This book seeks to understand the problematic encounter we have with experiences of suffering, the ‘aversive affects’ that trouble but also enliven, or intensify, media forms and communication processes. McCosker argues that as participants in global media and communication environments, our inherent vulnerability to the intensities and aversive affects of pain, while highly unpredictable, stands as both a requisite and catalyst for individual and collective thought and action in many key spheres of social life.
Author: Anthony McCosker lecturer in Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan
More: There is something unsettling, but also powerful, in the encounter with individual and collective experiences of human suffering. Intensive Media explores the discomfort and fascination initiated by instances of pain and suffering, their ‘aversive affects’, as they trouble but also vitalise contemporary media environments. In the contexts of crisis, conflict and suffering explored throughout this book, aversive affect operates micropolitically to make explicit or hide the material conditions that surround instances of pain in all its specificity. In so many scenarios, personal, social and political stakes are set around the thresholds of intensity that give rise to encounters with the ‘sense’ of pain and the unpredictable valences of its aversive affects. McCosker’s case studies develop outwards from the middle of what has been referred to as ‘the problem of pain’, a problem that traverses media, communication, art, sociality and politics in their confrontation with affect, biology and neurophysiology.
The conference theme of PDC 2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”, a reaction to the technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’.
Submissions due Jan-Mar, 2014.
The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC), Windhoek, Namibia, Oct 6-10, 2014.
View full call: http://www.pdc2014.org/
DIS is the an international arena where designers, artists, psychologists, user experience researchers, systems engineers and many more come together to debate and shape the future of interactive systems research, design, and practice.
Submissions due Jan, 2014
ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), June 21-25, Vancouver, Canada.
The theme of the conference is “Crafting Design.” We see the confluence of phenomena that may constitute new approaches and new foci in HCI and interaction design. The re-emergence of hand skills is evident in the development of multi-touch and full body interfaces. DIY and Maker cultures have become a widespread phenomenon in which craftsmanship of the maker matters. Wearable computing revisits the use of traditional craft in new way and the (technologically) self-constructed self is another kind of democratic craft. Documentations of the self where we create enduring records of everything from social encounters to our heart-rates become designed vehicles for abstract mirrors of the self.
Read full call: http://dis2014.iat.sfu.ca/
By 2020, it has been predicted that all software will be developed for mobile devices. Although significant advances have been made exploring the issues involved in the design and development of mobile apps, comparatively little attention has been drawn to how well they are engineered. This special issue of Software Quality Journal will present a collection of high quality and thought provoking articles that consider how software quality can be fostered in the engineering of mobile apps.
Submissions due Nov 15, 2013
The topics addressed by this special issue include, but are not limited to:
This book offers an expansive record of hypertext over the last 60 years, pinpointing the major breakthroughs and fundamental flaws in its evolution. The author argues that some of the earliest hypertext systems were more richly connected and in some respects more flexible than the Web; this is also a fascinating account of the paths not taken.
Author: Belinda Barnet, Lecturer in Media at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
Published by: Anthem Press
MORE – The author ends the journey through computing history at the birth of mass domesticated hypertext, at the point that it grew out of the university labs and into the Web. And yet she suggests that hypertext may not have completed its evolutionary story, and may still have the capacity to become something different, something much better than it is today.
This book aims to show how democratic theory can become empirically applicable and the social sciences normatively relevant. It does this by linking democratic theory to the theory of society and relating both to a cognitive-communicative account of public culture.
Author: Patrick O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland.
Published by: Peter Lang
ABOUT – Normative democratic theory does not lie securely above societal argumentation but is instead a crucial part of it. We need to know not just how the public should reason, but how it actually does reason, or could reason in better foreseeable circumstances. After all, given the general societal and cosmopolitan challenges that we face, the health and the necessary extension of democracy fundamentally depends on the reasoning capacities of the public. The concept of the public sphere is intrinsic to understanding this process, but it has long been limited by its division into the twin approaches of normative argumentation in democratic theory and empirical-theoretical application in the social sciences. […]
Next issue of Journal of Peer Production is dedicated to critical studies of FabLabs, makerspaces, hackerspaces etc.
Submission proposals due: Sep 30, 2013
EXCERPT – In the last years we have witnessed an incredible proliferation of shared machine shops in a confusing number of genres: hackerspaces, makerspaces, Fab Labs and their more commercial counterparts such as TechShops, co-working spaces, accelerators and incubators. These are currently “fringe phenomena” because they play a minor role in the production of wealth, knowledge, political consensus and the social organisation of life. Interestingly, however, they also experience the same core transformations as contemporary capitalism. That is, for the individual: the convergence of work, labour and other aspects of life. On a systemic level: the rapid development of algorithmically driven technical systems and their intensifying role in social organisation. Finally, as a corollary: the practical and legitimation crisis of modern institutions, echoed by renewed attempts at self-organisation. […]
Audience Transformations provides a platform for a nuanced and careful analysis of the main changes in European communicational practices, and their social, cultural and technological affordances.
Authors: Nico Carpentier, Kim Christian Schrøder, and Lawrie Hallett.
Published by Routledge
ABOUT – The concept of the audience is changing. In the twenty-first century there are novel configurations of user practices and technological capabilities that are altering the way we understand and trust media organizations and representations, how we participate in society, and how we construct our social relations. This book embeds these transformations in a societal, cultural, technological, ideological, economic and historical context, avoiding a naive privileging of technology as the main societal driving force, but also avoiding the media-centric reduction of society to the audiences that are situated within. Audience Transformations provides a platform for a nuanced and careful analysis of the main changes in European communicational practices, and their social, cultural and technological affordances.
The Making Futures programme, run by Plymouth College of Art, seeks to explore crafts critical value as a “change-maker”. A boatload of papers dealing with this topic is now freely available online.
The themes are on:
All papers can be accessed here.
The Service Design and Innovation conference aims to explore how Service Design is contributing to ‘Service Futures’ and, by doing so, to reflect on its directions as a design field. This conference is the premier international research conference exploring service design and service innovation.
All contributions due Oct 31, 2013.
Details: April 9-11, 2014, Service Design and Innovation (ServDes), Lancaster, UK.
The conference welcomes contributions that reflect on the ‘Service Futures’ theme and its implication for Service Design as a field of enquiry. Four topics with related sub-questions are suggested as a possible focus: service innovation, transformative services, service logic, and service science.
Read all about this conference on http://www.servdes.org/