industrial and nuclear facilities with hitherto unprecedented levels of sophistication. From this slim set of examples, a host of possibilities arise. Where does the virus sit in the realm of aesthetics? What could be the political side of the viral? Is such a terminological analogy ethically appropriate? It was with these in mind that the Excursions board called for papers addressing the topic of the Virus. The issue we are about to release is the culmination of that call.

We received a large number of submissions, many of which, sadly, didn’t make it through our tough peer review procedures. The end result is a small issue that goes, nevertheless, to the core of the topic. Producing a journal issue is no small matter and this issue has, yet again, been made possible by the hard work of Sussex postgraduates who coordinated with the academics on the advisory board; communicated with the submitting authors; and copyedited, proofread and produced the galleys. The end result is an issue that will be indexed by all the major cataloging entities (you’ll see it in university libraries in the near future!), under a full-blown ISSN assignment, but still free to access at point of readership owing to our Open Access ideology.

Download the PDF invitation to the Excursions celebration

To celebrate this achievement, we will be holding a launch party event, with free drinks, on the 24th of June, from 4-7pm in the Creativity Zone, formerly InQBate. Come to this event to find out about the journal, how you can become involved with the editorial board or how to submit work for our forthcoming call for papers: “States of Emergence, States of Emergency”.

While the pieces in the issue speak for themselves and therefore require little introduction, the editorial board would like to thank Peter Boxall, Tracy Egbert, Vicky Lebeau, Graeme Pedlingham and Sarah Robins-Hobden for their assistance throughout.

Martin Paul Eve
Chief Editor

Liz Sage, Joanna Kellond, Erika Szostak
Senior Editors

Ruth Charnock, Gillian Daw, David Hull, Seda Ilter, Carina Westling, Joanna Wood
Editorial Board

First of the “Mind and Brain” research theme seminar series

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Event: Beauty Seminar Series

Location: Fulton 104

16th June 2011 4.00-6.00pm

The Mind and Brain Research theme[1] is hosting the first of a projected series of seminars on beauty.

Daniel Osorio will introduce the Mind and Brain Research theme and will be followed by Michael Morris who will present a talk entitled ‘Beauty and Representation’.

This seminar is open to faculty and students and there will be refreshments afterwards.

If you would like to attend the event please email Eleanor Marsh at Eleanor.Marsh@sussex.ac.uk


[1] Find out more about our six interdisciplinary Research Themes