WHAT IS UNIVERSE? COMMUNICATION • COMPLEXITY • COHERENCE
April 19-21, 2018 * University of Oregon in Portland, USA
The _WHAT IS UNIVERSE?_  (2018) conference-experience examines
communication, complexity/simplicity, coherence/incoherence and, how
they may or may not contribute to “a pluralistic universe.” This
conference marks the third collaboration among scholars from the natural
and social sciences, communication, media, law, design, and art. We
invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, exhibits and
installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see
WHATIS.UOREGON.EDU for more details .
Participants will explore universes–from reality bubbles, immersive
virtual environments, and alternate histories, to agential realism,
media genealogy and archaeology, to bio-inspired, urban and ecological
design, to universal rights, disabilities studies, multicultural
communities, networks, and cosmologies.
PROPOSALS MAY ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS (AS WELL AS OTHERS):
* What are communication, science, media, design, and philosophy
universes today, and how are they syncretizing? How can universities and
disciplines be understood as universes?
* How are citizens increasingly being drawn into alternate, fictional,
cinematic, and comic book universes, social networks, immersive worlds,
and augmented realities?
* In an age of increasing communicative complexities and
oversimplifications, what is truth and what is reality? How do
real/virtual and analogue/digital universes overlap/separate?
* How is journalism overcoming vernaculars of real/fake news in a
“post-truth” era, while still actively seeking solutions?
* What constitute material universes in antiquity and contemporary
* How do technological and cosmological universes transform
* In this context, what is posthumanism and how are speculative futures
already integrating into (re)generative medicine, music, law, and other
* How are emerging systems, environments, architectures, the sciences
and the arts converging/diverging into societies and universes? What are
universes of values?
With the definitions of “universe” continuing to multiply, important
questions abound as we address a sweeping range of issues next April in
Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)
Send 100-150 word abstracts or installations by DECEMBER 31, 2017 to:
Janet Wasko * firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Journalism and Communication * University of Oregon * Eugene,