FACIAL WEAPONIZATION SUITE: A MASK-MAKING WORKSHOP
led by artist Zach Blas
In this workshop, mask-making is explored as a queer and feminist resistant practice against emerging forms of biometric facial recognition. We will discuss the social and political impact of biometric technologies in global and local contexts as well as imperceptible revolt tactics. Then, we will make a “collective mask” based on participants’ aggregated facial data as well as experiment with masked collectivity through Theatre of the Oppressed exercises.
Facial Weaponization Suite project link: http://www.zachblas.info/projects/facial-weaponization-suite/
Here is the reading for Mel Chen’s brown bag event on Friday afternoon in Curtin 939.
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This year’s keynote speaker is Mel Y Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at U.C. Berkeley and author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke UP, 2012).
The conference also features:
Laura Micciche, University of Cincinnati, author of Doing Emotion: Rhetoric, Writing, Teaching (Boynton/Cook 2007),
plenary speaker Ben Woodard, Ph.D. candidate, University of Western Ontario,
and a workshop led by Zach Blas, Ph.D. candidate, Duke University.
Mel Y. Chen - Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, (Duke University Press 2012)
February 20 - 22, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Keynote Speaker: Mel Y Chen, UC Berkeley, author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial
Mattering, and Queer Affect, (Duke University Press 2012).
Laura Micciche, University of Cincinnati, author of Doing Emotion: Rhetoric, Writing, Teaching (Boynton/Cook 2007).
Plenary speaker Ben Woodard, Ph.D. candidate, University of Western Ontario
Workshop led by Zach Blas, Ph.D. candidate, Duke University
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) 2014 invites submissions across disciplines and fields that engage with the idea of “ANIMACY” in culture and theory. Derived from linguistics, “animacy” is the condition of being alive or animate, and serves in grammar as a way to classify or rank words on this basis (OED). Yet the rich and overlapping senses of “animacy”, e.g. animate, animation, animus, and animal, reveal the term to more broadly encompass notions of agency, expressivity, sentience, cognizance, and mobility. These notions are often categorized hierarchically, and are saturated with social, cultural, and political implications. Animacy is being increasingly invoked in contemporary discourses of posthumanist and nonhumanist theory, critical ethnic studies, affect theory, object-oriented ontology, queer theory, disability studies, animal studies, eco-criticism, etc. Animacy is a way of troubling the binary of animate vs. inanimate, and instead suggests a more complex system of inter-relatedness between things.
Theorist Mel Y. Chen observes that this “fragile division between animate and inanimate…beyond human and animal — is relentlessly produced and policed,” and this conference seeks to expose the complex political, social, even personal consequences of this division. How do issues of race, ability, sex, class, or age further test the boundaries of the human? What happens when the categorizations of human, animal, and object are no longer cleanly distinct from one another? As Chen’s book asks, how does matter that is considered immobile, insensate, or deathly, animate our cultural lives?
This conference welcomes and encourages research across disciplines to collectively consider, question, and critique “animacy” in theory, art, literature, music, architecture, philosophy, ecology, medicine, anthropology, art history, sociology, media, psychology, mathematics, history, biology and other sciences, etc. This conference will also present an evening of creative performances, readings, and installations. Please see the call for creative work.
Topics include, but are not limited to
Please email 300-word submissions for individual papers, panels, roundtables, or other formats to: firstname.lastname@example.org by November 20, 2013. In your submission, please include a title, institutional affiliation, department, and whether you are a MA or PhD student.
The ninth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference is supported by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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