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Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
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McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
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February 04, 2008
CFP - Visible Memories Conference
Visible Memories Conference
Oct. 2-4, 2008
Call for Papers
Conference Theme: The Visible Memories Conference at Syracuse University invites papers for competitive selection. The conference will explore the intersections between visual culture and memory studies with particular focus on the ways in which memories are manifested and experienced in visible, material, or spatial form.
Examples of especially relevant and desirable research topics include: local sites of memory; memorials and archives; environmentalism and representations of nature; regional, national, or global tourism; photography or cinema; digital media; and art installations. We also welcome other research topics in similarly innovative areas.
The Visible Memories Conference is presented by the Visual Arts and Cultures Cluster of The Central New York Humanities Corridor, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Corridor is a large-scale partnership with Syracuse University, Cornell University, and the University of Rochester that connects scholarship in five other cluster areas: philosophy, linguistics, religions and cultures, musicology/music history, and humanities at the interface of science/technology.
Conference Format: The conference will feature an innovative combination of events designed to facilitate conversation not only between a variety of researchers concerned with the study of visual culture and memory but also between academics and distinguished professionals in art and design, film production, and institutional archiving.
Featured events will include:
· A keynote lecture by conceptual artist Ernesto Pujol.
· Plenary speakers:
Cara Finnegan (Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Andrea Hammer (Landscape Architecture, Cornell University)
George Legrady (Media Arts and Technology and Art, University of California at Santa Barbara)
Julia Meltzer (media artist)
Phaedra Pezzullo (Communication and Culture, Indiana University)
Gregory Sholette (Art and Art History, Queens College)
David Thorne (media artist)
Patricia Zimmermann (Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College).
· Competitive panel sessions.
· Research workshops and roundtables.
· A gallery reception and film/video screenings.
Submission Guidelines: Submit a paper abstract electronically (500 word maximum). Include a separate cover page with paper title; author name and affiliation; and contact information. Submissions should be addressed to Dr. Anne T. Demo (atdemo_at_syr.edu).
Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference planning committee. Deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2008. Acceptance notification will be sent by June 1, 2008.
Conference History: Syracuse University has been heavily involved in the study of public memory and visual culture for the past seven years. The university has previously hosted two major interdisciplinary conferences devoted to the themes of “Framing Public Memory” (2001) and “Contesting Public Memories” (2005). These events have attracted national and international scholars from such disciplines as Anthropology, Rhetorical Studies, Philosophy, Writing, Geography, and Art. As a result of these efforts, the Syracuse University “Public Memory Project” has become a hub for collaboration among scholars from over a dozen departments and has hosted numerous individual scholars while supporting specific memory-related projects within the Syracuse community.
Travel and Accommodations: Syracuse University is located in the heart of Central New York, close to many major metropolitan areas (2.5 hours from Buffalo; 4 from Philadelphia; 4.1 from New York City; 5 from Boston; 5.4
from Pittsburgh). Conference participants may travel conveniently to Syracuse, NY, through Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
The conference will be held at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel (315-479-7000). Other high-quality accommodations nearby include the Sheraton Syracuse (315-475-3000) and the Genesee Grande Hotel (315-476-4212).
See our conference website for further details.
Additional questions about the Visible Memories Conference may be addressed to:
Dr. Anne T. Demo
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
100 Sims Hall, Building V
Syracuse, New York 13244
February 01, 2008
CFP - mSOCIETY 2008/EURO mGOV 2008
MOBILE LIFE EVENTS
--- exploring the influence of mobile technologies on life ---
-- mSOCIETY 2008 -- The 1st International Conference on Mobile Society
-- EURO mGOV 2008 -- The 3rd European Conference on Mobile Government
15 -19 September 2008, Sheraton Voyager, Antalya, Turkey
Mobile technologies are having a great impact on how we live our lives. These influences range from personal relations to interaction in society, and from the transformation of the public sector to the dynamics of economic development.
mLife conference and exhibitions are prime events for all organizations and professionals who would like to monitor, take part in and shape the development of the social aspects of the mobile revolution. They provide opportunities to businesses, public sector organizations and researchers to explore the frontiers of the social mobile revolution and be informed in order to reach their goals.
EURO mGOV 2008 - The 3rd European Conference on Mobile Government
15-16 September 2008, Sheraton Voyager, Antalya, Turkey
Mobile Government involves revolutionary approaches to the modernization of public sector via the utilization of networked mobile technologies in local or central government organizations. It aims to enhance public sector business by creating new opportunities to provide services to society. mGovernment is now a recognized field of
practice and research, and constitutes the next evolutionary step of progress in eGovernment.
The EURO mGOV 2008 aims to be a platform for presenting, exchanging and disseminating the newest developments, ideas, applications and services in the field of mGovernment among three essential constituents: public and private sector professionals and the researchers.
mSOCIETY 2008 The 1st International Conference on Mobile Society
18-19 September 2008, Sheraton Voyager, Antalya, Turkey
Mobile Society refers to the emerging trends of the collective-life on earth driven by the technology of networked mobile phones and other mobile devices. These technologies and its fast and wide adoption is influencing the way we live in the society, we run businesses and the way we are as an individual.
