Conversatorio sobre Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad

Imagen promocional de CONARTE
Imagen promocional de CONARTE

Como parte de una actividad de retribución al apoyo que recibí con el programa PIDAC 2014 de CONARTE, me invitaron a participar este próximo Miércoles, en una mesa de diálogo sobre Ciencia Tecnología y Sociedad. Será en la Nave Generadores del Parque Fundidora1, y forma parte de las actividades alternas a la exposición sobre Nikola Tesla.

De entrada el tema suena bastante académico pero el grupo de participantes le pueden poner un tono interesante: la directora del Centro Multimedia del CENART, la directora del Laboratorio Arte Alameda, la actual directora del MUCA Roma de la UNAM, El Coordinador de la especialidad de “Ciencia, tecnología y sociedad” del Doctorado en Estudios Humanísticos del Tec y por azares del destino un servidor.

Para quien se pregunte de que va el tema del llamado conversatorio sobre ciencia, tecnología y sociedad (CTS para los académicos), habría que contextualizar que hay quien opina2 que la investigación en temas de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad en Latinoamérica no han llegado a consolidarse por diversas razones pero entre las más importantes están:

  • El desarrollo tardío de la industrialización, por lo cual no existe suficiente trabajo empírico que sustenten las investigaciones.
  • Que no hay consolidación académica de esta línea de investigación.
  • Y que los métodos empleados en la investigación de CTS a este momento, son de corte eurocéntrico y no local.

Yo en lo personal agregaría otras complicaciones para este tipo de investigaciones como: los temas políticos, la falta de presupuestos para los centros de investigación relacionados con estos temas y las cuestiones éticas. Pero ahora imaginemos ese escenario relacionado con la cultura y las artes y allí es en donde creo que se centrará la plática. No soy yo quien detonará las preguntas de la conversación porque quien modera es el Dr. Javier Serrano, pero si alguien se anima a ir, espero que este comentario les sirva de introducción al tema.

Paper reading & Exhibition – NDiA @ UT-Austin

I sent a proposal for the “New Directions in Anthropology” graduated student conference at The University of Texas at Austin; I’m grateful with them, I’ll have a paper reading on Friday March 27th and I’ll be presenting artwork at Studium Gallery on Saturday 28th. As I understand, panels and exhibition are open to the public, please feel free to join.

The paper talks about audiovisual post-production as a form o re-mediation and method in Visual Anthropology Research. The reading is included in Panel 1 : Visuality / Vibrations (Liberal Arts Building / 1.302B) 10am – 12pm. In the same panel you can hear the readings of Christine Capetola, Julie Kantor, Gwedolyn S. Kirk and Brendan Gaughen. The Discussants for this panel will be Craig Campbell and Randolph Lewis.

Studium Gallery
Image by Studium Gallery. East Austin

And saturday evening I’ll be part of the Creative Showcase @ Studium Gallery (908 E 5th St #106, Austin, TX 78702 a few doors down from Brew & Brew.). The artwork is a loop video-projection named “Mediated Phenomenon“.

I’ll be glad to see and share ideas with all you who can assist to any or both events.

The NDiA conference

The New Directions in Anthropology Conference us a graduate student conference, annually organized by the Department of Anthropology the UT-Austin since 2008. with the idea of exchange thoughts between peers and to contribute to the professionalization of graduate students as scholars. This year the conference dates are March 27-28 at UT-Austin and has Martin F.  Manalansan IV as Keynote Speaker (4:40 pm – 5:50 pm / CLA 1.302B); He is  Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.

As plenary speakers you’ll have the opportunity of listen Mary Jo Galindo (10:30 – 11:10 am / SAC 5.118), principal investigator with Atkins Global, City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner, and President of the Texas Archeological Society; as well as Jason Pine (2:00 – 2:40 pm / SAC 5.118), Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Media, Society, and the Arts at SUNY Purchase.

More info about the complete schedule in the conference page.

Exhibition

The Creative Showcase is the conference’s moment to present film, interactive, installation, performance and readings related with anthropology research and methods. In this occasion the exhibition will present thirteen works in the boundaries of contemporary arts and anthropology. More details o each work, in the conference page.

Fellow @ UT Austin

Intermedia Workshop Blog @ UT Austin

I’m as a Fellow at UT Austin by a partnership of LILLAS & BENSON-Collection and the Intermedia Workshop of the the Department of Anthropology. I am just starting but it has been a wonderful experience; there are a lot of brilliant, talented and nice people here. Even though it hasn’t been long, talking with people in informal meetings I’ve founded great ideas and resources; and I’m looking forward to be helpful for them.

— Special Thanks to: Zhandra Andrade (Visitor Programs Coordinator at The University of Texas at Austin) and PhD. Craig Campbell (director of the Intermedia Workshop – a laboratory of visual and sensory ethnography.)