[UPDATE] SCMS 2016 CFP: Science and Audiovisual Media

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Ila Tyagi
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From Jerry Lewis's nutty chemistry professor to Heinrich Hertz's experiments with sending and receiving radio waves, audiovisual media's technoscientific basis profoundly shapes its content and form. This panel investigates how scientific research and media arts mutually influence each other. Artists find new expressive tools via scientific innovation, whereas science, as Stephen Wilson observes in Information Arts, can be "as profitably analyzed for its subtexts, its association to more general cultural forces, and its implications" (3) as art. The panel speaks to how scientific knowledge is produced and disseminated, to media practitioners' harvesting of scientific developments in order to advance their own work, and to art's effect on popular perceptions of science. In short, it addresses the ties binding together culture, science, and society.

I welcome all papers falling within this general area of inquiry. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• Technological invention and early cinema
• Medical films
• Radio, television, and the electromagnetic spectrum
• The science in sci-fi or ecomedia
• Achieving scientific plausibility in animation
• Science in new media

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a brief bio. Please send all materials to Ila Tyagi at ila.tyagi@yale.edu by AUGUST 5, 2015.