Images Between Series and Stream – Rethinking Seriality and Streaming

The conference Images Between Series and Stream – Rethinking Seriality and Streaming will be held online 18 and 19 November 2021.

The starting point of the conference was a fact that watching TV series has become a distinct socio-cultural phenomenon in last decades. The increasing rise of streaming media services has profoundly changed the accessibility standards of TV series but also the way of watching them. However, the domestication of our life in pandemic, made us realize that streaming series and films should become more important objects of our interest than ever before. In some sense, we live in-series and on-stream platforms. New technological situations, such as the presence of videoconferences in our life, presents us not only with new problems but a new reorganisation of sensibile as Jacques Ranciere might say. Video-technology enters into our private sphere and in some sense it calls us to be constantly available – to be on-stream but also to live in series of accessibilities. The re-organisation of our life is obvious, but the role of images in this “re-” or “de-” organisation still requires some reflection. We are in constant tension between being-in-series and being-on-stream. We perceive ourselves as moving-images on screen. It affects our relationships and our perception.

We want to rethink seriality and streaming not only as certain phenomenon, but also as a notion itself. Consequently, what does series and streaming mean? How do they work? How do they shape our life, habitual processes and behavior? How do they change our thinking and orient us toward objects such as works of art? Last but not least – what does it mean to be inside of the series or what does it mean to be outside of the series? What does it mean to be between series and streaming? We hoped to find answers to this and similar questions or at least clarify them during this event.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Adam J. Nocek, Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, Adam Lipszyc, Jakub Momro, Szymon Wróbel

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Here you could view the conference program and book of abstracts ,  call for papers and information about the organisers.

Many Regimes of the Capital in the Postdigital Age

The fourth event of the Technology and Socialization Project — the conference Many Regimes of the Capital in the Postdigital Age will be held online from 20 to 22 October 2021.

The starting point of the conference was a fact that capitalism today is gaining new meaning and looking for a new name, new theorethical and practical approaches: from cognitive, affective, and neoliberal capitalism to computational, surveillance, necro-, and anarcho-capitalism. These are just several of the ways to name an era marked by the capitalization of nearly everything—work, attention, affect, and even life itself.  This conference wishes to address not only the varieties of capitalist production today but also whether and to what extent the different manifestations of capitalism are only different types of capital. In other words, is mental and emotional health a commodity in the same sense as the products of our hands and brains are commodities? Does capital therefore have an essence with many different appearancesAnd if capitalism does have an essence, then is it reducible to the permanent expansion of economic transactions to every domain of human and nonhuman activity? We hope to find answers to these and similar questions during this conference.

Here you could view the conference program, book of abstracts,  call for papers and information about the organisers.

CFP: Images Between Series and Stream – Rethinking Seriality and Streaming

The Techno-Humanities Lab and The Film Lab are delighted to invite you to the Interdisciplinary Conference “Images Between Series and Stream – Rethinking Seriality and Streaming” which will take place on 18-19 November 2021. Conference will be held online. 

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

ADAM NOCEK (Professor in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering and the Design School, Arizona State University)
ALEX TAEK-GWANG LEE (Professor of British and American Cultural Studies, Kyung Hee University)
ADAM LIPSZYC (Professor of Philosophy in the Insitute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science)
JAKUB MOMRO (Professor at the Department of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University)

CALL FOR PAPERS

In the last few years watching TV series has become a distinct socio-cultural phenomenon. The increasing rise of streaming media services has profoundly changed the accessibility standards of TV series but also the way of watching them. However, the domestication of our life in pandemic, made us realize that streaming series and films should become more important objects of our interest than ever before. In some sense, we live in-series and on-stream platforms. New technological situations, such as the presence of videoconferences in our life, presents us not only with new problems but a new reorganisation of sensibile as Jacques Ranciere might say. Video-technology enters into our private sphere and in some sense it calls us to be constantly available – to be on-stream but also to live in series of accessibilities. The re-organisation of our life is obvious, but the role of images in this “re-” or “de-” organisation still requires some reflection. We are in constant tension between being-in-series and being-on-stream. We perceive ourselves as moving-images on screen. It affects our relationships and our perception. The collaboration of the Techno-Humanities Lab and Film Lab encourages us to ask questions on two different planesphilosophical and cinematic one. Thus, we ask what happens with the pieces of the film art when they become just “tiles” on a streaming platform — a series of „bricks in the wall”? But also what happens with us when we become just tiles on video conference meetings?

