BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing - ECPv4.9.9//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing X-ORIGINAL-URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu X-WR-CALDESC:Events for MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:America/New_York BEGIN:DAYLIGHT TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 TZNAME:EDT DTSTART:20190310T070000 END:DAYLIGHT BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 TZNAME:EST DTSTART:20191103T060000 END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191010T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191010T183000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190812T155035Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190927T184537Z UID:34020-1570726800-1570732200@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Anushka Shah\, “How Entertainment Can Help Fix the System” DESCRIPTION:Anushka Shah\, founder of Civic Studios and the Civic Entertainment project at the Center for Civic Media\, MIT Media Lab. \nAround the world\, citizens are saying the system is broken. If it’s education and schools one day\, it’s healthcare the next. Our trust in politics and public institutions is falling globally\, and our confidence in the ability to solve problems around us is teetering. \nCan entertainment and pop culture be a way out? Can films\, television shows\, and digital content become spaces to teach us how to fix our systems? Can we create influential media that changes how we talk about identity\, social justice\, public institutions\, and citizen power? \nIn this talk\, Anushka Shah\, founder of the production house Civic Studios and the Civic Entertainment project at the MIT Media Lab\, explores how entertainment can provide alternate narratives of citizen participation. \nShah’s Civic Entertainment project explores the intersection of civic participation with film\, television\, radio\, theatre and digital entertainment. The project focuses on researching the media effects of fiction towards thought and behavior change\, explores how methods of social change available to citizens can be best represented in entertainment media\, and investigates the representation of protest and activism in current popular culture. \nHer production firm Civic Studios focuses on creating such civic entertainment content for Indian audiences. The aim of the content is to empower audiences by addressing the lack of trust in public institutions\, knowledge of government and democratic systems\, and increasing self-efficacy to participate in change as a citizen. \nOriginally from Mumbai\, India\, Anushka divides her time between Mumbai\, Boston\, and Chicago. She has a background in applied statistics and digital text analysis\, and has also previously worked with non-profits and political parties in India. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/anushka-shah-how-entertainment-can-help-fix-the-system/ LOCATION:MIT Building E15\, Room 318 (Open Area)\, 20 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Anushka-Shah.png GEO:42.3608068;-71.0876848 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building E15 Room 318 (Open Area) 20 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=20 Ames Street:geo:-71.0876848,42.3608068 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191017T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191017T183000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20191007T134028Z LAST-MODIFIED:20191007T134028Z UID:34218-1571331600-1571337000@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Vivek Bald\, “If I Could Reach the Border...” DESCRIPTION:Vivek Bald\, filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media \nVivek Bald\, Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media\, will read from a new essay that uses a teenage encounter with police and the justice system to explore questions of immigrant acceptability\, racialization\, and the South Asians American embrace of model minority status. He will also provide an update on his documentary film\, In Search of Bengali Harlem\, recently funded by the PBS-affiliated Center for Asian American Media\, and currently being edited by Comparative Media Studies master’s alum\, Beyza Boyacioglu. Between the essay and film\, Bald will reflect on South Asian American experiences of multi-racial identity and histories of cross-racial community-making. \nBald is a scholar\, writer\, and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora\, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. He is the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press\, 2013)\, and co-editor\, with Miabi Chatterji\, Sujani Reddy\, and Manu Vimalassery of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press\, 2013). \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/vivek-bald-if-i-could-reach-the-border/ LOCATION:MIT Building E15\, Room 318 (Open Area)\, 20 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bengali-harlem-frontcover.png GEO:42.3608068;-71.0876848 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building E15 Room 318 (Open Area) 20 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=20 Ames Street:geo:-71.0876848,42.3608068 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191022T190000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191022T190000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190731T145228Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190731T145228Z UID:33956-1571770800-1571770800@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Andrea Cohen: The William Corbett Poetry Series DESCRIPTION: \nAndrea Cohen is the author of six poetry collections\, including\, most recently Nightshade (Four Way Books\, 2019) and Unfathoming (Four Way Books\, 2017). Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker\, Poetry\, The Threepenny Review\, The Atlantic Monthly\, The New Republic\, and elsewhere. \nHer awards include a PEN Discovery Award\, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award\, and several fellowships at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge. \nIntroduction by CMS/W Lecturer Erica Funkhouser. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/andrea-cohen-william-corbett-poetry-series/ LOCATION:MIT Building 32 (Stata Center)\, Room 155\, 32 Vassar Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Poetry Series ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Andrea-Cohen-2x1.png GEO:42.3616095;-71.0906355 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building 32 (Stata Center) Room 155 32 Vassar Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=32 Vassar Street:geo:-71.0906355,42.3616095 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191024T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191024T183000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190923T164228Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190923T164228Z UID:34166-1571936400-1571941800@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:William Uricchio\, “Why Co-Create? And Why Now? Reports from A Field Study” DESCRIPTION:William Uricchio\, Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Principal Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab \nCo-Creation is picking up steam as a claim\, aspiration\, and buzz-word du jour. But what is and why does it matter? Drawing on a just-released field study\, Collective Wisdom\, this session will address those questions and explore the method’s implications for just and equitable creation. It will consider co-creation in the arts with communities\, across disciplines and organizations\, and with non-humans (both biological and AI systems)\, calling out precedents and best practices in a broad array of communities\, including historically marginalized groups. What are the trends\, opportunities\, and challenges bound up in co-creation and its various deployments\, and why it is increasingly urgent in our time? \nWilliam Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT\, where he is also founder and Principal Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab and Principal Investigator of the Co-Creation Studio. He\, together with Katerina Cizek\, authored Collective Wisdom — a field study on co-creation. His current research considers co-creation\, documentary\, and the epistemological crisis that characterizes our time. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/william-uricchio-why-co-create-and-why-now-reports-from-a-field-study/ LOCATION:MIT Building E15\, Room 318 (Open Area)\, 20 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/William-Uricchio-2x1.jpg GEO:42.3608068;-71.0876848 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building E15 Room 318 (Open Area) 20 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=20 Ames Street:geo:-71.0876848,42.3608068 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191107T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191107T170000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190903T172512Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190903T172512Z UID:34105-1573146000-1573146000@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Lucy Suchman\, “Artificial Intelligence & Modern Warfare” DESCRIPTION:Lucy Suchman\, Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology\, Lancaster University \nIn June of 2018\, following a campaign initiated by activist employees within the company\, Google announced its intention not to renew a US Defense Department contract for Project Maven\, an initiative to automate the identification of military targets based on drone video footage. Defendants of the program argued that that it would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of US drone operations\, not least by enabling more accurate recognition of those who are the program’s legitimate targets and\, by implication\, sparing the lives of noncombatants. But this promise begs a more fundamental question: What relations of reciprocal familiarity does recognition presuppose? And in the absence of those relations\, what schemas of categorization inform our readings of the Other? The focus of a growing body of scholarship\, this question haunts not only US military operations but an expanding array of technologies of social sorting. Understood as apparatuses of recognition (Barad 2007: 171)\, Project Maven and the US program of targeted killing are implicated in perpetuating the very architectures of enmity that they take as their necessitating conditions. Taking any apparatus for the identification of those who comprise legitimate targets for the use of violent force as problematic\, this talk joins a growing body of scholarship on the technopolitical logics that underpin an increasingly violent landscape of institutions\, infrastructures and actions\, promising protection to some but arguably contributing to our collective insecurity. Lucy Suchman’s concern is with the asymmetric distributions of sociotechnologies of (in)security\, their deadly and injurious effects\, and the legal\, ethical\, and moral questions that haunt their operations. She closes with some thoughts on how we might interrupt the workings of these apparatuses\, in the service of wider movements for social justice. \nLucy Suchman is a Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University\, in the United Kingdom. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/lucy-suchman-artificial-intelligence-modern-warfare/ LOCATION:MIT Building 56\, Room 114\, Access via 21 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Lucy-Suchman.jpeg GEO:42.3607044;-71.0899944 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building 56 Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=Access via 21 Ames Street:geo:-71.0899944,42.3607044 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191114T140000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191114T160000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190808T141215Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190925T130446Z UID:34005-1573740000-1573747200@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:2019 Comparative Media Studies Graduate Admissions Information Session DESCRIPTION:Please RSVP. Meet faculty and research managers\, learn about the program\, and ask questions. The event is twofold: there will be a presentation and Q&A from 2-4pm. In addition\, attendees are invited to attend that day’s Colloquium\, which has tentatively scheduled Franklin Leonard\, American film executive best known for founding The Black List\, a yearly publication featuring Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays. (Confirmation of the talk will come in October.) \nThose who can’t attend in person are welcome to follow the live stream on our YouTube channel (no registration required): https://www.youtube.com/c/MITComparativeMediaStudiesWriting. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/2019-graduate-admissions-information-session/ LOCATION:MIT Building E51\, Room 095\, 70 Memorial Drive\, Cambridge\, MA CATEGORIES:Information Session ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/CMSW-Go-2x1.png GEO:42.3606347;-71.0844037 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building E51 Room 095 70 Memorial Drive Cambridge MA;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=70 Memorial Drive:geo:-71.0844037,42.3606347 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191114T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191114T183000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190923T165220Z LAST-MODIFIED:20191007T183236Z UID:34168-1573750800-1573756200@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Eric Klopfer\, “Design Based Research on Participatory Simulations” DESCRIPTION:Professor Eric Klopfer \nAn important part of the work done at the The Education Arcade is based on a process of Design Based Research (DBR). In DBR\, we design products that are meant to fill real classroom needs and then iteratively test and refine them. Eric Klopfer and The Education Arcade are currently working on a set of “Participatory Simulations”: mobile collaborative systems-based games. \nDuring this talk\, attendees will have a chance to play a couple of these games and participate in a design discussion with one of the games that is currently in progress. \nProfessor Klopfer\, currently Head of Comparative Media Studies/Writing\, is Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. He is also a co-faculty director for MIT’s J-WEL World Education Lab. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/eric-klopfer-design-based-research-on-participatory-simulations/ LOCATION:MIT Building E15\, Room 318 (Open Area)\, 20 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Eric-Klopfer-square.jpg GEO:42.3608068;-71.0876848 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building E15 Room 318 (Open Area) 20 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=20 Ames Street:geo:-71.0876848,42.3608068 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191121T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191121T183000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190918T181655Z LAST-MODIFIED:20191004T181722Z UID:34158-1574355600-1574361000@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:Paloma Duong\, “Portable Postsocialisms [postsocialismos de bolsillo]” DESCRIPTION:Paloma Duong\, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies \nHow do Cuban culture and media register the defining aspects of its transformation at the turn of the 21st century: the expansion of transnational capitalist markets\, the proliferation of digital media\, and the simultaneous reorganization of its official state ideology and its social imaginaries? This talk will explore competing narratives about Cuba’s postsocialist moment across a range of cultural and media practices—from music to memes—inviting us to consider whether we can continue to frame Cuba as a regional exception. We will also examine how revisiting our assumptions about digital media and cultural agency\, both in Cuba and in the broader hemispheric context\, can speak to the dreams and demands of constituencies that operate between\, beneath\, and beyond the pressures of global markets and the nation-state. \n Paloma Duong is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at MIT. At the intersection of cultural studies\, media theory\, and political philosophy\, Paloma researches and teaches modern and contemporary Latin American culture. She works with social texts and emergent media cultures that speak to the exercise of cultural agencies and the formation of political subjectivity. She is currently writing Portable Postsocialisms: Culture and Media in 21st century Cuba\, a book-length study of Cuba’s changing mediascape and an inquiry on the postsocialist condition and its contexts. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies\, Art Margins\, and Cuban Counterpoints: Public Scholarship about a Changing Cuba. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/paloma-duong-portable-postsocialisms-postsocialismos-de-bolsillo/ LOCATION:MIT Building 56\, Room 114\, Access via 21 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Paloma-Duong.png GEO:42.3607044;-71.0899944 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building 56 Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=Access via 21 Ames Street:geo:-71.0899944,42.3607044 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20191205T170000 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20191205T170000 DTSTAMP:20191010T010115 CREATED:20190903T182431Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190926T141621Z UID:34110-1575565200-1575565200@cmsw.mit.edu SUMMARY:T.L. Taylor\, “Play as Transformative Work” DESCRIPTION:T.L. Taylor\, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT \nProfessor of Comparative Media Studies T.L. Taylor will explore the ways game live streamers are transforming their otherwise private play into public entertainment. She will focus on this new form of creative labor and offer a challenge to current models of IP and fandom\, suggesting the work of professional live streamers is not easily captured by non-commercial frameworks nor simple work/play dichotomies. \nT.L. Taylor is Professor of Comparative Media Studies and co-founder and Director of Research for AnyKey\, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing fair and inclusive esports. She is a qualitative sociologist who has focused on internet and game studies for over two decades. Dr. Taylor’s research explores the interrelations between culture and technology in online leisure environments. Her book Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press\, 2012) chronicles the rise of esports and professional computer gaming. Her book about game live streaming – Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming (Princeton University Press) – is now out and is the first of its kind to chronicle this emerging media space. \n URL:https://cmsw.mit.edu/event/t-l-taylor-play-as-transformative-work/ LOCATION:MIT Building 56\, Room 114\, Access via 21 Ames Street\, Cambridge\, MA\, 02139\, United States CATEGORIES:Colloquium ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://cmsw.mit.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/TL-Taylor-square.jpg GEO:42.3607044;-71.0899944 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=MIT Building 56 Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 United States;X-APPLE-RADIUS=500;X-TITLE=Access via 21 Ames Street:geo:-71.0899944,42.3607044 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR