Speaker profile: Joanna Zylinska at the Queer feminist social media praxis workshop, Sussex, 17 May 2013

joanna_zylinska3_webWe’re happy to announce that Joanna Zylinska will be participating in the plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

Joanna Zylinska is Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of four books – most recently, Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012) and Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press, 2009) – she is also a translator of Stanislaw Lem’s major philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae (University of Minnesota’ Press, 2013). Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she runs the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life, which publishes open access books at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences. Zylinska is one of the Editors of Culture Machine, an international open-access journal of culture and theory. She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. Her current projects involve photographing media entanglements and serving as Artistic Director of Transitio_MX05 ‘Biomediations’, Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City (September 2013). She is also working on critical vitalism, nonhuman photography and ‘a big theory of media’, while trying to outline a minimal ethics for the anthropocene.

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Speaker profile: Prof Sally-Jane Norman (Queer feminist social media praxis workshop, Sussex, 17 May 2013)

Professor Sally-Jane Norman will be discussant in the plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

sjnkapiti2As Professor of Performance Technologies, Sally Jane develops cross-campus research, supervising PhDs with colleagues from humanities, arts and sciences, leading on “Sound Environments” (Music Masters), and contributing to Art History courses. Before coming to Sussex in 2010 to help shape the refurbished building that will house the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Sally Jane was founding director of Newcastle University’s interdisciplinary Culture Lab. Holder of a doctorat d’état (Paris III Theatre Institute, Sorbonne Nouvelle), she has long been engaged with theatre and performance theory and practice, including areas of motion capture, robotics, and responsive systems explored across European Framework projects. Ex artistic co-director of STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam), and co-founder of Telefonica’s Vida Art and Artificial Life competition, her research approaches questions of liveness and live art via performance architectures and technologies. She contributed to the Architectural Theory Review issue on “Emergence” (2012), and with Bennett Hogg is co-editor of a Contemporary Music Review issue on “Resistant Materials” (2013).

Kira O’Reilly in the plenary discussion Radical art, feminism, new technologies and performance

Photo credit Debbie Kermode

photo by Debbie Kermode

It is great pleasure to announce that Kira O’Reilly will be participating in the closing plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. Continue reading

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (a.k.a. Maria X) – plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance

We are pleased that Maria Chatzichristodoulou (a.k.a. Maria X) will be participating in the  plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, which will close the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May). Maria is a cultural practitioner (curator, producer, performer and writer). She is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull.

In London, Maria has co-directed and co-convened the festival and symposium Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance (London, 2007), the symposium From Black Box to Second Life (Scarborough, 2009), and the conference Live Interfaces (Leeds, 2011). She is also co-convener of the Theatre and Performance Research Association working group on Performance and New Technologies. Maria is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009) and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She has lectured and published widely, including invited lectures at Yale University, MIT Media Lab and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).

Maria holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths Digital Studios, University of London. She has taught at the University of London colleges Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, and Richmond the International American University. She also worked as a Community Officer at The Albany (South London). Maria was co-founder and co-director of the international media art festival Medi@terra and Fournos Centre for Digital Culture in Athens, Greece (1996-2002). She has performed with Diplous Eros Ensemble and director Syllas Tzoumerkas (Greece).

CFP Panel stream SCCS Global Feminisms

SUSSEX CENTRE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES [SCCS]
Invitation for PANELS on the theme of GLOBAL FEMINISMS, for the 2nd Annual IFjP Conference, (Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms.

Please submit complete panels, or individual proposals for papers to be considered for the panel stream GLOBAL FEMINISMS. Proposals that address some dimension of ‘the cultural’ within global feminisms will be particularly welcome.

Deadline: 31st January 2013
http://ifjp2013.wordpress.com/submissions/