We want to rethink seriality and streaming not only as certain phenomenon, but also as a notion itself We should look at them from a slightly wider perspective. All doubts lead us to the question “what do series do”? In particular, philosophers and culture researchers have paid attention to this problem and seriality itself. Umberto Eco classified the series as a kind of repetition which responds to our infantile need of always hearing the same story and being consoled by the “return of the Identical”. Other approaches were offered by Deleuze (quite opposite to Eco) and Sartre who tried to rethink series as a mode of our everyday life and experience. This encourages us to discuss the issue of seriality also from a more philosophical perspective. But what about streaming? How is it connected with seriality? How does it affect our perception? What changes in our lives and work?

Consequently, what doseries and streaming mean? How do they work? How do they shape our life, habitual processes and behavior? How do they change our thinking and orient us toward objects such as works of art? Last but not least – what does it mean to be inside of the series or what does it mean to be outside of the series? What does it mean to be between series and streaming?

Proposals are welcome, but not limited to the following topics:

  • What do series do? How are series changing our thinking? How are they shaping our everyday experience and habitual processes?

  • How does the streaming technique affect our life? Does video-technology become an evocative object (Sherry Turkle’s notion)? How does usage of video-technology for communication affect our relationships? What happens when video-technology enters into our private sphere?

  • Seriality of time or time of the series – what does it mean that somebody is in this or in another season of the given show? What does it mean to be in series or be outside of it? Or on-stream and off-stream? Are these different modes of being or different experiences of time? How do we experience time in the series?

  • How does streaming platforms and video conferences affect the process of filmmaking? New conceptions of montage, movies made through video conference platforms, usage of “tiles” in movies etc.

  • Presence of seriality in cinema – directors who made different movies about the same characters (e.g. Michael Haneke) but also movie directors who directed TV series (David Lynch and Twin Peaks). What is the difference between making series and making a movie? Are these two completely different types of perception or two types of thinking? How is thinking through series present in cinema?

  • Does popularity of TV series and stream platforms lead to the end of cinema? What is the difference between watching a movie in cinema and watching the same movie on a streaming platform? How does it change our perception of images?

  • Videoconference fatigue”. How did usage of video-technology changed our work, our thinking and everyday experience? Is it not pushing us to our limits and to being in a constant arousal?

  • How are series and streaming media services changing the cinema? Does it mean that phenomena such as cinematographic art canon or cinephilia are disappearing?

  • Subjectivity of the experience of time in series’ viewers: binge watching, commute watching, repeated viewings, communal watching, instant reactions to episodes in the social media.

Presentations are expected to be between 20 and 30 minutes long.

Please send abstracts of max 300 words, attached in a word-document, with a short bio, to technologyandsocialization@gmail.com by 26 September 2021.

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact us at the same email address. Allinformation related to the conference can be found at th.al.uw.edu.pl

The Organizing Committee,
Professor Szymon Wróbel
Dr Michał Oleszczyk
Dr Krzysztof Skonieczny
Dr Bolesław Racięski
Dr Katarzyna Szafranowska
Mgr Adam Cichoń

CFP

„Psychoanalysis and Politics. Facist Imaginaries” conference in Berlin

„Psychoanalysis and Politics. Facist Imaginaries” conference will take place on 1-3 October in Berlin. Professor Szymon Wróbel – director of Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki UW • Techno-Humanities Lab UW will participate in conference with his paper entitled „Facism as a symptom, function and ideological scheme”

CFP is still open. We encourage you to submit your abstracts. All details and the full Call for Papers can be found on website of conference https://www.psa-pol.org/fascist-imaginaries/.

W dniach 1-3 października w Berlinie odbędzie się konferencja „Psychoanalysis and Politics. Fascist Imaginaries”. Weźmie w niej udział prof. Szymon Wróbel – kierownik Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki UW • Techno-Humanities Lab UW. Tematem jego wystąpienia będzie faszyzm jako symptom („Fascism as a symptom, function and ideological scheme”)

CFP do konferencji jest wciąż otwarte. Zachęcamy do zainteresowania się wydarzeniem, a także do wysyłania swoich zgłoszeń! Więcej informacji znajdziecie na stronie konferencji https://www.psa-pol.org/fascist-imaginaries/.

Program konferencji „Ateizm po polsku”

Na stronie internetowej organizowanej przez Laboratorium konferencji „Ateizm po polsku” prezentujemy abstrakty zaplanowanych wystąpień.

