Network_Ecologies Symposium

The Network_Ecologies Symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to collectively and collaboratively discuss networks and network(ed) ecologies.

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Network Ecologies Symposium flyer Final for web Sept 26The Network_Ecologies Symposium will be a multi-disciplined, multi-format symposium to be held in the new PhD Scholar Lab at Smith Warehouse, October 18-19, 2013. Friday’s events will be invite-only but Saturday’s event will be open to the public. The symposium will extend the contributions and conversations currently taking place on our invitee-only online forum Ecology of Networks and will feature Jussi Parikka – author of Insect Media, Media Archaeology and more recently work on Media Ecology – as our keynote. In his presentation In Bursts, Not Flows: Microtemporalities and Engineering Network Politics, Parikka will evoke Ernst’s notion of microtemporality to argue for “a different sort of temporality…one of meticulous microengineering of network temporalities, their bursting nature, a world of data queues and synchronization.”  Duke’s Mark BN Hansen, one of the leading scholars in the field of media theory and philosophy, will be responding to Parikka’s keynote.

Other scholars will include:

Drew Burk, a media philosopher who specializes in French media theory, will lead a Saturday lunch seminar on Fernand Deligny’s work regarding the network as a mode of life.

Duke’s Dr. Clare Woods (Classical Studies) will be presenting her project mapping intellectual networks in early medieval Europe.

Artist, designer, scholar Florian Wiencek will introduce our Symposium with an invite-only PhD Lab Friday presentation on “Digital Cultural Learning: Traversing Networks and Activating the Archive.” Stay tuned – this talk may be broadcast!

Dr. Reagan Moore, from UNC’s RENCI will join us with a presentation titled “Policy-based consensus building” that will cover the following ideas: A network can be viewed as the development of a consensus by a community on approved interactions. The community consensus defines the expectations associated with the community interactions. Based on this viewpoint, a shared data collection can be described by the policies that enforce a community consensus on desired collection properties. The policies are mapped to computer actionable rules to automate enforcement of collection properties. Examples will be given based on multiple science and engineering domains.

Turan Duda, co-owner and lead architect of DudaPaine Architects will join us to present “Seven Wonders, A network of ideas (conceptual) and memories (experiential).”

Leadership entrepreneur Jonathan Kroll will be presenting an interactive/experiential presentation titled “Developmental Networks: Mentorship For A Better Me” during which we’ll explore traditional one-to-one mentoring, developmental networks, as well as an alternative approach to mentorship – group mentoring. The developmental network approach, Kroll believes capitalizes on one-to-one mentoring by purposefully pursuing multiple dyadic mentoring relationships.

Dr. Stephanie Boluk‘s talk “Symbolic Xchanges: Poetry, Money, ARGs” will examine the dialectic between money and language as well as the relationship of electronic literature to emerging cultures of financialization through an analysis of Speculation (https://, an alternate reality game (ARG) directed by Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and Patrick LeMieux.

In his talk “Networking the NES: Beyond the Dark Age of Digital Games” artist/game designer/scholar Patrick LeMieux will theorize nonhuman play, networked subjectivities, and metagaming by presenting games he’s made to interrogate these emerging ecologies.

Duke’s S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab, including Mark Hansen, Mark Olson, Patrick LeMieux, Amanda Starling Gould, Luke Caldwell, David Rambo, Max Symuleski, & Yair Rubinstein will enact a network(ed) art-game intervention.

The artist, designer, and speculative (neuro)biologist Pinar Yoldas will be presenting her work in conjunction with the Speculative Sensation Lab art intervention.

Network_Ecologies Symposium Schedule

Friday Afternoon, October 18 (Private Invite-only)
Note: See above for abstracts, check the drop-down menu for scholar bios, and check out ‘Home’ for pre-Symposium forum discussion

Saturday, October 19
Smith Warehouse Bay 4 Garage
9:45 Coffee
10:00 Welcome, Amanda Starling Gould
10:15 Reagan Moore “Policy-based consensus building”
11:00 Clare Woods & Eric Monson “Scholars, Teachers and Students in Early Medieval Europe: Towards a Total Network”
12:00 Turan Duda “Seven Wonders, A network of ideas (conceptual) and memories (experiential)”
12:45 Lunch Seminar led by Drew Burk “Living Network Ecologies: Fernand Deligny in the age of social networks”
2:00 Jon Kroll “Developmental Networks: Mentorship For A Better Me”
2:45 Patrick LeMieux “Networking the NES: Beyond the Dark Age of Digital Games”
3:45 Stephanie Boluk “Symbolic Xchanges: Poetry, Money, ARGs”
4:45 art-game intervention by S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab with theoretical statement from David Rambo
5:15 The S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab intervention continues with a presentation from S-1 artist Pinar Yoldas
6:00 Jussi Parikka Keynote “In Bursts, Not Flows: Microtemporalities and Engineering Network Politics”  with a Response from Mark BN Hansen just following.
7:15ish: Reception

The Symposium is co-Sponsored by FHI, Duke Literature, ISIS, Duke Classical Studies, Duke’s PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge

Contact for questions: amanda(dot)gould@duke(dot)edu



For Duke attendees: after 5:00 on Friday and all day Saturday, your Duke card will get you into the card-access parking lots in front of the Warehouses. Please try to use these lots and save those spots directly in front of the building for non-Duke attendees.
For non-Duke attendees: there are free parking spaces directly in front of the Warehouses. If there are no open spaces, use the paid lot in front of the Warehouses and/or find one of us Duke folks to swipe you into the card-access lot.

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