CNM Research Talk: See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, The Sensory Apparatus And The Future Of Human- Presented By Professor Madeline Schwartzman

Abstract:

Did you know that we can see with our tongue? Will robotic hair become our next important digital tool? What ways will we use technology to remember plants after they have been destroyed? Madeline Schwartzman presents her research of artists and designers exploring the future of the human senses, the human head, and our technological relationship with nature. Her talk stems from her personal design, architecture, and artistic practices along with her research from her two books and current exhibition.

See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (2011)– is the first book to survey the fascinating intersection between design, the body and the senses over the last fifty years, from the utopian pods, pneumatics and head gear of the 1960’s, to the high-tech prostheses, wearable computing, implants, and interfaces between computers and the human nervous system of the recent decade.

See Yourself X focuses in on our fundamental perceptual domain- the human head—presenting an array of conceptual and constructed ideas for extending ourselves physically into space. This includes all forms of physical head augmentation, including new organs, hair extensions and hairdos, masks, head constructions and gear, headdresses, prosthetics and helmets by artists, designers, inventors and scientists.

See Yourself E(x)ist looks at how artists envision our human future in nature- our poetic attempts at agency, our technological advances, and our futile role in the intricate and complex web of all living things.The art acknowledges the elegance of futility, the strangeness of attempts at permanence, and the absurdity of technological advances.

Speaker: 

Madeline Schwartzman is professor at Columbia, Barnard and Parsons. This writer, filmmaker and architect explores human narratives between art, design, technology and nature. Her books, See Yourself Sensing, See Yourself X and current exhibition See Yourself E(x)ist propose insights into a weird and wonderful future.

20 February 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NUS Central Library
CLB-04-04, Theatrette 1

Register at cnmn.us/exist.

CNM Research Talk: Making Sense of Public Culture- Presented By Professor Nikos Papastergiadis

Abstract:

In this lecture, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis explores the challenge of making sense of culture that occurs in public spaces. Unlike the performances and displays of culture within interior spaces, the experience of culture in an urban and networked public environment presents new challenges for cultural interpretation and evaluation. Relying on traditional art historical categories or emergent digital ethnographic tools may be either too narrow or too focused on technological affordances. Instead, he proposes to explore a new conceptual approach that seeks to grasp the wide range of artistic projects and diverse modes of public interaction. It will draw on research conducted at Melbourne’s Federation Square to discuss how the concept of ambience helps make sense of both the production and experience of public culture.

The first section of the article introduces the changing settings for culture: from an almost exclusively interior presentation to an increasingly mediated, networked and outdoor experience.

The second section situates this exteriorisation of culture in terms of a shifting urban environment that is increasingly interwoven with media networks, systems and infrastructure. This section also introduces the case study: Melbourne’s Federation Square.

The third section describes some of the different forms of engagement that take place in Federation Square and how this problematises traditional expectations of cultural experiences. Finally, he concludes with a reflection on these findings and draws out implications for cultural programming of public space.

Speaker: 

Nikos Papastergiadis Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to the University of Melbourne he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester. T His sole authored publications include Modernity as Exile (1993), Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998), The Turbulence of Migration (2000), Metaphor and Tension (2004) Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012), Ambient Perspectives (2013) as well as being the editor of over 10 collections, author of numerous essays which have been translated into over a dozen languages and appeared in major catalogues such as the Biennales of Sydney, Liverpool, Istanbul, Gwanju, Taipei, Lyon, Thessaloniki and Documenta 13. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, and Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore.

7 February 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-38, CNM Playroom

Register at cnmn.us/publicculture.

CNM Research Talk: Witnessing Suffering, Narrative Data, Autoethnographic Analysis, and Communicative Responsibility- Presented By Fulbright Scholar Professor Barbara Sharf

Abstract:

Medical humanities scholars have repeatedly made the case for the ethical importance of clinicians enacting attention, presence, and empathy to witness the stories of illness-related suffering disclosed by patients. However, the concept of witnessing has not received adequate attention in the communication literature (health communication or otherwise).

In this presentation, storied accounts of three instances of witnessing the tense precipice between living and dying experienced by patients being treated for critical illnesses in hospital intensive care units are described from the perspective of a non-clinician. Instead of these data being gathered through interviews or focus groups, they are instead drawn from [my own] personal participant-observation that includes a great deal of obvious subjectivity, interpersonal connection, and evoked emotions. So, is this data that counts as a form of research? Post-hoc reflection on these narrative accounts is unabashedly auto-ethnographic. Does authoethnographic analysis have validity and integrity as a scholarly venue? All of us are asked to consider what are the important aspects and responsibilities of being witness to another’s suffering.

Speaker: 

Barbara Sharf is a health communication researcher with research interests encompassing a wide variety of health-related topics. She is best-known for works employing qualitative forms of investigation and analysis, particularly narrative inquiry. She is the author or co-author of three books, the most recent being Storied Health and Illness: Communicating Personal, Cultural, and Political Complexities (2017), and more than 75 academic journal articles and book chapters. Currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at Texas A & M, she remains active in conducting and publishing research. Her work has been honored as Outstanding Health Communication Scholar (2005) and Distinguished Health Communication Article (2017) by the National Communication Association. For the past decade, her work has focused on communicative aspects of integrative health care, specifically how culturally-based, complementary systems and modalities of healing have moved toward institutionalization within conventional, biomedical organizations. As a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar, she has visited NUS for the last three years in the Department of Communication and New Media to extend her studies to Singapore.

2 February 2018
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NUS Libraries, Central Library
National University of Singapore
CLB-04-04, Theatrette 1

Register at cnmn.us/witness.