Przypominamy też, że w trakcie konferencji odbędzie się także dyskusja na temat książki Michaela Ruse pt. Ateizm. Co każdy powinien wiedzieć, która ukazała się nakładem Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego w roku 2016.

Wezmą w niej udział prof. Szymon Wróbel (Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki), prof. Jan Woleński (UJ), dr Tomasz Sieczkowski (UŁ, tłumacz książki), dr Joanna Klimczyk (IFiS PAN), prof. Konrad Talmont-Kamoiński (WSFiZ). Dyskusję poprowadzi dr Sebastian Szymański (Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki).

Siła niemocy – rozmowa z prof. Szymonem Wróblem w kwietniowej „Odrze”

W kwietniowym numerze miesięcznika „Odra” znaleźć można rozmowę pt. Siła niemocy, którą z kierownikiem Laboratorium, prof. Szymonem Wróblem, przeprowadziła Jola Workowska.

"Odra", kwiecień 2017, rozmowa z prof. Szymonem Wróblem

Rozmowa dotyczy książki prof. Wróbla zatytułowanej Polska pozycja depresyjna: od Gombrowicza do Mrożka i z powrotem wydanej nakładem wydawnictwa Universitas.

KSIĄŻKA: „Fluks. Wspólnota płynów ustrojowych” Krzysztofa Pacewicza już do kupienia

Fluks. Wspólnota płynów ustrojowych – Krzysztof PacewiczNowa książka Krzysztofa Pacewicza, członka Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki, jest już dostępna w sprzedaży.

Fluks. Wspólnota płynów ustrojowych ukazała się nakładem Wydawnictwa Naukowego PWN. Autor eseju otrzymał za niego tytuł finalisty konkursu o  Nagrodę im. Barbary Skargi w 2016 roku. Przemówienie Krzysztofa Pacewicza z okazji tego wyróżnienia można zobaczyć tutaj.

Wydawca zachęca do zakupu w następujący sposób: Czytaj dalej KSIĄŻKA: „Fluks. Wspólnota płynów ustrojowych” Krzysztofa Pacewicza już do kupienia

SPOTKANIE: Publiczny intelektualista we współczesnym świecie

Wiek XX był wiekiem publicznych intelektualistów. Mimo że wielokrotnie oskarżano ich o „zdradę klerków” i stawiano wiele innych zarzutów, intelektualiści byli jedną z głównych sił kształtujących sferę publiczną. Niezależnie od typu zaangażowania, afiliacji politycznych i formy aktywności publicznej, intelektualistów łączyły trzy rzeczy: związki z publicznym system nauki, opiniotwórcza aktywność w mediach i krytyka aktualnych stosunków władzy.

Wiek XXI przynosi głęboką zmianę w tych trzech sferach. System nauki w coraz większej mierze rezygnuje ze swojej publicznej funkcji na rzecz wolnorynkowej logiki zysku. Media chętnie wyzbywają się pozostałości swojej opiniotwórczej roli, bez skrępowania przejmując zadania propagandy. A choć pokusa wysługiwania się władzy nigdy nie była intelektualistom obca, ulegają jej dziś wyjątkowo chętnie.

  • Jakie nowe wyzwania stoją dziś przed intelektualistami?
  • Gdzie współcześni intelektualiści mają szukać swojej publiczności?
  • Czy współczesna polityka potrzebuje publicznego intelektualisty? Jaką rolę powinien w niej odgrywać?

Między innymi na te pytania postaramy się znaleźć odpowiedź podczas panelu dyskusyjnego organizowanego przez Laboratorium Techno-Humanistyki Wydziału „Artes Liberales”. Czytaj dalej SPOTKANIE: Publiczny intelektualista we współczesnym świecie

Filozof i Warszawa – z prof. Szymonem Wróblem dla Miesięcznika „Znak” rozmawia Michał Jędrzejek

http://www.miesiecznik.znak.com.pl/filozof-i-warszawa/ (okładka)Rozmowa o Krzysztofie Pomianie, Leszku Kołakowskim, Bronisławie Baczce oraz Marku Siemku – polskich filozofach, którzy „wydźwignęli polską filozofię do aktualności” – w kontekście książki prof. Szymona Wróbla, kierownika Laboratorium, pt. Filozof i terytorium.

Z fragmentem wywiadu zapoznać się można na stronie Miesięcznika.