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Spring Conference

Each spring, the American Studies Program sponsors a conference held in conjunction with the American Studies graduate workshop. In coordination with sponsoring faculty, graduate students help to design and organize the conference. Graduate students are also invited to be full participants in the conference.

2011 Conference

American Cultures in a Digital Age

Friday, March 18, 2011

The 2011 American Studies Spring Conference will focus on the ways in which the representational challenges and possibilities of digital technologies have altered our experiences and understandings of American cultures. Visiting speakers, all of whom work in an interdisciplinary vein, will address how digital technologies have transformed public understandings of and practices within American political, academic, medical, and literary cultures.

All events will be held at the Vanderbilt Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy (1801 Edgehill Avenue)

Conference Schedule:

8:00-9:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.: Session I
Ted Striphas, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
(Introduced by Associate Dean John M. Sloop, College and Arts and Science, Vanderbilt)
"Algorithmic Culture: Information and Crowds on and Beyond"

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Session II
Kelly Joyce, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of William and Mary and Program Director for the Science, Technology, and Society Program, National Science Foundation
(Introduced by Jill Fisher, Assistant Professor, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society, Vanderbilt)
"A Sacred Technology? Connecting Cultural Stories about MRI to Medical Practice"

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 p.m.: Session III
Cara Finnegan, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois
(Introduced by Catherine Molineux, Assistant Professor, History Department, Vanderbilt)
"The Flickr President: The Visual Politics of the Obama White House"

3:00-3:15 p.m.: Afternoon Break

3:15-4:45 p.m.: Session IV
Eszter Hargittai, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
(Introduced by Stephen Tepper, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Associate Director of the Curb Center, Vanderbilt)
"Whose Voices, Whose Space? Patterns of Participation in the Digital Public Sphere"

4:45-6:00 p.m.: Wine and Cheese Reception

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