Political Ecologies of Media
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7/17/2018 at 6:46:20 PM GMT
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Political Ecologies of Media

All technological artifacts are made of material elements that originate in the natural world. All technological affordances depend on the unique qualities of specific materials from particular places. All of these materials must be extracted from the earth, transported across the planet, reconfigured into useful forms, and assembled into a technological artifact before that artifact is ever able to enter into the social relations of human societies. All media are thus fundamentally ecological. How are media technologies and practices linked to their material and energetic requirements? What kinds of social relations are required to produce and sustain media technology? What insights can be gained by analyzing media as if nature matters? This panel seeks to explore the ecological dynamics of media. It welcomes contributions from a broad range of issues, perspectives, and methods. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Resource extraction
  • Component manufacture
  • Assembly
  • Distribution
  • Cheap labor
  • Energy consumption
  • Infrastructure
  • Supply chain dynamics
  • Waste

If interested, please submit: (1) a 250-500 word abstract, (2) a short bio (150 words max.), and (3) a short bibliographic list (3-5 items) to Cole Stratton at stratton@iu.edu by August 5th. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments before or after submitting.

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