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  • Title: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: .. Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture.. Home.. CTheory LIVE.. Video and Research Archives.. Upcoming Schedule.. Research Team.. The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture.. is a research institute of and for the future, combining.. streamed electronic seminars.. , print and net publications, digital resources,.. video archives.. and a Software Analysis Lab devoted to the exploration of mobility and augmented reality.. Located in the.. Faculty of Social Sciences.. at the.. University of Victoria.. ,.. PACTAC.. is a pioneering, multidisciplinary research centre, and home to the electronic scholarly journal.. CTheory.. and.. CTheory Multimedia.. Launched 100 years after the publication of Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity and a half-century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking book,.. Understanding Media.. , the.. explores the future of technoculture in an age when digital information moves at the speed of light.. At.. , the future meets the past, with theorists, musicians, artists, biogeneticists, philosophers, gamers, coders, and political analysts asking the same question: now that we live in the global village, now that we really inhabit the spacetime fabric moving at light-speed that Einstein envisioned, what should be the social, political and ethical ends of technoculture?.. Seeking to represent every spectrum of the digital future,.. PACTAC Lectures.. also experiment with  ...   www.. criticaldigitalstudies.. net.. ) investigates leading tendencies in digital culture as well as imaginative scenarios for the future.. Browse by Series.. Digital Inflections: Visions for the Posthuman Future.. Critical Digital Studies Workshops.. Technology Society Lecture Series.. CTheory Live Interviews.. Queering Ideology Symposium.. Religion Technology Terrorism Symposium.. Michel Foucault s Legacy Symposium.. Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom.. Biotechnology Religion the Body.. Politics in the Age of Empire Symposium.. The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism.. Music in the Wires Symposium.. Life in the Wires.. Bodies in the Wires Symposium.. Surveillance in the Wires.. Electronic Theory: Future(s) of Technoculture.. Electronic Theory: Science Terror Nihilism.. Seminars.. Our Partners.. Digital Futures Series.. krokers.. Browse by Date.. February 2012.. May 2011.. March 2011.. March 2010.. October 2009.. June 2009.. November 2008.. October 2008.. September 2008.. November 2006.. October 2006.. May 2006.. April 2006.. March 2006.. March 2005.. January 2005.. November 2004.. October 2004.. March 2004.. February 2004.. January 2004.. Technology Enterprise Facility.. (TEF) Room 170.. 2300 McKenzie Ave.. Victoria, BC, Canada.. V8W 2Y2.. (250) 472-5285.. ctheory@uvic.. ca.. 14 queries.. 0.. 507 seconds.. PACIFIC CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE.. FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA.. 2300 MCKENZIE [TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE FACILITY].. ca (250) 472-5285..

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  • Title: CTheory LIVE « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Video will not load when there is no live broadcast.. Please see our.. upcoming schedule.. for details on upcoming talks.. 13 queries.. 474 seconds..

