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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in Brooklyn, New York is looking for an Editorial/Program Assistant | Digital Culture

The Editorial/Program Assistant will work closely with the Program Director of the new Digital Culture Initiative. The Council’s exploratory initiative seeks to assess a range of transformations associated with digitization, digital media, and related technological developments, and to critically evaluate the implications of these changes for the production, circulation, and consumption of knowledge and culture. The initiative will engage, and draw on the expertise of, university scholars, book and journal publishers, communications specialists, editors, librarians, journalists, bloggers, data analysts, and others in order to investigate both new challenges and promising possibilities. [from website description]

For more information about the job:

Presented by
Nik Gowing
BBC Journalist and Presenter

Thursday 15th August
4PM – 6 PM

New Law Annexe, Lecture Theatre 026
The University of Sydney

No RSVP required

Veteran BBC journalist and presenter for BBC World News Nik Gowing will present a talk in Sydney about the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the now new, all-pervasive Public Information Space.

The presentation will focus on the new executive fragilities and policy implications for government ministers, civil servants, defence and security agencies plus corporate institutions and NGO’s from the new matrix of real-time information flows and transparency created especially by the explosion of social media. The new digital connectivity and IT realities are disruptive game changers. They challenge mercilessly the inadequacy of the structures of power to respond both with effective impact and in a timely way. As vulnerabilities increase, mindsets and systemic behaviour lag behind these new realities.
The question is: How prepared are you? How well do you understand the relentless impact on your power of both social media and the new, fast changing public information space?

Nik Gowing has been a main presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News, since 1996. He has presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories. Mr Gowing has over three decades of reporting experience in diplomacy, defence and international security. He also has a much sought-after analytical expertise on the failures to manage information in the new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and times of tension. His “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans” is a peer-reviewed study at Oxford University.

T 9036 9529


Professor Alan Liu

Mickey Mouse Creativity: New Media Arts after the Ideology of Creativity

Tuesday 30th July, 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Woolley Common Room

What does it mean today for creative artists, writers, and designers–especially those using digital tools–to be creative when the ‘creative economy’, ‘creative destruction’, ‘disruptive innovation’, and so on make creativity big business? Starting with reflections on a few ‘creative’ digital entities at both the micro and macro scales (a rat-brain-cell cyborg artist, the AARON digital artist, and a major software company that prides itself on innovation), this talk inquires into the nature of creativity and its relation to contemporary ideologies of creativity. The talk concludes by speculating on alternative ideologies of digital ‘development’ and ‘building’.

Alan Liu is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His first book, Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford University Press, 1989), explored the relation between the imaginative experiences of literature and history. In a series of theoretical essays in the 1990s, he explored cultural criticism, the ‘new historicism’, and postmodernism in contemporary literary studies. In 1994, when he started his Voice of the Shuttle website for humanities research, he began to study information culture as a way to close the circuit between the literary or historical imagination and the technological imagination. In 2004, he published The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (University of Chicago Press), and in 2008 a collection of essays on postmodern historicism and the database, Local Transcendence. Professor Liu founded the Teaching with Technology project at UC Santa Barbara called Transcriptions: Literature and the Culture of Information, and has led a number of digital initiatives exploring research and teaching in and advocacy for the humanities. He is currently working on books about the digital humanities and the relationship between media and history.


In this talk, Anna Cristina Pertierra and Graeme Turner will discuss the series of projects that fed into, and emerged from, their recent book Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (Routledge, 2013). Focused upon understanding the socio-cultural function of television and new media in a number of national locations, the comparative dimension of these projects has directly informed the development of the notion of ‘zones of consumption’ as an alternative way of conceptualising how media are located. Importantly, the book is also the product of a collaboration between cultural studies and cultural anthropology; a discussion of that collaboration will be a central focus of the presentation.

Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra is an ARC Posdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, and an anthropologist whose central research interests are in media, especially television, and the role of consumption in everyday life. Her current ARC funded project is a comparative study of the social function of television in Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines. She is the author of Cuba: The Struggle for Consumption (2011), the co-author (with Graeme Turner) of Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (2013), and the co-editor (with John Sinclair) of Consumer Culture in Latin America (2013).

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner also works in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, and he is one of the leading figures in media and cultural studies. His most recent publications include (with Anna Cristina Pertierra) Locating Television: Zones of Consumption(2013), What’s Become of Cultural Studies? (2012), and Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (2010). He is currently co-editing (with Jinna Tay and Koichi Iwabuchi) the collection Television Histories in Asia and a revised edition of his Understanding Celebrity will be published in October.


