The conference will take place online and in person at the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Please register here for access information for both online and in-person attendance; at this time all visitors to campus not affiliated with NYU are welcome to join but will need to register and provide proof of vaccination in advance.


Thursday October 27

3:00pm-3:10pm – Welcome

3:15pm-4:30pm – Interrogating Hinterlands through Creative Practice (Hybrid Presenters)

Jamie Theophilos, Indiana University in Bloomington: Disrupting the Social Empire.

Hanna Dosenko, University of California, Irvine: “Soldier One Swipe Away.”

Merve Ünsal, UC Santa Cruz: Artistic Practice in Media as Hinterlands of Post-Surveillance: Tuning into Mardin.

4:30pm-5:15pm – Open Poster Session with Refreshments  

Alison Harding, University of Maryland: The hinterlands in the hinterlands: The presentation of rural identity in the communication of fanfiction.

Reina Yuan, McGill University: Sensing Place

Xiaosu Li, Simon Fraser University, School of Communication: Human Alpha Rhythm and Emotion Regulation: The Material Politics of EEG Machine.

Rosie Long Decter, Concordia University: “All of Our Bullshit, None of Theirs”: Worker-Owned Digital Media on the Corporate Internet.

Sui Wang, University of Southern California: Sounds of Belonging: Sonic Diaspora in Overseas Chinese Radio Stations.

Zhuoru Deng, New York University: Greyish China in BBC documentary: The digital manipulation of visual content in news production.

Ambar Reyes, MIT: The porous boundaries of public and private messages: solidarity networks of Latinamerican delivery workers in NYC’s platform economy.

Torbjörn Rolandsson, Stockholm University: The Soundscapes of Swedish Peripheries: Algorithmic Governance and Public Service Radio Techniques.

5:15pm-6:35pm – The Edge of Experience (Online Presenters)

NEO Yee Win, National University of Singapore: Too Hot, Too Smelly?: Experiencing Heat and Odour in E-Waste Recycling.

Kendra Lee Sanders,University of Chicago: Milky Media.

6:35-6:45 – Closing

Friday October 28

8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am – Welcome

9:15am – 10:35am – Internal Hinterlands (In-person Presenters)

Wan-Chun Huang, East Asian Studies, NYU: Animating Boys-love on Chinese Television.

Sandeep Mertia, NYU MCC: Remote Futures: Fieldnotes on Non-Metropolitan Spaces of “Post-COVID” Digital Acceleration

Sasha Crawford-Holland, University of Chicago: Oppressive Heat: Weather Coverage and the Vicissitudes of the Local.

10:35am – 10:45am –  Coffee Break

10:45am – 12:20pm – Sensing Mediation (In-person Presenters)

Tinghao Zhou, University of California, Santa Barbara: The Smell of Globalization

Angus Tarnawsky, Concordia: Sound, Sound(s), Sound(ings): Listening to the Lachine Canal

Meesh Fradkin, McGill University: Plus noise unlock

Laura Boyce, McGill University: “If you’re hearing this please listen”

12:20pm – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – 3:05pm – Media, Infrastructure, and Empire (In-person Presenters)

Stephen N. Borunda, UC Santa Barbara: Media Laboratories: Trinity and the Politics of Nonlife in the Chihuahuan Desert

Alexander Jenseth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: There Are No Hinterlands: The Warped Geography of Media Infrastructure

Nicolas Rueda, University of Chicago: Demon Plane Energetics: DOOM (1993) and the Resource Frontiers of Early FPS Space

Charli Muller, NYU MCC: Railroad Luxemburg

3:05pm – 3:15pm – Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:35pm – Online Elsewheres (In-person Presenters)

Yilun (Elon) Li, Columbia University: The Digital Journey to the West: Wall-Permeating and Chinese Internet Media Piracy as Infrastructure

Nansong Zhou, New York University: Digital Labor in the Digital Games

Lakshita Malik, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Like and Share, Everyone!”: Privileged Instagram Creators and the Production of Hinterlands on Social Media Platforms

4:35pm – 5:30pm – Break

5.30pm – 6.45pm – Keynote: Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Simon Fraser University