[-empyre-] Welcome to November's discussion

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Mon Nov 12 15:11:39 EST 2012

Sorry for the typo of Stewart Auyash's name in this post.  Renate

On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM, Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> 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
> Murray
> 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 Auyash”
> 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
> incursion?
> 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
> Society
> for the Humanities.
> Biographies:
> Renate Ferro is a conceptual artist working in emerging technology and
> culture. 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
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> Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net
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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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