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Spring Conference Appearances

posted Mar 15, 2015, 12:21 PM by Mack Hagood
I'll be presenting my work at a couple of conferences this spring. At the Society of Cinema and Media Studies meeting in Montreal, I will be on a panel titled Studying Media Through Disability, chaired by Liz Ellcessor and including Lori Lopez and Krystal Cleary. We will be presenting work from an upcoming volume, Media Disability Studies, edited by Liz Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick. In my talk, "Disability and Biomediation," I'll draw on my ethnographic research on tinnitus ("ringing in the ears") to forward a framework for the study of biomediation--that is, the many ways that technologies mediate lived experiences of ability and disability. (Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00-10:45, Session K2)

I'll also be at the International Communication Association conference in Puerto Rico, where Travis Vogan and I will present our paper "The 12th Man: Fan Noise in the Contemporary National Football League." Using Seattle’s 12th Man and the discourses surrounding it, we consider the relationship between sound, space, and fandom in the contemporary National Football League, and the broader context of sport.  By considering the 12th Man’s sonic relations to fandom, space, games, and television, we demonstrate how the league has shifted from regulating fan noise as an unwelcome interruption to cultivating it as a communicative resource that adds value to games, both in stadia and on TV. The panel is called Communities of Sound: Affect and Aesthetics in the Sonic Domain. (Mon, May 25, 10:30 to 11:45, Caribe Hilton, Conference Room 7)