[-empyre-] Welcome to November's discussion

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Mon Nov 12 14:29:59 EST 2012

We are forwarding on the Risk description once again with all of our
guest's biographies.  Looking forward to week 2. Renate Ferro and Tim

November on –empyre- soft-skinned space:
Risk: From Culture to Practice
Moderated by Timothy Murray (US) and Renate Ferro (US) with invited discussants
Week 1 November 4th
 Bishnupriya Ghosh
 Bhaskar Sarkar

Week 2 November 11th
"William C. Leiss"
“Stewart Ayash”

Week 3:  November 18th
Anna Watkins Fisher
Annie McClanahan

Week 4: November 25th
Paulina Aroch Fugellie
Patty Keller

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Risk:  From Culture to Practice

Responding to issues that surfaced in last week’s Cornell University
conference on Risk at Humanities on the eve of Superstorm Sandy, which
has rocked New York and New Jersey, -empyre- will spend the month of
November holding a discussion of “Risk: From Culture to Practice.” We
have invited participants in the conference at the Society for the
Humanities to reflect on the conceptual notion of risk, from the
historical to the theoretical, from the biological to the ecological.
This month moderators Tim Murray and Renate Ferro ask how risk
dialogues with broader  artistic, biological, ecological, economic,
and technological approaches to culture and practice.

Given the recent devastation of the hurricane and tropical storm
Sandy, we anticipate continued reflection on accident, danger, and
uncertainty. How
might risk lie at the heart of ritual and religion / legislation and
government / letters and art, technology and science?
How do scholarly and artistic practices cut across and against
boundaries depend on and profit from risk?
Risk @ empyre soft-skinned space this  month sits on unstable terrain.
What might it mean to research risk in relation to economic collapse,
environmental degradation, immunological threat, or military

Artistic form and practice themselves also contribute to an ongoing
understanding of risk. How might experiments in new media articulate
aesthetic interventions across the topography of risk? Might new
electronic and digital networks, mobilities, and artistic projects
threaten or empower the arts?

Our –empyre- subscribers are invited to share their own ideas,
instances, and inferences of risk across geographies, historical
periods, disciplinary boundaries, social contexts and digital
networks.  In the face of superstorms, global warming, and
geopolitical instabilities, we look forward to a dialogue between
empyreans and our guests currently researching Risk at Cornell's
for the Humanities.

Renate Ferro is a conceptual artist working in emerging technology and
Most recently her work has been featured at The Freud Museum
(London), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA
(Mexico), The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary), and The Free
University Berlin (Germany).  Her work has been published in such
journals as Diacritics, Theatre Journal, and Epoch. She is a
co-moderator for the online new media list serve -EMPYRE-soft-skinned
space. Ferro is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of
Art at Cornell University teaching digital media and theory. She also
directs the Tinker Factory, a creative research lab for Research
Design, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Research.

Timothy Murray is Director of the Society for the Humanities,
Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Curator of the
Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. Co-Managing Moderator of the
-empyre- new media listserv, he alsoe sits on the Executive Committee
of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced
Collaboratory (HASTAC).  Among his books are Digital Baroque: New
Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota 2008); Zonas de Contacto: el
arte en CD-ROM (Centro de la imagen, 1999); Drama Trauma: Specters of
Race and Sexuality in Performance, Video, Art (Routledge, 1997); Like
a Film: Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera, and Canvas (Routledge,
1993);  His curatorial projects include CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA and Contact
Zones: The Art of the CD-Rom.Technology.

Week 1
Bishnupriya Ghosh teaches postcolonial theory, literature, and global
media studies in the English Department, University of California,
Santa Barbara. Much of her scholarly work—essays, co-edited volumes,
and two monographs (When Borne Across, 2004 and Global Icons,
2011)—variously investigate contemporary cultures of globalization.
She is currently working on two monographs on speculative knowledge:
The Unhomely Sense: Spectral Cinemas of Globalization, a book on
spectral apprehensions of the global in contemporary postcolonial
cinemas, and Speculating Life in Pandemic Media, a comparative study
of prophylactic media in South Asia and South Africa.