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  • Title: Video and Research Archives « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Phantasms of an Insecurity State: Social Psychosis and the Imploding American Dream.. February 3, 2012.. ---.. Stephen Pfohl.. Past-President of the American Society for the Study of Social Problems and an acclaimed social theorist, Professor Pfohl explores the fallout from the imploding American dream in a time of economic insecurity, political insurgency, and campaign politics.. Watch or download now.. The Aesthetics of Digital Longing.. May 25, 2011.. Tim Murray.. Professor Tim Murray, Director of the Society of the Humanities and curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media discusses The Aesthetics of Digital Longing by way of an evocative discussion of Rancière and Deleuze in the content of interactive installations.. He illustrates his talk with a number of installations and sound pieces from Asia that are rarely discussed, in the interests of broadening the global perspective of what we think of as politics and art.. Synthetic Emotions.. March 30, 2011.. Barbara Rauch.. This research project maps emotions and visualises the virtual emergence of emotions.. Rauch uses 3D-surface capturing devices to scan facial expressions in animals (taxidermy) and humans to then sculpt with the Phantom Arm/ SensAble FreeForm device in 3D virtual space.. When working with the haptic sculpting tool one receives a physical feedback on the hand and arm; the experience of touching and sculpting digital data in cyberspace is still awkward, as if the virtual data was not quite real data.. Werewolves, Magnetic Fields and Fingerprints of a Technological Imaginary.. Ted Hiebert.. Ted Hiebert s talk is an exploration of the technological imaginary, with a particular focus on the area of overlap between digital culture and artistic practice.. Bringing together Roland Barthes theory of technology as an extension of theatre and Nicolas Bourriaud s formulation of relational art, the talk examines spaces where technology might be understood as relational, deeply embedded in discourses of aesthetics and performance, but equally invested in maintaining the creative possibilities of social living.. Situated amidst questions of theatre, technology and art, this talk is also as a series of reflections on the possibilities of posthuman living.. Using three art projects as catalysts for the discussion,  ...   and the message to question how our interaction with the world around us changes through the use of the technologies that facilitate information transfer.. Using examples from both past and present, she discusses how these technologies extend the human self through the creation of a virtual avatar.. Androids: A Remarkable Approximation to the Organic.. March 18, 2011.. Aya Walraven.. This talk walks through a brief history of androids in the past and present.. Citing Japan as a special case, Aya Walraven explores how androids, cyborgs, and humans alike fit into society with a growing need for robotic assistance and enhancement, and touches upon the cultural roots and psychology that affects how we receive our mechanical partners.. Acting in an Uncertain World: Thinking Techno-Ecologically?.. Anita Girvan.. Borrowing the title from an essay by Michael Callon and his colleagues working at the intersection of science and technology studies and politics, this presentation, “Acting in an Uncertain World”, attempts to think through questions of environment and technology in a time of proliferating ecological crises.. These crises, no longer conceived of as ‘natural’ disasters, or ‘human’ problems but deep entanglements, suggest new forms of technologically enabled democracy, where both slowness (slowing down to institutionalize deliberative processes) and speed (especially in communicating to inform an engaged citizenry) may interact in novel ways.. Atmospheric Alienation, Carbon Tracking and Geo-Techno Agency.. March 12, 2010.. Anita Girvan is an interdisciplinary PhD student with a concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought.. Her PhD project focuses on the mediating role of the metaphor of the carbon footprint in responses to climate change, and her broader interests are in the cultural and geo-material loops of language, narrative and ecology.. She is also a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) Fellow at the University of Victoria.. AR Futurology.. Aya Walraven is a digital media and internet enthusiast who primarily works in video and web.. She is an editorial assistant at CTheory and head of PACTAC s Software Analysis Lab.. A self-appointed internet-culture historian and archivist she observes and documents online behavior, particularly in Japanese youth and anonymous communities.. Next.. 44 queries.. 612 seconds..

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  • Title: Upcoming Schedule « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: We ll have more events scheduled here soon.. Please check again!.. 17 queries.. 525 seconds..

