Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth
Opening Conference Keynote (Dr Wendy Hui Kyong Chun)
Thursday Oct 20, 2016, 4:00-5:30 PM, Room HC 1400, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings
Dr. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Professor, Chair of Modern Media and Culture, Brown University
HABITUAL YOUTH: SOCIAL MEDIA’S MODEL ORGANISM
This paper examines how the category of “youth” is both expanding and contracting through network analytics. In particular, it will focus on how youth have become the “model organism” for analytics and the implications of this on notions of consent and publicity.
Bio: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), and she has co-edited many special issues of journals and collections. She is the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (forthcoming MIT 2016).
Conference Keynote (Dr Leanne Simpson)
Friday October 21, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Room HC 1400, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings
Dr. Leanne Simpson, Author, Activist, and member of the Alderville First Nation
INDIGENOUS RESURGENCE: RADICAL LOVE, CONNECTION AND ATTACHMENT
Through a series of interwoven stories, this talk explores land, bodies, governance, leadership and radical resurgence within the context of Indigenous nationhood and freedom. Holding up the contributions of children and the Two Spirit and Queer identified Indigenous peoples, this presentation reframes Indigenous resurgence to centre land and bodies and attachment and belonging as the bases of nation building.
Bio: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, educator and intellectual of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry. She is the author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and she is faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning in Denendeh/NWT. Leanne is a member of Alderville First Nation.
Conference Keynote (Dr Steven Bruhm)
Saturday October 22, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Room HC 1400, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings
Dr. Steven Bruhm, Robert and Ruth Lumsden Professor of English, Western University
THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR IMAGINARY CHILD
My previous work on the counterfeit child explored the ways in which texts approach the fantasy of the Child by presenting counterfeits who, in having their illusory status exposed, can be safely killed off. “Things to Do with your Imaginary Child” focuses on texts in which adults consciously invent children, children who engage to varying degrees with the “real” world, children who then richly test the ethical limits that their inventors elicit in other people. Drawing on clinical psychological theories of children’s imaginary playmates – and the health that psychologists ascribe to the juvenile practice of inventing imaginary children – I consider what the adult invention of an imaginary child might suggest for the “uses” of children more generally. Expect a discussion of texts such as Lorrie Moore’s Anagrams, Jenny Diski’s Like Mother, and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, where imaginary children range from the private world of maternal companionship to the structuring lever in a contest of sexual, intellectual, and generational ideologies.
Bio: Steven Bruhm is Robert and Ruth Lumsden Professor of English at Western University, and is the author of Gothic Bodies: The Politics of Pain in Romantic Fiction (U Pennsylvania P, 1994), Reflecting Narcissus: A Queer Aesthetic (U Minnesota P, 2000), and numerous articles on the gothic child, queer theory, and dance. He is co-editor with Nat Hurley of Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (U Minnesota P, 2004), and is managing editor of the scholarly journal Horror Studies. Bruhm is currently working on a book-length project titled “The Counterfeit Child,” which explores how the “fraudulent” or “simulated” child tests the limits of our cultural imaginary regarding innocence, knowledge, and embodiment.
Youngsters and the Arts: A Roundtable Featuring Vancouver-based Artists
Friday October 21, 2016, 5.30 PM-7:30 PM, Room HC 1400, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings
Chair: Hannah McGregor (Moderator), Asst. Professor of Publishing (SFU) and Co-Creator/Co-Host of Witch, Please: A Fortnightly Podcast About the Harry Potter World (http://ohwitchplease.ca/)
Rebecca Chaperon, Visual Artist and Narrative Painter (http://www.thechaperon.ca/)
Hiromi Goto, Author and Poet (http://hiromigoto.com/)
Judith Marcuse, Founder and Co-Director, International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC http://www.icasc.ca/Judith-Marcuse-Bio
Jen Sung, Communications, Outreach and Community Liaison (UBC), and Artist-Activist (http://grsj.arts.ubc.ca/persons/jen-sung/)