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The official call for submissions is now up for this conference at Berkeley in the fall, organized by several of my current colleagues at the Berkeley Center for New Media. Details below, and at the conference site:

The Queerness and Games Conference brings together academics and developers to embark on an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection between LGBT issues and video games. The event will combine traditional paper presentations and panels with design discussions and creative workshops. Main focuses will include LGBT representation in games, LGBT concerns in the games industry, and the newly forming scholarly field of queer games studies.

Academics and game-related professionals from all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals for talks, panels, or experimental sessions.

Submission Deadline is July 1st.


2012-2013 History and Theory of New Media talks

H&T Fall 2012The Berkeley Center for New Media has organized a second year of the History and Theory of New Media lecture series, the first of which takes place this Thursday. It’s an excellent line-up, and though I technically have to be at every talk as one of the event organizers, I would no doubt have been drawn by the tantalizing topics (particularly the focus on materiality). Here’s the full line-up, with additional information for the kick-off lecture this week.


September 6: Applied Topology / Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG / Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

September 27: Camouflage Media / Hanna Rose Shell, MIT / 470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

October 25: Imagined Networks / Wendy Chun, Brown / Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

January 31: Media Materialities / Stefan Andriopoulos, Columbia / 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

March 14: Amateurdom / Lisa Gitelman, NYU / 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley



Applied Topology, Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) kicks off the 2012-13 History and Theory of New Media lecture series with his talk “Applied Topology,” on burglary, tunneling, and urban perforation. Manaugh will discuss the city as seen—and, more importantly, used and misused—by people other than architects and urban planners. Ultimately asking if spatial crimes such as breaking & entering and burglary have anything to offer urban theory, “Applied Topology” explores an alternative, even ilicit, understanding of how the city can be used and operated. From Gordon Matta-Clark to the tunneling crew of The Bank Job, how does applied topology – the forced introduction of unplanned connections, performations, holes, tunnels, and cuts – transform our relationship with architectural space?
Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and a contributing editor at Wired UK. With Nicola Twilley, he is currently co-director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus event space and urban futures think tank run by the architecture department at Columbia University.

The History and Theory of New Media series is produced by the Berkeley Center for New Media with support from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Big Week at Berkeley

This week is shaping up to be quite the new media funfest, so for those of you in the area I encourage you to take advantage of these (mostly) free events:

1) Tonight, the last Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium lecture of the year, given by choreographer Jonah Bokaer.

2) On Thursday:

3) Also on Thursday, the last talk in the History and Theory of New Media lecture series, given by Rita Raley.

4) On Friday and Saturday, the Digital Inquiry symposium featuring keynote speaker Bernard Stiegler.

I’m personally planning on attending 3 out of 4 of these great events (okay, I have to go, since I’m working tech and moderating a panel, but still)!