Biocode: Performing Transgression after New Media

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

Please join us for this cross-disciplinary, three-day conference. 

Faculty and graduate students from the School of Arts & Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication will host “Biocode: Performing Transgression After New Media,” an international conference featuring key scholars, designers, and artists whose work is paving the way for us to better conceptualize the potentials and ramifications of digital media. An increasing number of disciplines, across Penn and around the world, are turning to the study of media to understand major shifts in things like health care, governance, community, identity, and textuality. The conference will provide a venue for a deeply interdisciplinary conversation about the role of transgression—conceived as the rupture of social or cultural protocols—in our quickly changing digital landscape.

Biocode will explore possibilities of digital transgression across multiple fields of inquiry, including gender and sexuality studies, race studies, disability studies, and transnational and border studies. While these areas of scholarship often become isolated from one another, in the humanities and social sciences alike, we understand them to be equally concerned with what Michel Foucault called “biopolitics,” broadly defined as social and political power over life. The rise of digital media in the academy has sparked a proliferation of scholarship dedicated to exploring relations between the fields named above. 


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Biocode is supported by the Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program; Department of English; Annenberg School for Communication; LGBT Center; Graduate and Professional Student Association Synergy Fund; Scholars Program in Culture and Communication; History of Art Department; Penn Humanities Forum; Media Activism Research Collective; Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication; Institute of Contemporary Art; Center for Global Communication Studies; Cinema Studies Program; Annenberg Graduate Council; Department of History and Sociology of Science; Policial Science Department; Department of Africana Studies; Latitudes Reading Group; and Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

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