Conference examines knowledge in global media age

SUNY Oswego will host a conference on “Interdisciplinarity: Cultures of Knowledge in a Global Media Age” Oct. 22 to 24 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

The conference will focus on five subjects where contemporary knowledge overflows the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Five panels will explore the questions that this “interdisciplinarity” raises in their respective subjects.

Timothy Murray of Cornell University will deliver the keynote address at the dinner Friday evening. He is a professor of English and comparative literature as well as director of the graduate program in film and video at Cornell. His books include “Drama Trauma: Specters of Race and Sexuality in Performance, Video, Art.”

Saturday will include four panels. The featured speakers will be Timothy Luke of Virginia Polytechnic and State University on “What Is Information?”, Bennet Schaber of SUNY Oswego on “The Question of Language,” Charles Shepherdson of SUNY Albany on “Engineering Sex” and Michael Finnegan of Kansas State University on “The Forensic Turn.”

Sunday’s panel will feature a video, “After 911,” directed by James Der Derian of Brown University’s Information Technology, War and Peace Project.

The commentators on the various panels will come from the SUNY campuses at Binghamton, Buffalo and Oswego as well as Cornell and West Virginia universities.

A grant through SUNY’s Conversations in the Disciplines program supports the conference. The grant came to Oswego through the college’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center, directed by Stephen J. Rosow.

“The conference is open to everyone, and we especially hope to attract faculty and students from Oswego and surrounding SUNY schools,” Rosow said.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 19. Thanks to the College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Oswego students and faculty may register free. Otherwise, the fee, which covers all sessions and five meals, is $95 for people unaffiliated with SUNY, $75 for other SUNY faculty and staff, and $15 for other SUNY students.

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(Posted: Oct 14, 2004)