29 Apr Power Dynamics: Media and Environment Conference
Keynote Speaker: Tung-Hui Hu (English Department, University of Michigan)
Friday, April 29, 2016 / 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 / 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Loma Pelona 1108
As information and communication technologies proliferate, environmental issues become even more entwined at every level of media, including production, distribution, consumption, storage, and disposal. Yet, while these material consequences of media deleteriously impact the surrounding communities, they largely remain marginal within the consumerist imaginary. Responding to this pivotal era of Anthropocenic climate change and rapidly transforming media economies, this inaugural conference seeks to bring together scholars and media practitioners whose work explores the many significant confluences of media and the environment. In particular, we will think through the heuristic of “power dynamics,” considering the dynamics of power relations but also power itself as a dynamic and mutable notion. The conference will include a number of panels, a keynote, and a roundtable by UCSB faculty members Janet Walker, Lisa Parks, Alenda Chang, Bishnupriya Ghosh, and Melody Jue.
Professor Tung-Hu Hui is a poet and media scholar in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on the history and politics of new media, and his publications include A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015, MIT Press) and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (2013, Copper Canyon Press).
Sponsored by the Faculty Conference Grant, Carsey-Wolf Center’s Environmental Media Initiative, Environmental Humanities Initiative, Critical Issues in America: Climate Futures, Professor Janet Walker, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Graduate Student Association, the Departments of Film and Media Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, English, Communication, History, Philosophy, and Political Science, and the Comparative Literature Program and Global & International Studies Program.