Friday , 26th July, 3-5pm

New Law Annex RM100

Camperdown campus, Sydney

Please RSVP to Madeleine King

Media@Sydney is hosted by the Department of Media and Communications


A postgraduate student is looking to get some assistance to build a magazine-style website about sport and health.

Basic at first and down the track more functions, such as a subscription area would need to be added.

Small budget of about $5,000 to begin with.

Web developers who are interested should contact: Callan Bruce Lawrence <>


[reposted from CSAA mailing list]

We are looking for a research assistant (RA) for the Legal and social
aspects of 3D printing? project being run by Angela Daly, Ramon Lobato and
Julian Thomas at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (

Tasks will include:

- - conducting background research about the evolution of 3D printing
- - writing blog posts;
- - event organisation;
- - and general administration.

The position will be part time, a total of 80 hours from August ? December.
The remuneration will be $33.63 per hour, for 80 hours a total of $2700.

We require an organised, independent researcher with excellent writing
skills and a degree (Hons or higher) in a relevant discipline.

Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, 3D printing and its interaction with
society is highly desirable.

Please send CV and a brief cover letter to Angela Daly (
by Friday 5 July 2013.


Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
Lunchtime Seminars

Australian Politics in an Age of Social Media

Dr. Peter Chen
University of Sydney

Drawing from his recent book, Australian Politics in a Digital Age, Dr Chen’s talk revisits old debates about the internet’s potential for democratisation. The theme is catalysed by the shifting landscape of the Australian media system towards islands of institutional content bridged by social media connections. While the prospects for a radical reconfiguration of democratic practice were largely unfounded in the first two decades of the internet, there is some evidence that elite dominance of new media in Australia is being disrupted by a more anarchic and horizontally-structured pattern of communication. While some herald this “web 2.0” as transformative, this talk pragmatically examines, against a background history of disappointment in this field of study, the prospects for a renewed interest in electronically-facilitated democratic practices.

Peter John Chen is a lecturer in politics and media in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research interests focus on the relationship between media and politics, with a special interest in new media's impacts on electoral politics, media regulation, social movements and the politics of animal protection. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and the International Journal of Electronic Governance. Peter is currently working on a new book on the politics of animal welfare in Australia.

Wednesday 12th June 2013
12:30 – 2pm

R.C Mills Boardroom 148, Level 1, R.C Mills Building
The University of Sydney

For More Information on the IDHR Lunchtime Seminar Series -


The Writing & Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney
warmly invites you a special seminar

Prof. Will Luers on Composing the Narrative Interface

Wednesday 20 March
1.30pm -3.00pm
Building 3.G.55, Bankstown Campus (via the Henry Lawson Drive exit of the M5)

“Good” interface design, like good prose or cinema editing, sets thought in motion through affective rhythms, patterns and gaps in a semiotic surface. However, unlike mimetic and linear narrative constructions, an interface is typically a non-mimetic map of signs and sign-systems; of images, text fragments and links. How do we compose this multimedia space with the same agility and intuition that we compose text with a word processor, or video with digital editing software? How do we conceive a poetics of the interface that makes room for ambiguity and excess alongside clarity and economy? While many digital artists and e-lit authors continue to draw inspiration from the "radical artifice" and collage aesthetics of the avant-garde, we still lack the proper tools, heuristics and vocabulary to compose, think and teach about the narrative interface. This talk will explore approaches to narrative design by looking at selections of my media work: from simple juxtapositions of video on a page, to spatial montage, to the multimedia book

Will Luers is a professor at the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University, Vancouver where he teaches multimedia authoring, video production and mobile app design. His current research and artistic interests are in database narratives, remix video and the multimedia book. In 2010, he was awarded the The Vectors-NEH Summer Fellowship to work on his database documentary, The Father Divine Project. In 2005, he won Nantucket Film Festival and Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay. Will is currently in Australia to collaborate on a video project with Hazel Smith and Roger Dean funded by the literature board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

All welcome. RSVP/info


[reposted from AOIR mailing list]

Keynote Speaker: Mia Consalvo, Concordia University,Montreal
Plenary Speaker: John Banks, Queensland University of Technology

