Conference 2016

Boundary Conditions

The Neil Postman Conference | New York University | February 12, 2016

Keynote: Achille Mbembe

239 Greene Street, Floor 8, NYC

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Pre-conference Screening
February 11, 5:00-7:00 pm
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5:00 PM   Introductory Remarks

Jamie Berthe, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

5:15 PM   Ethnography of Boundary Formations
Screenings followed by a Q&A; moderated by Jamie Berthe, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Emergent Boundaries on the Slaughterhouse Kill Floor,” Kara Wentworth, UC San Diego Communication & Science Studies

“Heroica Matamoros: Cycling, Affectivity and Film on the US-Mexico Border,” Daryl Meador, School of Media Studies, the New School

7:00 PM   Reception

 

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Main Conference: February 12, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Graduate Student Panels + Mbembe Keynote
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9:00 AM   Breakfast

9:30 AM   Welcome

9:45 AM   Panel I: Necropower and Martyrdom
Moderated by Ayesha Omer, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Minor Icons in Death: Visualizing Necropower in Sikh Martyrdom,” Balbir K. Singh, English, University of Washington

“Anti-colonial Hacking,” Sophie Toupin, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

“Becoming Flesh: Refugee Hunger Strike, Colonialism and German Politics of Racialization,” Michelle Pfeiffer, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

11:00 AM   Coffee Break

11:15 AM    Panel II: Negativity and Identity
Moderated by William Lockett, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Human Dignity and Bare Life – Privacy and Surveillance of Refugees at the Borders of Europe,”  Paula Kift, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Affective Divisions: Online Dynamics and Political Identity in Israel,” Yoav Halperin, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Not a ‘ Trans Trajectory’: Borderlands, ‘Bare Life’ and Transgender Refugees and Asylum  Seekers in South Africa,” B Camminga, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town

12:45 PM   Lunch

2:15 PM     Panel III: Infrastructure and Publics
Moderated by Rory SolomonMedia, Culture and Communication, New York University

“Tunnel Publics,” Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

“‘El paquete’: Digital  Circulation, Circumvention, and Exclusion in Cuba,” Andrés García Molina, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University

“Visualization and Security: Mapping Flows of Incarceration,” Alex Campolo, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

3:30 PM    Coffee Break

3:45  PM    Introduction

Arjun Appadurai, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

4:00 PM    Keynote

Achille Mbmebe, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand

5: 30 PM   Reception

 

KEYNOTE: Achille Mbembe is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Romance Studies Department and at The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University as well as a Convenor of The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC). For a long time a Contributing Editor for Public Culture, he is now the Editor of the online cultural magazine The Johannesburg Salon. Mbembe has written extensively on African history and politics, including La Naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (Paris, Karthala, 1996), Sortir de la grande nuit. Essai sur l’Afrique decolonisee (Paris, La Decouverte, 2010), Critique de la raison negre with La Decouverte in Paris (2013), and the On the Postcolony (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2001), which has been translated into many languages.