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Submissions for Supply & Command: Encoding Logistics, Labor, and the Mediation of Making

Supply and Command is a two day conference hosted by New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, April 19th-20th, 2018, featuring a keynote address from Deborah Cowen and Carolina Bank Muñoz. Scholars, writers, artists, and activists are invited to submit talks organized around the logic of the supply chain from the perspective of communication and media studies, media history, and media anthropology. Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Media of logistical management, from historic supply chains like those for the transatlantic slave trade to contemporary ones for the production of cell phones, software, and the machinery of modern media.
  • Translation or adaptation of these forms from one medium to another, such as the digitization of paper systems of organization for computerized software services.
  • Accounts of how logistical media forms shape the labor process and daily life in the global supply chain, including issues of human rights and social justice.
  • Demystification and disruption of the logics of the supply chain and of supply chain management through ethnographic or artistic representations and interventions.
  • Representations of supply chains and logistical practice in literature, film, and television.
  • Software of supply chain management and coordination, historic and contemporary.
  • Digital supply chains and the logistical algorithms behind software and services.
  • Critical accounts of the technologies of worker surveillance, the securitization of global trade, and automation across the supply chain.
  • Stories of non-human actors and the mediation of environmental and ecological impact.
  • Metaphors that productively apply the ideas of the supply chain and logistical practice.
  • Media of alternative, insurgent, and queer logistical structures and systems.

Interested participants should submit a brief abstract no later than December 1st, 2017.

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