The First International Conference on Mobile Society (mSociety 2008) aims to be a platform for the presentation, exchange and dissemination of the latest developments, ideas, applications and services involving all aspects of practice and research in mSociety.
The mLife events organization invites you to join the networks and forums for creating, exchanging and disseminating business, social and psychological perspectives on mobile technologies and how they influence our life on earth.
Further Information on participation and content please visit www.mgovernment.org/events/ or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
A new software toy to archive research text and materials
Scribe is a free cross-platform note-taking program designed especially with historians in mind. Think of it as the next step in the evolution of traditional 3x5 note cards. Scribe allows you to manage your research notes, quotes, thoughts, contacts, published and archival sources, digital images, outlines, timelines, and glossary entries. You can create, organize, index, search, link, and cross-reference your note and source cards. You can assemble, print, and export bibliographies, copy formatted references to clipboard, and import sources from online catalogs. You can store entire articles, add extended comments on each card in a separate field, and find and highlight a particular word within a note or article. Scribe's uses range from an undergraduate history research seminar to a major archival research project.
* Create very long notes (up to 64,000 characters)
* Store published and archival sources (up to 22 types of sources)
* Create, print, and export bibliographies
* Copy footnote and parenthetical references to clipboard in Chicago or MLA format
* Import sources from online catalogs (one at a time only)
* Index note and source cards using a large number of keywords
* Store contact information and notes on authors
* Add extended comments on each card in a separate field
* Search notes and sources by author, title, keyword, note, comments, and other fields
* Perform word search: find and highlight a specific word in the note
* Link sources to notes
* Link sources and notes to images
* Create cross-reference links between cards
* Create an outline and link it to cards
* Create a timeline and link it to cards
* Create a glossary for your project
* Import from bibliographic managers and online databases
* Export to RIS and Zotero RDF
While Scribe was originally designed for historians, I don't see a disciplinary limit to it's use. So far I like it for linking to my archived email discussions and the like. We shall see how it holds up as I test it over time.
They have other freeware as well, check out their Tools page.
CFP - THE GOOD LIFE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE
THE GOOD LIFE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE
Multidisciplinary Workshop at the University of Twente, The Netherlands June 12-14, 2008
Organized by Philip Brey (chair), Adam Briggle, Ed Spence, Johnny Soraker Department of Philosophy, University of Twente and 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, the Netherlands.
Maximum number of participants: 32
This workshop will consider the implications of contemporary technology for the quality of life, and will examine approaches from philosophy and social and behavioural science for studying the quality of life in a technological age. Since the industrial revolution, modern technology has seriously impacted day-to-day life and has engendered changing ideals of the good life. In recent years, new technologies in the information, medical, industrial, and other sectors have further impacted everyday life. In this workshop, different disciplinary perspectives, from philosophy, psychology, economics and other fields, will be employed to interpret and evaluate contemporary relations between technology and the quality of life.
Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
Luigino Bruni, Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Charles Ess, Interdisciplinary studies, Drury University, USA
Jeroen van den Hoven, Department of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Anton Tupa, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, USA
Ruut Veenhoven, Department of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Peter-Paul Verbeek, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
More invited speakers will be announced on http://ceptes.nl/glita
? Philosophical and empirical methods for studying the good life and quality of life in a technological culture
? Implications of modern technology for the quality of life
? Hedonist, desire-satisfactionist and objective list accounts of contemporary life
? Quality of life, consumer culture and consumer technologies
? Quality of life, political philosophies and technology policy
? Quality of life, sustainability and the environment
? Quality of life and information technology
? Quality of life and biomedical technology
? New technologies and changing ideals of the good life
? Welfare economics and technology
? Happiness studies and technology
We are looking for contributions that employ conceptions of the quality of life or well-being that go beyond traditional social-economical quality-of-life indices, and that consider either the subjective preferences and psychological states of persons (as in psychology and welfare economics) or particular normative ideals of the good life (as developed in philosophy).
SUBMISSION OF EXTENDED ABSTRACTS:
Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (1000-1500 words). The abstract should be in doc, rtf or pdf format and be submitted by email to email@example.com before March 10, 2008.
Each participant will give a short presentation followed by discussion. For invited papers a commentator will be assigned. There will be a plenary discussion at the end of the workshop.
We are currently considering reputable publishers for a book consisting of the best papers from the workshop. Full papers for inclusion in the book should be submitted before November 1, and will be peer-reviewed.
March 10 Extended abstract submission deadline
March 21 Notification of acceptance
June 12-14 Workshop
November 1 Submission of full paper (optional)
There is no registration fee for the workshop, but participants cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation (inexpensive accommodation will be available). More information about transportation and local accommodation can be found on our Website: http://ceptes.nl/glita. If you have any questions regarding the
workshop, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.