Temple University Page: Electronics Faire – Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio
The Digital Scholars Studio at the Charles Library invites submissions for paper presentations and workshops for Electronics Faire, a daylong symposium and festival event at Temple University.
Electronics are complex technical objects. They have militaristic and colonial origins, are made out of materials invasively extracted by western corporations on indigenous lands, have short use cycles and decay on a slow geological scale. Circuit boards are embedded with sexist and racist logics, and forma training in understanding, producing, and repairing them continues to operate under exclusionary principles. Despite– or maybe in spite of this history, manifold traditions of marginalized communities using electronics as a form of social relating, intimacy, and resistance continue to flourish.
Electronics Faire is a multi-layered celebration and demonstration of this flourishing. The event will feature a sit, tinker, and walk-through fair led by local organizations in Philadelphia who are doing radical work with electronics, a series of paper presentations from scholars, artists, and practitioners working with electronics, and an afternoon of workshops for hands-on learning and experimentation with electronics.
Paper presentations should examine an electronic object, artwork, practice/community/scene, infrastructure, protocol, interface, manufacturing process, network, material origin, or circulation within a humanities, design, and/or fine arts lens. Papers with interdisciplinary methodologies are especially encouraged. Paper presentations should either examine a community and/or personal practice that is working radically with electronics or offer an alternative methodology / in some way demonstrate a
radical approach or analysis of electronics in tandem with (or in spite of) the tenuous origins and practices that come with electronics at any level.
Possible Concentrations: e waste, lofi electronics, indigenous electronic practices, analog signal processing, electronics within digital humanities, radio, queerness and electronics, handmade electronic music, open source electronics, electronics within the Black radical tradition, pcb manufacturing, live performance and electronics, psychoanalytic transference and intimacy within electronic practices, glitches, analog to digital conversion, worldbuilding with electronics, electronics in digital humanities, critical making, low tech, sensors, media archeology, planned obsolescence, maintenance and repair.
This is a fully in-person event taking place on April 26th, 2024 at Temple University’s Charles Library in Philadelphia, PA. Workshop instructors and paper presentations will be in person. Workshop Instructors will be compensated a $300 honorarium per workshop, not per practitioner. Each workshop will be granted a budget of up to $200 for materials. To preserve the intimacy and spirit of the event, workshops will be capped at 15 participants each.
Deadline: 26 January 2024 11:59 PM
Paper Presentation Submission: Abstract of 400-800 words
Workshop Submission: Workshop Description of 200-400 words + accompanying media (photo, video, audio) demonstrating what will be done in the workshop or past iterations of the workshop + Technical Requirements and Bill of Materials draft.
Proposals should be submitted online via form.