CARE Research Talk: Critical Digital Health Studies, Now And In The Future- Presented By Professor Deborah Lupton

Abstract:

Digital technologies have risen to meet the challenge of delivering better healthcare, containing medical costs and getting people to engage more actively in the promotion of health, fitness, well-being as well as self-care for chronic conditions. In medical journals, public health literature, industry forums and ministries, discussion has been intense, but mired in an overly utopian and individualistic approach to digital health technologies. In this talk, Professor Deborah Lupton will outline what defines critical digital health studies, in which the socio-cultural, ethical and political implications are identified. She will then delve into her current research, and share some ideas to shape the future of digital health studies.

Speaker: 

Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, leader of the Smart Technology Living Lab at the University of Canberra, and the co-leader of the Digital Data & Society Consortium. Her latest books are Digital Sociology (Routledge, 2015), The Quantified Self (Polity, 2016) and Digital Health (Routledge, 2017), as well as the edited volumes Digitised Health, Medicine and Risk (Routledge, 2016), The Digital Academic (Routledge, 2017, co-edited with Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson) and Self-Tracking, Health and Medicine (2017). Her current research interests all involve aspects of digital sociology: digital health, digital data cultures, self-tracking practices, digital food cultures, digitised academia, and the digital surveillance of children and young people.

19 January 2018
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

VENUE CHANGED!
Blk AS6, #03-38, CNM Playroom
Lecture Theatre 10 (Beside the Arts Canteen)

Register at cnmn.us/digitalhealth.

CNM Research Talk: Reality Television As Global Form- Presented By Associate Professor Biswarup Sen

Abstract:

Reality television has become an important part of popular culture. In recent decades, reality shows like American Idol, Big Brother, Survivor and Donald Trump’s The Apprentice have attracted a worldwide audience, adding to more traditional forms of fictional storytelling associated with the novel, cinema and broadcast entertainment. Reality TV is a distinct kind of cultural phenomenon, one that is based on the uniqueness of the format, crossing borders in terms of production and distribution, and structurally constituted by the logic of neo-liberal subject formation. It serves as a global form that helps us understand the cultural impact of globalisation.

Speaker: 

Associate Professor Biswarup Sen has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at the School of Journalism and Communication since 2004.

He worked as a journalist in India before coming to the United States for graduate work in journalism and communication. He taught for several years in the Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric at the State University of New York, Binghamton, where he was a member of the University Diversity Task Force and served as an advisor to the student-run Harpur Academic Review. He has also worked as a consultant for a marketing firm and an internet-based company and as a communications specialist for nonprofit organizations.

17 January 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-38
CNM Playroom

Register at cnmn.us/realitytv.

Keynote: Dr Raka Shome To Speak at Goldsmith College London

Dr Raka Shome will be delivering a keynote talk- When Postcolonical Studies Meets Media Studies– at Goldsmiths College London, on 27 November 2017.  Her talk is sponsored by MECCSA‘s (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association of, UK) Race and Postcolonial Research Network, Centre for Feminist Research and Critical Race Studies, and Department of Communication, at Goldsmiths College.

Student Showcase: CNM Students Work With NUS Office of Student Affairs To Spread Care And Encouragement

With the semester peaking and exams coming ever closer, it’s normal to see students rushing from one class to another, intent looks on faces. Which is why the Office of Student AffairsStudent Support Services partnered students from the Communications and New Media department to develop a campaign heartwarmingly called Sail The Heartships Together. The campaign’s aim was to motivate students to stop, rest and encourage a special buddy during the hectic season. Set up along the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Block AS1 walkway on 30 October 2017, the booth attracted more than 500 participants. Expressive words of thought and encouragement were penned down and exchanged between buddies who stopped by the booth together. Many had a refreshing chance to indulge in decant sweet ice cream before they made their way to the next class. It was, all in all, an unusual but fantastic intervention into the busy lives of NUS students.

WHO ARE THEY? The students who formulated and rolled out Sail the Heartships Together are part of the CNM module NM4219- New Media In Health Communication, which focuses on how new media can be used to build grassroots engagement, promote policy advocacy, and build environments that support healthy behavior change. Like most modules in Communications and New Media, students are encouraged to bridge theory and practice by working directly with stakeholders and communities.

View more images from the campaign here.

NUS CNM Faculty Andrew Quitmeyer At DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Assistant Professor Andrew Quitmeyer presented a talk at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), in which he discussed how:

Digital interactive technology holds great potential for experimenting with and understanding wild animals. Traditional ways of designing tech, however, pull field biologists out of nature and into the lab. This talk discusses wearable and mobile laboratories that let artists, designers, and biologists create their own tools entirely in the wild.

Here’s the live stream of the event, including Andrew’s talk: DASER Live Stream

 

Student Showcase: Design Fiction 2017- An Uncertain Future Visualised and Explained Through Fiction

Ever wondered what the world will be like decades, or even centuries from now? One thing is for sure, the inexorable forces of climate change is going to have an impact on how we live, where we live, and most importantly, what we are going to live for. In a unique exhibition of prototypes that challenge our fondest ideas, CNM students from the Design Fiction module explore the Frontiers of Ecological Interaction, and take you on a journey rarely imagined.

Science fiction-type storyworlds are presented through the creation of interactive, futuristic objects that aim to provoke important discussions on our precarious future.

Learn how CNM students, under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Andrew Quitmeyer, begin to explore today’s technology, and the issues that arise between man’s actions and the natural world, through interactive objects, performances and believable storyworlds.

Come see the exhibition, and tell us what is your own vision of the future…


Date: Saturday, 18 November 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: Singapore Botanical Gardens, Eco-Garden

More details at: Singapore Botanical Gardens Programmes