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California Studies Conference 2009, Debugging the Silicon Dream (4/24/09)

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  • Asha Agrawal
    [Although the conference title doesn t suggest a planning connection, the description below references social and environmental issues likely to interest
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 19, 2008
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      [Although the conference title doesn't suggest a planning connection, the
      description below references social and environmental issues likely to
      interest planners. Asha W. Agrawal]

      ----- Forwarded by Asha Agrawal/SJSU on 12/19/2008 09:06 PM -----

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      California Stuides Conference 2009, Debugging the Silicon Dream, Apr 24,
      2009

      California Studies Conference 2009
      Conference Announcement/Call for Proposals

      Debugging the Silicon Dream: Real Life in a Virtual World

      DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA

      Friday, April 24, 2009

      http://californiastudiesassociation.berkeley.edu/

      The Internet floats in the popular imagination like a disembodied utopia;
      the mecca of Silicon Valley rises out of nowhere, built by technological
      genius and entrepreneurial drive. In real life, however, these stories
      obscure more than they reveal. The Internet relies on distinctly
      /material/ forces such as hardware production and human labor, with
      lasting consequences for workers and the environment. In turn, the
      landscape of Silicon Valley?like much of California?is mapped in complex
      layers of diversity and inequality, shaped by struggles old and new over
      the valley?s urban future.

      Proposals for presentations or panels are welcome for the 2009
      Conference of the California Studies Association. This year?s meeting
      aims to ?ground? public discussion about the Internet, Silicon Valley,
      and high-tech California by exploring the real-world forces that shape
      them and their consequences for people and place. The event will foster
      dialogue among scholars, writers, artists, journalists, public
      officials, activists, students, and community members. The conference
      will also launch the South Bay Studies Working Group, comprised of
      researchers and practitioners engaged in building a deeper understanding
      of Silicon Valley in order to address its social problems.

      Sessions will be organized along three tracks:

      Track I: Debugging Silicon Valley
      A participatory workshop series for people interested in identifying and
      solving political and social challenges facing the communities of
      Silicon Valley. Session topics: Silicon Valley?s power structure &
      political economy, housing &homelessness, green jobs, and community
      development.

      Track II: Fragmented Technopolis: Culture and Identity
      How are identity, cultural belonging, and sense of place defined in the
      context of ethnic multiplicity and urban fragmentation? Session topics:
      literature, art & civic engagement, the right to the city, and
      immigration & race.

      Track III: Materiality of the Digital World
      What are the material forces behind the rise of the internet and Silicon
      Valley? What are the ?real world? consequences of the production of high
      technology for people and environment? Session topics: material origins
      of the internet, military industrial complex, open space, and health.

      Submit proposals by 1/23/09 to Aaron Wilcher, UC Berkeley,
      aaronwilcher@... and Nari Rhee, UC Berkeley, nari@....

      To be added to the conference email list: email
      castudiesassociation@...


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