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  • Title: Digital Inflections: Visions for the Posthuman Future « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
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  • Title: Critical Digital Studies Workshops « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Critical Digital Studies Workshops.. Code Drift.. June 4, 2009.. Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.. Code drift is the spectral destiny of the story of technology.. No necessary message, no final meaning, no definite goal: only a digital culture drifting in complex streams of social networking technologies filtered here and there with sudden changes in code frequencies, moving at the speed of random fluctuations, always seeking to make of the question of identity a sampling error, to connect with the broken energy flows of ruptures, conjurations, unintelligibility, bifurcations.. When the Book of Genesis gives way to the Book of (Information) Genetics, we are suddenly exited into a culture of epigenesis with code drifts as its primary impulse, all the human anxiety of being tethered to mobility its primary affect, and the novel historical experience of literally being skinned by technology as the body is increasingly wrapped in the new nervous system that is the global data genome.. Can We Play Fun Gay ? Disjuncture Difference in Millenial Queer Youth Narratives.. Mary Bryson.. It has become commonplace for narratives concerning youth whose lives are situated within cultures saturated by convergent media, unproblematically to reproduce assumptions regarding the meliorative role of access to networked digital media.. In these accounts, learning is co-extensive with play, access with participation, logging in with belonging, and the consumption of digital artifacts is read as meaningful engagement in networked socialities.. Techno-rationalist accounts concerning Net Gen youth and new media likewise tend to consolidate in narratives that foreground a putative impact accorded to access to techno-social networks, the possibility to overcome inequities that would otherwise accrue as a function of problematic participation and citizenship in a public.. This paper attends to the generative role of the Internet in accounts of sexual self-formation by millennial queer youth youth whose adolescence is situated in a networked, digital culture.. With particular attention to the contingent assemblage of gender, sexuality and other modes of identification, this research counters and complicates decontextualized, celebratory notions of queer youth and cyberspace.. Becoming Dragon: An Epistemology of Transition.. Micha Cardenas.. How are technologies of transformation facilitating new becomings, new modes of learning and new sites of knowledge? The performance Becoming Dragon sought to explore two lines of technology, Multi-User Virtual Environments and biotechnology.. Following Anna Munster s call for Transversal Technology Studies, this paper is an attempt to map two transversal lines between these two directions of technology: transition or becoming as a mode of being and mixing of realities, genders and sexualities as a strategy of subversion.. The intersections of these lines of technology and transversal strategies of action will be examined as operating within and against two fields of knowledge production, phenomenology and what Ricardo Dominguez has called science of the oppressed.. The Technological Unconscious, Animism and the Uncanny.. Jackson 2Bears.. This paper takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of technology by examining points of convergence between Jungian psychoanalysis and Indigenous philosophy.. The theoretical trajectory of the text will consider traditional Haudenosaunee cosmologies as a way of re-thinking contemporary questions about our digital present and future, in turn proposing possible means of engagement and resistance.. Central to the text is a critical analysis of select writings on the topic of dreams and the unconscious by Carl Jung, while at the same time reflecting on traditional Indigenous teachings extracted from the Haudenosaunee theory of dreams.. The end goal of the text is to develop an Indigenous theory of technology that is faithful to traditional teachings, while addressing the uncanny essence of digitality in contemporary times.. In the Beginning There Was and Will Have Been Noise.. Serena Kataoka.. The digital holds promise of a universal technical structure.. Arts once distinguished by their media can all be prefigured in code, and so all the arts will have been rendered digital.. Art with a discreet  ...   the conclusions and pointers towards future research?.. Illuminated Darkness: Nightmares, Blind spots and Biofeedback.. A darkness lurks in the blind spot of perception; an absence, a disappearance that can go unnoticed because it is always and immediately filled in illuminated by the neural processes of cognition.. But such interpolation does not belong merely to realms of the cognitive or the visual.. It also belongs to the imaginary allowing for an image that is distinctly not present to nevertheless infiltrate the perceptual scene.. The light of the blind spot is, in no uncertain terms, made up an hallucinated presence that preserves a seamless vision of reality by masking the reality of vision.. Nor is this dynamic limited to the questions of cognition or perception: this illumination of darkness is a trademark of digital culture in a larger sense a technological extension of the imagination caught in perceptual relation.. Digital culture is an extension of the blind spot user-generated content, replete with imaginary complexities, uncertainties and paradoxes.. Toward a Theory of Critical Computing: The Case of Social Identity Representation in Digital Media Applications.. D.. Fox Harrell.. The affordances of the computational medium offer particular means through which social and cultural critique can be posed.. I have introduced the term polymorphic poetics as the computational means through which computational representations of imaginative semantic constructs become dynamic, interactive, and generative.. Here, I propose polymorphic poetics as a means to enable critical computing.. As a case study, I present recent work theory and technology for developing empowering, transformative, and critical representations of users identities such as player characters, avatars, or social networking profiles.. Current representations are typically inadequate for conveying subjective social identity experiences and fail to engage diverse insights regarding social categorization and identity construction from cognitive science and cultural theory.. Hence, computational social identity representation infrastructures often reinforce stereotyped identity construction and experience patterns as opposed to allowing for critical identity construction.. I provide an account of this phenomenon and propose new technologies to do better.. Moving Online: Your Packets, Your ISP, Your Identity.. When a person clicks a hyperlink they manifest their liberty by expressing a preference, and in the process transmit personal data to a particular website.. Expressing one s liberty is essential to the development of personal identity, but when it comes to digital expressions of self-hood what (and who) operates between the click of the button and data s destination? This paper investigates how Internet Service Providers efforts to secure and manage digital networks, specifically as it pertains to data analysis technologies, can impact the development of individuals personal identities.. With increasingly sophisticated data analysis technologies being deployed across digital networks online actions are associated with discrete public identities, making it increasingly challenging to hide one s real or analogue identity while online.. This coalescence of digital and analogue identities threatens to transform the Internet from a fertile environment that is conducive to identity-formation to one where self-censorship before the gaze of the public is commonplace.. Layer: Augmented Realities in Life and Fiction.. Augmented reality a technology with which we are able to visually add the virtual into our perception of the real.. New layered perception allows for completely new forms of graffiti, hacks, interactions and identity.. When layers are added to our sense of sight and perception, how do we, and our interactions, change? What implications would it have for social issues such as internet suicides when, through these technologies, parts of our perceived reality could also become instantly shared media through massively multi-user augmented reality? Traversing avenues of technology, place, social interaction and identity, I hope to inspire imaginative visions and prophecies of how augmented reality might affect our world through exploration of augmented reality technologies seen in present day, the future, in both real life and fictional worlds.. 43 queries.. 630 seconds..

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  • Title: Technology & Society Lecture Series « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Technology Society Lecture Series.. Usual Suspects and Strange Bedfellows: Networks of Privacy Advocacy in Surveillance Societies.. September 26, 2008.. Colin Bennett.. Dr.. Colin Bennett received his Bachelor s and Master s degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.. D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor.. From 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University.. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of information privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels.. In addition to numerous articles, he has published three books:.. Regulating Privacy: Data Protection and Public Policy in Europe and the United States.. (Cornell University Press, 1992);.. Visions of Privacy:  ...   noted postmodern literary critic and theorist as well as the author of.. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics.. (University Of Chicago Press, 1999) which won the Ren Wellek Prize for the best book in literary theory for 1998-1999.. Her most recent book is.. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary.. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008).. She is currently a professor in the Literature Program and the Information Science and Information Studies program (ISIS) at Duke University.. After Life.. November 21, 2008.. Eugene Thacker.. Eugene Thacker is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology.. He is the author of.. Biomedia.. (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and.. The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture.. (MIT Press, 2005).. 22 queries.. 534 seconds..

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  • Title: CTheory Live Interviews « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: CTheory Live Interviews.. CTheory Live Interview: Eugene Thacker.. Eugene Thacker in conversation with Arthur Kroker.. CTheory Live Interviews: N.. Katherine Hayles in conversation with Arthur Kroker.. CTheory Live Interviews: Stephen Pfohl and Andrew Wernick.. October 19, 2006.. Stephen Pfohl and Andrew Wernick in conversation with Arthur Kroker.. CTheory Live Interview: Taiaiake Alfred.. May 17, 2006.. Taiaiake Alfred in conversation with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.. Taiaiake Alfred is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) philosopher, writer and teacher and has emerged as an influential figure in the new generation of Indigenous leaders.. Alfred holds a Canada Research Chair and is a Professor in the Indigenous Governance Programs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.. He is the  ...   Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics.. Literature and Informatics.. which won the René Wellek Prize for the best book in literary theory for 1998-1999.. My Mother was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts.. She is currently the Hills Professor of Literature in English and Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles, where she has taught since 1992.. CTheory Live Interview: Stelarc.. April 20, 2006.. Stelarc in conversation with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.. Stelarc is a world renowned Australian-based performance artist whose work explores and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology.. He is Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design, at the Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.. 31 queries.. 563 seconds..

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  • Title: Queering Ideology Symposium « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Queering Ideology Symposium.. When Jill Jacks in Queer Virtualities and the Politics of Mis/Recognition.. November 9, 2006.. Mary Bryson is Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Programs, ECPS, Faculty of Education, UBC.. Her primary interest is in sociocultural scholarship concerning technology, equity, and pedagogically transgressive use of digital tools.. She has numerous publications on theoretical treatments of gender and technology, queer theory, and equity in education, including.. Radical In ter ventions.. (SUNY Press).. In 2000, Bryson was a recipient of the Canadian Pioneer in New Technologies and Media award.. Her SSHRC research, “Queer Women on the Net,” is  ...   in Drag in the Theatre of Judith Butler.. Arthur Kroker.. Arthur Kroker is Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory and Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada.. Co-editor of CTheory and Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (.. pactac.. ), he is the author of numerous books on technology and culture, including.. The Possessed Individual: Technology and the French Postmodern, Data Trash: The Theory of the Virtual Class.. (with M.. Weinstein), and.. The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Nietzsche and Marx.. 19 queries.. 515 seconds..

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  • Title: Religion Technology & Terrorism Symposium « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Religion Technology Terrorism Symposium.. Technologies of the Apocalypse: The Left Behind Novels and the Flight from the Flesh.. Stephen Pfohl is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College where he teaches courses on social theory; postmodern culture; crime, deviance and social control; images and power; and sociology and psychoanalysis.. Stephen is the author of numerous books and articles including.. Death at the Parasite Café.. Images of Deviance and Social Control.. Predicting Dangerousness.. ,and the forthcoming volumes.. Venus in Video.. Magic and the Machine.. A past President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and a founding member of Sit-Com International, a Boston-area collective of activists and artists,  ...   as well as a cultural theorist and jazz pianist.. He is the founder and director of Trent Univesity s Institute for the Study of Popular Culture as well as the current chair of Trent s Cultural Studies Department.. His interests are in media theory and advertising and the place of religion in postmodernity, and in the notion of time in contemporary culture.. Promotional Culture: Advertising, Ideology, and Symbolic Expression.. (Sage, 1991),.. Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity: the Post-theistic Project of French Social Theory.. , (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and co-editor of.. Shadow of Spirit: Religion and Postmodernism.. (Routledge, 1992) and.. Images of Ageing.. (Routledge, 1995).. 514 seconds..

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  • Title: Michel Foucault’s Legacy Symposium « Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture
    Descriptive info: Michel Foucault s Legacy Symposium.. Foucault and the Question of Agency.. March 13, 2006.. Michel Foucault's Legacy Symposium.. James Tully.. Department of Political Science, University of Victoria.. Before Foucault: Power Cynical Ideology.. Before Foucault: Scepticism, Relativism, and Modernity.. March 14, 2006.. Warren Magnusson.. Foucault, Self-Determination, Limits.. Rob Walker.. 25 queries.. 535 seconds..

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