[Air-L] IR 13.0 keynote speaker

Radhika Gajjala cyborgwati at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 14:48:17 PDT 2012

Excellent choice!
On Jul 23, 2012 2:54 AM, "Attwood, Feona" <F.Attwood at shu.ac.uk> wrote:

> We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for IR 13.0 will be
> Liesbet van Zoonen. The title of her speech is ‘Fixating the fragmented
> self: converging cultures and technologies of identity management’.
> Liesbet van Zoonen is professor of media and communication at Loughborough
> University, UK and professor in media and popular culture at Erasmus
> University Rotterdam, Netherlands. For more than 20 years she worked at the
> University of Amsterdam and she has held positions as professor II at Oslo
> University, and as visiting professor at the University of the West Indies
> (Jamaica) and the Hochschüle für Film und Fernsehen (Germany). She is the
> editor of the European Journal of Communication. Her research covers a wide
> range of issues in the social sciences, but all concern the question
> whether and how popular culture is a relevant resource for civic
> understanding and social participation. She has applied the popular culture
> perspective to religion and analyzed the connections between political
> communication and popular culture in her book Entertaining the citizen:
> when politics and popular culture converge (2005). She is internationally
> known for her work on gender and media (Feminist Media Studies, 1994),
> which has been translated into Chinese, French, Portuguese, Serbian and
> Italian.
> Her work currently is focused on future technologies of ‘identity
> management’. The three-year IMPRINTS project is funded by the Engineering
> and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). An additional grant has
> been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security in America to
> simultaneously conduct the study in the US. IMPRINTS aims to assess how and
> why UK and US publics will engage with particular future practices,
> services and technologies of identity management, while resisting others.
> Iris and full body scans, and face or voice recognition have already become
> well-known practice, but innovations like implantable chips, odour scans,
> online ‘object’-passwords and mobile identity sharing are on the horizon.
> It is unclear whether and why members of the public will embrace these
> innovations or reject them. The project brings together experts in design,
> computer science, political science, media, psychology, sociology, and risk
> management, and findings will inform future government and security policy
> on identity management and its implementation, as well as provide resources
> for further research.
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