Social, casual and mobile games – primarily experienced on smartphones
and online social networks – are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and
in the process, changing the ways in which games are designed,
understood and, most importantly, played. This preconference will
explore this rapidly changing gaming landscape and discuss the ludic,
methodological, theoretical, economic, social and cultural challenges
that these changes invoke. Importantly, social, casual and mobile
games do not exist in a vacuum, so the challenges, changes and
continuities in relation to previous digital and physical games and
gaming practices are also open for analysis.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
• Design and industry shifts from traditional games to mobile and
networked games
• New user demographics
• Virtual currencies, in-game purchases, the .99c price-point and
other economic issues
• Games as surveillance and the exchange of user information for game progress
• Zynga: The Rise and (partial) Fall of Facebook’s Biggest Gaming Friend
• Mobile Franchises: Angry Birds, Plants V Zombies, and so on.
• South-East Asian and other non-Western gaming cultures
• Gaming communities
• Gamification - the good, the bad, and the scoreboard
• Convergence and social, casual and mobile games
• Edutainment
• The sociality or otherwise of social games
• Shifting landscape from PC and console games to social, casual and
mobile games
• Locative games: place and mobility

Paper abstracts of no more than 500 words, or full papers of no more
than 5000 words, including a brief biographic statement, using APA 6th
referencing style, are due Friday, 29 March 2013 (accepted papers and
abstracts will be notified by 15 April 2013), emailed to

Pre-conference papers and abstracts will not appear in the ANZCA
proceedings; rather they will automatically be considered for
inclusion in an edited collection on the topic Social, Casual, Mobile:
Changing Games being organised concurrently with the preconference. If
you do NOT want your paper or abstract considered for inclusion in
this collection, please note this when emailing your submission.

For more details please visit


[reposted from AOIR mailing list]

NEW BOOK: Crossmedia Innovations: Texts, Markets, Institutions
Editors: Indrek Ibrus, Carlos A. Scolari


Published by Peter Lang

Blurb: Crossmedia and transmedia are keywords of increasing importance for
media professionals and scholars alike. Although these phenomena are older
than sometimes argued, the affordances of digital networked media have
radically enriched the nature of "crossmedia strategies" of media
industries. As such crossmedia is an emergent practice that arises as one
of the core sources of complexity and innovation for late modern cultures.
This edited volume includes chapters by authors from three continents who
approach the phenomenon from different disciplinary angles: semiotics,
cultural studies, media economics, political economy, innovation studies.
The common interest lies in the dynamics that lead to experiments with
crossmedia and in how our cultures are innovated through such practices.


Indrek Ibrus/Carlos A. Scolari: Introduction: Crossmedia innovation?

Maarja Saldre/Peeter Torop: Transmedia space

Carlos A. Scolari: The Triplets and the incredible shrinking narrative: Playing in the borderland between transmedia storytelling and adaptation

Colin B Harvey: Crossmedia cross-stitch: Spinoff stories as transmedial and
intramedial suture

Sarah Atkinson: The view from the fourth wall window: Crossmedia fictions

Andreu Belsunces Gonçalves: Fringe: Playful transmedia

Richard Berger/Ashley Woodfall: The digital utterance: A crossmedia approach to media education

Joan Ramon Rodríguez-Amat/Katharine Sarikakis: The fandom menace or the phantom author? On sharecropping, crossmedia and copyright

Göran Bolin: Audience activity as a co-production of crossmedia content

Cinzia Colapinto/Eleonora Benecchi: Movie industry goes viral in the XXIst century: If what counts is the buzz...

Annika Wiklund-Engblom/Seppo Leminen/Mika Westerlund/Simon Staffans/Michaela Esch/Risto Rajala: Towards transmedia innovation: An empirical analysis of a multiplatform format

Steinar Ellingsen: Web series, independent media and emerging online markets: Then and now

Indrek Ibrus: The AV industry's microcompanies encounter multiplatform production

Aurite Kouts: 'You make the movies': Audiences as new filmmakers in the age of user-generated content

Jose A. García-Avilés: Innovation management in crossmedia production: Leading change in the newsroom

Rosa Franquet i Calvet/María Isabel Villa Montoya: Exploring the crossmedia content of public broadcasters in Catalonia and Denmark

Ivar John Erdal: What media logic? Organization of crossmedia production in two medium-sized Norwegian newsrooms.

Print: ISBN 978-3-631-62228-5 pb.

eBook: ISBN 978-3-653-02575-0