Media in Transition 5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age
April 27-29, 2007
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CALL FOR PAPERS (submission deadline: Jan. 5, 2007)
Our understanding of the technical and social processes by which culture is made and reproduced is being challenged and enlarged by digital technologies. An emerging generation of media producers is sampling and remixing existing materials as core ingredients in their own work.
These and related cultural practices have generated heated contention and debate. What constitutes fair use of another's intellectual property? What ethical issues are posed when sounds, images, and stories move from one culture or subculture to another?
This fifth Media in Transition conference aims to generate a conversation that compares historical forms of cultural expression with contemporary media practices. We hope this event will appeal widely across disciplines and scholarly and professional boundaries.
Among topics the conference might explore:
history of authorship and copyright
folk practices in traditional and contemporary society
appropriating materials from other cultures: political and ethical dilemmas
poetics and politics of fan culture
blogging, podcasting, and collective intelligence
media literacy and the ethics of participatory culture
artistic collaboration and cultural production, past and present
fair use and intellectual property
sampling and remixing in popular music
cultural production in traditional and developing societies
Web 2.0 and the "architecture of participation"
creative industries and user-generated content
parody, spoofs, and mash-ups as critical commentary
game mods and machinima
the workings of genre in different media systems
law and technological change
Short abstracts of no more than 200 words for papers or panels should be sent via email to Brad Seawell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 5, 2007. Brad can be reached by phone at 617-253-3521. Email submissions are preferred, but abstracts can be mailed to:
77 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
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