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Story+/Bass Connections Accepting Applications

Deadline: February 14

Applications are now being accepted for Story+/Bass Connections, a 6-week paid summer research experience for Duke students interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more).. The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences. In Story+, students are organized into small project teams and have the opportunity to participate in a flexible mini “curriculum” on research methods and storytelling strategies. Team projects may be led by Duke faculty, Duke librarians, or non-profit organizations, and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by graduate student mentors.The priority deadline for all student applications is 11:59 PM February 14, 2020. Visit the Story+ webpage for more information.


Call for Entries: "Waging Peace in Vietnam" Short Documentary and Essay Contest

Deadline: February 17

The North Carolina Veterans for Peace will award two $500 prizes for the best short documentary and best student essay based on reflections of the exhibit "Waging Peace in Vietnam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War," on view at Duke Divinity School, 00 Level of Westbrook, through February 15. The deadline to submit a documentary or essay is February 17. Read more about the exhibit and its companion book.

The documentary should be three minutes or shorter and convey what the exhibit means to you and its lessons for today. You must include at least one image from the exhibit and you may use any additional source material you choose. Essays should be between 400 – 650 words in length and reflect what the exhibit means to you and lessons for today.

Email entries to info@WagingPeaceInVietnam.com. You must include your full name, school name, email address and phone number. By submitting your documentary or essay you agree that the NC Veterans for Peace may publish it.

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Call for Papers-Symposium On Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence and Speculative Computation

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Where: Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale', Naples Italy
When: June 18th & 19th

The imminent horizon of full automation is re-engineering geo-political orders of the planet. Intelligent machines of enslavement, surveillance and incarceration become todays’ weapons of colonialisms and planetary control. Attached to the predictive logic of computation is Science Fiction Capital (Fisher 2009), whose target are the futurities of diasporic movements (by constructing zones of perpetual war, introducing transparent check points, and fixing variable borders) including scenarios of indetermination in AI networked systems. SF Capital turns the un-tapped potentials of diasporas into threats that are recorded as affective, desiring, cognitive, social, cultural, aesthetic data. While the dispossessed of the earth are walled within the informatic circuits of domination, their indeterminable value remains central to the recursive capitalization of endless variations. This two-day symposium aims to inaugurate a set of transversal conversations entailing theoretical, cultural, aesthetic and political interventions about the generic logic of recursive colonialisms today. It starts from a reflection about how global colonialisms enact a series of recursive feedbacks between epistemologies of enslavement (the evolutionary organicism of speciation, racialization, sexualization) and those based on the data assemblages of increasingly fragmented dividuals (the bits and bites of data that constitute an ever-morphing personal profile) constantly recombined by automated procedures. It is here that the speculative logic of computation (or indeterminate reasoning) is harnessed by the autopoietic self-determination of knowledge sustaining an expansive apparatus of capture aiming to turn entropic, incompressible quantities into finite units.

 

Paradoxically, the advance of dividual modes of enslavement reifies the limit of instrumental rationality as much as Science Fiction Capital becomes dependent on the incompleteness of computational systems. Methods of prediction at the core of Artificial Intelligence today do not only combine statistical and algorithmic methods in ANN (artificial neural networks) but have gone far into speculative methods of automated learning, shifting data modelling towards the paradigm of the incomputable.

 

This two-days symposium invites discussions about speculative computation and automated logics of indeterminacies originating from diasporic cultures, politics and aesthetics as instances of transversal epistemologies against the recursive informatics of colonialisms preserving the white face of the human in the name of data. It will host a set of conversations between paired speakers and the participation of young scholars and PhD students working in this area. The symposium will be accompanied by the work of audio-visual artists, DJs and music producers exploring practices of diasporic and speculative computation.