Bhaskar Sarkar teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies at
the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests
include media and globalization, Asian media cultures, and risk and
speculative media.  Author of MOURNING THE NATION: INDIAN CINEMA IN
THE WAKE OF PARTITION (Duke University Press, 2009) and co-editor of
DOCUMENTARY TESTIMONIES (Routledge, 2009), Sarkar is currently
completing a monograph on Bollywood's "plastic nationalism." He is
also involved in a collaborative project, SPECULATIVE GLOBALITIES. As
a Fellow at Cornell's Society for the Humanities this year, he is
exploring piracy as a productive cultural phenomenon that pushes
against hegemonic notions of property, law, territory, civil society,
and agency.
Week 2
Stewart Auyash is at Ithaca College where he is Associate Professor
and Chair in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical
Education.  He studies public health policy and communication focusing
on international representations of public health in the media
including SARS, H1N1, and health inequalities.

William Leiss is a Senior Invited Fellow at Cornell University's
Society for the Humanities, and Scientist at the McLaughlin Centre for
Population Health Risk Management at the University of Ottawa.   From
1999 to 2004 he held the NSERC/SSHRC Research Chair in Risk
Communication and Public Policy in the Haskayne School of Business,
University of Calgary, and from 1994 to 1999 he held the Eco-Research
Chair in Environmental Policy at Queen’s University, Kingston,
Ontario. A Fellow and Past-President (1999-2001) of the Royal Society
of Canada and an Officer in the Order of Canada, he authored over ten
books, including C. B. Macpherson: Dilemmas of Liberalisn and
Socialism, Under Technology's Thumb, Risk and Responsibility,Mad Cows
and Mother's Milk (1997)

 Week 3
Anna Watkins Fisher Anna Fisher received her Ph.D. from Brown
University in the Department of Modern Culture and Media and works in
the areas of performance and media studies, experimental art, queer
and feminist studies, and critical theory.  Fisher has published in
TDR (The Drama Review), WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), Artforum and
e-flux journal's Art&Education, Le Texte étranger, and Women and
Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

Annie McClanahan is an Assistant Professor of English at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. in English
from UC Berkeley in 2009 and was a 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellow at
the Humanities Center at Harvard University. She is currently a
Society Fellow at the Cornell Society for the Humanities, where she is
completing a book titled Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century
Culture. She has published on the ideologies of financialization, the
doctrine of preemption, and the politics of student debt. Most
recently, her essay "Dead Pledges: Debt, Horror, and Credit Crisis"
appeared in the online journal Post-45 Peer Reviewed.

Week 4
Paulina Aroch-Fugellie holds a Ph.D. in cultural analysis from
Amsterdam University, with a focus on postcolonial theory. She is
lecturer in African studies at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios
Superiores de Monterrey and assistant professor in art theory and
interdisciplinary methodologies at the Centro Nacional de las Artes,
both in Mexico City. She is a 2012-13 fellow at the Society for the
Humanities, with a project entitled "Risk at the Periphery". In her
present research, she explores the notion of risk across disciplines
and geo-politcal boundaries, focusing on art from the global periphery
as a space that points to scholastic imaginations of risk as
narratives that themselves have to be questioned. Her other areas of
interest include semiotics, critical theory and psychoanalytic
theories of language.

Patty Keller is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of
Romance Studies at Cornell University. Her research and teaching
interests are in the fields of modern and contemporary Spanish
cultural studies, with an emphasis on visual culture and the
intersections between literary, filmic and photographic texts.
Currently, she is completing a book manuscript titled Ghostly
Landscapes: Film, Photography, and the Aesthetics of Haunting, which
examines the relationship between ideology, spectrality, and visual
culture in fascist and post-fascist Spain. Her work on Spanish
photography and cinema includes scholarly articles published in the
Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispanic Research Journal and
Hispanic Issues. She is beginning research for her second book
project—Photography’s Wound—a study that explores structures of
belief, the ethics of seeing, and figurations of the wound in
contemporary Spanish photography. Her additional research interests
are fascist technologies and spectacles, new wave cinemas, landscape
theory, critical theory, film theory, and philosophical and political
approaches to reading photog


Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

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