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  • Pamela McLean
    Andrius This may be of interest to you. Pam ... hi, please find below the call for the The Sixth European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 23, 2009
    This may be of interest to you.
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    please find below the call for the The Sixth European Meeting of the
    Society for Literature, Science and the Arts. Of the six conference
    streams, which are all very interesting, 'networks and sustainability'
    is probably of interest to members of this list, so that the call for
    this stream is included in full
    hope to see you in Latvia

    The Sixth European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and
    the Arts

    Place and dates: Riga/Liepaja (Latvia), 15-20 June, 2010
    Main Organizer: Electronic Text + Textiles (e-t+t)

    Main site for the academic programme, reception, lunches:
    The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga)
    Other conference sites:
    e-t+t; Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts; Riga City Art Space
    (t.b.c.), The Art Lab, University of Liepaja

    1. Textuality and Materiality 2. Architextures 3. Biopalimpsests 4.
    Tissue Cultures 5. Networks and Sustainability_In Liepaja 19-20 June: 6.
    Art as Research

    Main Call for Papers, all Streams
    conference email: slsa.2010@...

    Networks and Sustainability

    Chairs: Rasa Smite ( director of RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture,
    Riga) and Armin Medosch (researcher, writer and curator, Vienna and

    This stream will interrogate the complex relationships between " network
    technology" and " network society", in order to reveal the multilayered
    texture of networks and to consider what potential network culture
    contains for sustainable development in technological, social and
    cultural fields.

    After the initial privatisation of the net in the 1990s, there was a
    wide-spread believe that the decentralized structure of the net would
    remodel society. Although it did not exactly work out like that, and the
    net has come under ever more closer corporate and state control, many
    important developments in the emancipatory use of the net originated in
    the network culture of the 1990s. While some of the techno-utopian ideas
    of the 1990s failed, we propose that a deeper analysis of many of the
    facets of network culture is now demanded. Taking stock of progressive
    and innovative developments in network culture, we are asking:

    * Which approaches exist for sustainable and social development of
    technologies (merging communal and technological developments)?

    * Which projects are underway to address the alternatives of energy use
    and other environmental issues (stemming from ICT)?

    * In which ways have alternative networks been able to create and
    maintain own network infrastructures (regarding server hosting,
    bandwidth, wireless and wired community networks, etc.)?

    * What can artists learn from FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)
    communities and vice versa?

    * In which ways has network culture already transformed the ways
    artists, curators, art historians and the audience "work" together? And
    which alternative models for dealing with authorship rights and
    collective authorship exist?

    * Which (artistic) strategies have been successfully used for purposes
    of resistance, social transformations, development of autonomous and
    sustainable structures?

    For this stream, we welcome papers by researchers, media theorists,
    social scientists, network activists and artists, who are engaged with
    the issues of sustainable development, ecological and alterantive uses
    of new technologies, social networking and social software development,

    All proposals should be sent to this email address: slsa.2010@...

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