 

We invite anyone interested in joining us and participating in our conversations to complete this online registration form. We also welcome presentations from scholars working in this field and encourage to submit a 500-word abstract paper proposal  (to be submitted in the online registration form) to be considered for participating in a panel. We are interested in papers on the following topics:

Diasporic Futurities 
Data Enslavement 
SF Capital 
Automated Reason
Autopoetic Colonialism 
Machine Aesthetics 
Techno-Social Politics 
Haunting Logics

 

Registration and submissions need to be completed by February 15th, 2020. Authors will be notified by March 1, 2020 of decision. To begin your registration and submit a proposal, click the following link. If you have any questions, then please direct them to recursivecolonialisms@gmail.com.Registration and submissions need to be completed by February 15th, 2020. Authors will be notified by March 1, 2020 of decision.

https://www.criticalpolicystudies.com/recursive-colonialisms-symposium

 

The Critical Computation Bureau
Luciana Parisi (Duke University)
Tiziana Terranova (Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale')
Ezekiel Dixon-Román (University of Pennsylvania)

 

In collaboration with
Dr Oana Parvan (Goldsmiths, London)
Dr Brian D’Aquino (IUO, Naples)

 

Co-Sponsors:
Duke University
Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale'
University of Pennsylvania


Call for Presentations: 2020 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference

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Call for Applications: 2020 Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory

Deadline: March 15, 2020

2020 Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory

THEORY, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE POLITICAL IMAGINATION

Bologna • June 22 – July 3, 2020

Deadline: March 15, 2020 at 3pm Bologna Time (GMT +1)

The 2020 Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory will examine the entanglement of theory, technology and the political imagination. The big data revolution, the rise of social media and the emergence of machine intelligence have led to radical shifts in conceptions of human reason, political economy, communicative action, social relations, sovereignty and individuation. We will explore how these contemporary theoretical transformations both speak to and depart from the work of the Frankfurt School critical theory, which reconceptualized the role of reason, power, ideology, technology, and culture in the era of fascisms. The program will draw on the expertise of scholars working in different research fields and across multiple critical traditions to address the role of critical theory in this era of algorithms and populisms. We will examine a variety of questions such as: How might we understand the current crisis of the political imagination and its degeneration into extremist worldviews through the lens of social media and a global computational regime? How has our understanding of human reason been transformed by recent advances in digital cognitive systems and neuroscience? What happens to social relations when our modes of connectivity become available for computational calculation? How have social movements been transformed in our digital era?  And how have the arts addressed and been shaped by technological transformation? 

Up to 40 total participants will be selected and required to attend all plenary lectures, the two morning courses, and at least one afternoon class per week.

This year participants at the Summer School have also a chance to apply to a call for papers organized by Camilla Fojas and Sandro Mezzadra on MARITIME BORDERS, TECHNOLOGY, AND SECURITY.

For full summer school program, click here.

All applicants must apply through the Summer School website - see instructions here. Up to 5 travel grants are available for Duke students admitted to the program (funds provided by the Duke Graduate School and administered by the Franklin Humanities Institute). If accepted, please contact FHI Associate Director Christina Chia (christina.chia@duke.edu).


Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants

Deadline: March 23, 2020

Overview

The goal of this grant competition is to expand the opportunities for graduate students to augment their core research and training by acquiring additional skills, knowledge, or experiences that are not available at Duke and that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research. We believe such experiences will lead to better preparation/training, whether for academic positions or other career trajectories. Supported activities include:

  • an internship with a community organization, government agency, NGO, or cultural institution, related to the student’s area of study (doctoral students only);
  • participation in a cognate training workshop; or
  • a field research opportunity that includes specific training.

For the 2020 competition, proposals from doctoral students for summer internships will receive particular attention. Please note that we will only provide funding for experiences with not-for-profit hosts, such as NGOs, cultural institutions, foundations, and government agencies. Applicants will need to demonstrate how the activities associated with the proposed research experience aligns with their fields of study and research interests.

The Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) resource page includes information and advice about how to explore research experiences eligible for GSTEG support.

Click here for more information.