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Trevor Paglen, Nine Reconnaissance Satellites over the Sonora Pass, 2008, C-Print, 48 x 60 in.Courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York; Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.
In this four-hour exposure shot in the remote wilderness of the High Sierra’s Sonora Pass, photographer Trevor Paglen captured the ubiquitous yet mostly unseen presence of military eyes in the night sky: 10 satellites, nine of which were launched by the United States and Russia as reconnaissance vehicles.
Call for Papers, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology
Boston, Park Plaza Hotel, 10-12 April 2014
Theme: In/visibility: Projects, Media, Politics
Keynote speaker: Faye Ginsburg, New York University
Additional plenary presenters include: W J T Mitchell, John Jackson, Jr., Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, Anna Grimshaw, and Michael Herzfeld
The visible and the unseen are states of growing anthropological engagement. The conference theme looks to visibilization and concealment, and their ambiguous thresholds, as prompts to new questions in the domains of politics, the economy, religion, media, social inequality, citizenship, security, human rights and humanitarianism. Those emergent questions insist that visibility and invisibility are active processes, not merely empirical states or static qualities of appearance or non-appearance. As such, the theme of this conference draws on a thread that ties creative sociocultural engagements in anthropology to older questions of method, meaning and representation. At issue are current public controversies about “dark sites” in politics, national security, and law; shadow, alien and regulated forms within commerce, finance, and the environment; techniques of legibility, surveillance and their evasion; visual media’s growing influence; and the hopes and fears pinned on emerging biomedical, computational and manufacturing technologies. Concern with processes of in/visibilization is more than ever pertinent to anthropological representation itself, as anthropologists increasingly adopt visual media even as scholars of the cultural politics of representation and visual anthropology, ethnographic filmmakers and students of indigenous media debate the politics, ethics and methods of the image.
Proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, other formats) that make creative use of the allotted time (1 hour 45 minutes) are encouraged, including (but not limited to) panels that explore a key text, media, or visual project circulated to conference participants in advance and panels that feature excerpts of audio/visual works or make a visual and/or textual response to a specific concept or keyword relating to the conference themes. Proposals for individual papers are also invited.
Abstract submission deadline 8 January 2014.
The conference registration receipt, sent to each conference registrant by email, will have a link to the paper abstract and panel proposal submission portal.
Hotel information: The conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, steps from the Boston Common. Conference registrants receive a special rate of $185 per night, single, double, triple or quad. All rooms include complimentary high-speed Internet access. Conference-rate hotel reservations open 15 January 2014.
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CALL FOR PAPERS, AMERICAN ETHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING MEETING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY