Looking forward to presenting at the upcoming annual conference for the Society for Utopian Studies at UC Berkeley. This year's theme is "Disruption, Displacement, and Disorder" in the Bay Area, and I'll be presenting on my research into the Google Buses, the history of BART, and the push for self-driving cars.
In late April, I'll be presenting research that I've been collaborating on with Elizabeth Wissinger, on the possible futures of wearable technology, and the ways that tech-industry ideology intersects with and shapes the body, especially femme/gendered bodies.
As I start my second year as a HASTAC Scholar, I'm really looking forward to connecting with the other scholars and hearing about the latest in Digital Humanities practice and research at HASTAC 2017.
On April 11–12, I'll be participating in Utopia After the Human, the fifth symposium organized by the research network Imaginaries of the Future: Historicizing the Present. I'll be presenting work from my ongoing research on the ways that ideas of the Anthropocene circulate in visual media, focusing on dystopian imagery and environmental documentary.
Science-Fiction L.A.: Words and World-Building in the City of Angels will take place on October 28–29 at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. As the interplay between visions of the future and cities as we live in and build them is one of my very favorite subjects, I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate on a panel on LA's central role in visions of California and the future.
At the end of the month I'll be participating in a lecture series at USF gathering artists, writers, and researchers around ideas of whether we are, in fact, in this thing called the Anthropocene, and if so, how do we cope?
I'll be presenting at the ISA World Forum in Vienna on July 10 as part of the Visual Sociology Working Group. The panel is a series of presenters discussing the environment, the Anthropocene, and visual media—some of my favorite subjects. Very pleased to be included and looking forward to the other talks. The Forum runs … Continue reading Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum
I'll be presenting at Utopian Dreaming, an event considering the 40th anniversary of Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia, on November 7 at UCSC. My talk will be about utopia and dystopia in film and literature in California, and there are many other fascinating panels, including a keynote by Kim Stanley Robinson. Talks will be archived after the conference here.
Since the summer of 2012, I've been involved in a project at UC Santa Cruz that is an attempt to get scholars from different disciplines who study sustainability to collaborate and forge a shared vocabulary for common solutions to our collective challenges. The project collects sites where different logics of sustainability—market forces and utopian impulses, … Continue reading Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch
There's a great conference coming up hosted by the Film & Digital Media department at UCSC. Poetics & Politics will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice in documentary film and interactive work. I'm very pleased to have been included in a panel on May 17 on Gentrification in San Francisco, where I'll … Continue reading Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17