IIPC Research Clinic #2: teknologia/ekologia

Järjestyksessään toinen IIPC Research Clinic järjestetään Janus-salissa (Kaivokatu 12) torstaina 2.5. klo 14-16 teemalla “teknologia/ekologia”.

Pääalustajana toimii dosentti Jussi Parikka Southamptonin yliopistosta, lisäksi esitellään Audible Futures -projekti. Loppuosa tilaisuudesta on varattu intensiiviselle Learning Café -työskentelylle konkreettisten tutkimusprojekti-ideoiden, verkostojen ja rahoituslähteiden kartoittamiseksi.

Ohjelma:

Klo 14:00-14:05 Avaussanat
Klo 14:05-14:35 Dosentti Jussi Parikka (Winchester School of Arts, University of Southampton): Mediakulttuuri, roskakulttuuri?
Klo 14:35-15:00 Professori John Richardson, dosentti Pertti Grönholm, dosentti Juha Torvinen ja FL Kimi Kärki: Audible Futures -projektiesittely
Klo 15:00-16 Learning Café: tulevaisuuden projekti-ideoita, verkostoja sekä rahoituslähteitä

Otathan yhteyttä, mikäli et pääse paikalle mutta olet kiinnostunut teema-alueista ja mahdollisesta projektiyhteistyöstä tulevaisuudessa.

IIPC Research Clinic

Vuonna 2013 International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) tekee monitieteisiä ja tiedekuntarajat ylittäviä avauksia. Keskeinen työkalu on IIPC Research Clinic -ajatushautomo, jossa tuoreita tutkimusaloitteita työstetään monitieteisenä, “avoimen koodin” yhteistyönä. “Avoin koodi” tarkoittaa tässä sitä, että projekteja rakennetaan tiedekuntarajat ylittävän jakamisen ja vuorovaikutuksen kautta yhteisinä hankkeina.

Seuraavan kolmen vuoden strateginen ydinajatus on tuottaa uusia aloitteita kahdella tutkimusalueella, jotka ylittävät tieteenalojen rajat ja joissa tarvitaan monialaista yhteistyötä ja joihin populaarikulttuuri avaa hedelmällisen näkökulman. Nämä ovat 1) teknologia/ekologia ja 2) väkivalta/hyvinvointi.

Nämä jännitteiset teemat kattavat merkittävän osan tämän päivän populaarikulttuuriin liittyvää keskustelua ja ovat keskeisiä kulttuuristen vuorovaikutusprosessien kannalta. Ne kiinnittyvät myös laajempaan voimistuvaan yhteiskunnalliseen keskusteluun hyvinvoinnista, väkivallasta ja ympäristöstä. Siksi ne tarjoavat erinomaiset mahdollisuudet yhteistyöhön Turun yliopiston eri tiedekuntien kesken.

Lisätietoja:

IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki, kimi.karki@utu.fi, 02-333 5890

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IIPC Debate 25 April

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This is a double debate!

Thu 25 April 4-6 pm. Professor Feona Attwood (Middlesex University, UK): The Uncanny Valley: Transformations of the Body and the Sexualization Debate. Dr Rebecca Coleman (Lancaster University, UK): Materialising the Future: Prediction, Measure and the Obesity Crisis

Place: Pharmacity Auditorium, Itäinen pitkäkatu 4, Turku.

 Professor Attwood:

 Themes of transformation recur in a wide range of media and more broadly in self-help and makeover culture which invites us to join in with the process that Meredith Jones has described as ‘always-becoming’ (2008: 6). The visual effects that are achieved through CGI and Photoshop technologies, as well as a multitude of body modification practices can also be considered as part of a battery of transformative techniques that are increasingly widely used. This article considers how these techniques have been used to interrupt ideas about people –

particularly women – should look and behave and about their implications for our understanding of ageing and age-appropriate appearance and behaviour. It asks how we might consider current debates about the sexualization of culture in this broader context where self-presentation is so closely tied to representational practices and where representational regimes are being radically transformed.

Feona Attwood is Professor of Cultural, Communication and Media Studies at Middlesex University, UK. Her research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, in onscenity; sexualization; sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media. She is the editor of Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (2009), porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010) and (with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter and Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images (2012). Her current book project is Sex Media and Technology.

Dr Coleman:

In recent years, the ideal of progress understood to underpin Western capitalist societies has been questioned, and commentators from different perspectives predict a range of forthcoming economic, environmental and health crises. This paper focuses on one predicted crisis – obesity – and examines the ways in which the logic of this crisis simultaneously predicts a catastrophic future for overweight people and demands action in the present to intervene in and alter this diminished future. Drawing on recent interdisciplinary work on the proliferation of numbers in contemporary culture (Guyer et al 2010), and the kinds of measure and value that are emerging (Adkins and Lury 2012, Muniesa and Trebuchet-Breitwiller 2010, Moor and Lury 2011), it begins to consider how the future becomes crucial to the ways in which abstract or virtual notions such as predictions, calculations, and measures, are materialized in and as particular kinds of bodies. In particular, the paper considers how materialising a slimmer (and therefore what is assumed to be a healthier) body is an on-going process – change must be for life – and how the temporality of the obesity crisis might map onto or make new social inequalities.

Professor Coleman’s research intersts include images and visual/sensory culture, bodies and materiality, affect, temporality and the future, inventive methodologies, feminist, cultural and social theory. She has recently finished a book, Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures, that tracks a socio-cultural and bodily imperative for transformation across a range of different screens: interactive mirrors; makeover television; online dieting; the Change4Life government health campaign. She has also studied the relations between bodies and images through empirical research with teenage girls. This project developed a feminist Deleuzian approach and, taking up concepts of affect, intensity and immanence, it argued that bodies and images should be understood as entwined processes of becoming rather than as separate entities. As a result she published a monograph, The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience, and a number of journal articles. With Jessica Ringrose (Institute of Education), she has recently edited a book on Deleuze and Research Methodologies.

IIPC Debate 22 April

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Mon 22 April 4-6 pm. Dr David Code (University of Glasgow): Mozart Films the Vietnam War: Music, Nation and Gender in Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987)

 

Place: Janus Hall, Kaivokatu 12

 

Dr Code’s work has generally remained closely analytical at basis, but in a way that resists all theoretical orthodoxy: his pursuit of the cultural meanings embodied in modernist art in all media (music, poetry, painting, film) leads him to rigorous formal interpretations of such oft-neglected dimensions as orchestral timbre and pianistic gesture in Debussy; form and mode in Mallarmé.

 

A similar pursuit of the interaction between aesthetic forms and ideological implications lies behind his 2007 account of ‘architectonic’ rhythmic conception in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. A more recent project, a biography of Debussy for the Reaktion Press ‘Critical Lives’ series on key modern figures (published July 2010), offered him the chance to reframe several such interactions in more broadly accessible terms—to which end he traced the composer’s ‘life and works’ giving particular focus to Debussy’s evolving literary interests.

He has recently been awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship to consolidate and elaborate a multivalent approach to Debussy analysis and interpretation in a more specialist, metacritical monograph, provisionally titled Debussy’s Allegories of Modern Listening. At the same time he continues to pursue a more recently opened avenue of research into the use of pre-existent music in Stanley Kubrick’s films: a first article (on The Shining) was published in early 2010; a second (on 2001) is in preparation.