The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)
WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY: Dr. Nick Montfort (MIT)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
February 19–20, 2016
“Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it.”
― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael
What is meant when we consider something to be in process?
The process suggests movement along a sequence of conditions: it is the fermentation of an ancient ale, linguistic migrations, the grind to level 90, interactive fictions, the nodes of grassroots journalism, rotted infrastructures, the recovery of New Orleans. To exist within process is to be undetermined. If the anticipated ends are repeatedly achieved, however, a process becomes convention over time. In other words, whether perceived as a dynamic undulation and recombination of qualities or a persistent practice, the process are those conditions that constitute becoming.
When we recognize that something is in process, how do we negotiate the currents of its past, immediate, and potential states? When we speak of the process in scholarship, we are discerning what Bryant refers to as the “entanglements” of its components and how they influence one another (Democracy of Objects, 32). As the academy increasingly resembles the experimental sandbox, we find ourselves with opportunities to jump in, get dirty, and extract these relationships.
This year’s Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will host a series of events that will help us pause, extract, and dissect the “entanglements” that comprise the uncertain terrain of the Process, focusing on the various processes that move, compose, and become the world in an effort to open new opportunities to reveal new perspectives. MIGC invites submissions across disciplines, fields, and media that engage with the concept of being In Process. As a consideration that spans the academy and our communities, we request proposals that highlight work that, from a critical standpoint, focuses upon a specific process or set of processes distinct to one’s scholarly pursuits. Proposals may also focus on particular elements such as figures, formulas, structures, or objects that factor prominently within a process.
MIGC invites creative submissions that respond to our theme of In Process which may take the form of film, performance, poetry or fiction reading, dance, music, or art installation pieces. Accepted submissions will be shown, performed, or displayed throughout the conference. Artists whose work is displayed in the main conference hall will have a scheduled “walk and talk” where conference attendees will be able to look at the work displayed and speak with the respective artists about their piece. Select submissions will be performed and shown at our Creative Showcase Event on Friday night, February 19th, at Microlights film and independent art/house in Riverwest (seats 60). Those who wish to present on a panel with a written talk about their art might consider applying to our CFP on our website instead. All artists are encouraged to attend the entire conference.
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2016 Schedule
Friday, February 19
8 – 9am Registration and Breakfast Gathering
Center for 21st Century Studies,
9th Floor Conference Room
9 – 9:30am Welcome
9:30 – 11am Panel 1: Interfacing, Curtin Hall 124
Joshua Kruszynski, Kent State University
“Cognitive Stress, Biofeedback and Adaptive User Interfaces”
Nichali Ciaccio, UWM
“Using Visual Systems Mapping to Manage Complexity (with a deep dive into development narratives)”
Alex Urban, UWM
"Monsters in the Dark: Eavesdropping on Binary Black Hole Mergers at the LIGO Livingston Observatory"
11 – 11:15am Short Break
11:15am – 12:45pm Panel 2: Eco-criticism, Curtin Hall 175
Storm Pilloff, UWM
“Trans: National, Material, and Gender in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of
the Rain Forest.”
Cameron Kunzelman, Georgia State University
“The Process of Decay: Bioshock 2 and the Waning of the Human”
Carter Reitman, UWM
“I Have No Memory of This Place: The Production of Space in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rain Forest.”
12:45 – 1:45pm Brown Bag Lunch, Curtin Hall 368
Discussion on "The Gravity of Things" with Dr. Levi Bryant
1:45 – 3:15pm Panel 3: Consumption, Curtin 175
Scott Radunzel, University of St. Thomas
“The Cognitive Dissonance of China Mieville’s ‘The City & the City’”
Michael Beebe, UWM
“Narratives of Progress: Master of None and Serial Storytelling in the Binge-Viewing Era”
Tim Bavlnka, UWM
“The Denial of Deathmatches”
3:15 – 3:30pm Short Break
3:30 – 5:30pm Keynote: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College), Curtin 175
"The Interior of Things"
7pm – 10pm Creative Showcase and Reception
Polish Falcons Hall, 801 E. Clarke St.
Visiting Artist: Jon Satrom and Jason Soliday
Franklin K.R. Cline, UWM
Poetry, “TDB: Poems by Franklin K.R. Cline”
Sky Hopinka, UWM
Video, “Jáaji Approx.”
Jenni Moody, UWM
Janelle VanderKelen, UWM
Digital Video, “WorldBuilding”
Mollie Boutell, UWM
Fiction, "Potato Abandoned"
Matt Rossoni, UWM
Live 16mm projection performances,
“Bag of Film”
Saturday, February 20
9am – 10am Breakfast, Curtin 181
10:00am – 11:45am Panel 4: Identity and Self-Transformation
Matthew Burchanoski, Marquette Univeristy
“Specters of Postmodernism: Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Philosophy
Neal Swisher, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Becoming a Self in the Age of the Quantified Body”
Olivia Duell, UWM
“Building the Pop Music Empire: A Pop Star’s Process of Becoming an Intertextual Commodity”
Trevor Sprague, UWM
“Processes of Assessment in Composition: The Politics of ‘Media’ and ‘Mode’”
11:45pm – 12:45pm Lunch, Curtin 368
1pm – 4pm Workshop: Dr. Nick Montfort (MIT)
Digital Humanities Lab
4pm – 4:30pm Snacks
4:30pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
7pm – 9pm Reception
Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St.
Feat. DJ Fuzzy Logic