All panels and plenary sessions free and opend to the public.
Free advance registration requested, but not required.
Events held at the McCune Conference Room (Room 6020) Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) in the HSSB Building.

Friday, May 7, 2004

8:30-9:00 Coffee and hospitality
9:00-9:15 Welcome: Chancellor Henry T. Yang

Plenary Session: Engaging the AfroGEEK Problematic
Moderator: Anna Everett, Director, Center for Black Studies, UCSB
Floyd Webb, e22.digital
Anita Brown, blackgeeks Online
Charles Harper, Sierra Monolithics


Infostructures: Connectivity and Diaspora
Moderator: Charnice Burns, student, psychology, UCSB
Abdul Alkalimat, "Social Cyberpower in the Everyday Life of an African American Community: A Report on Action-Research in Toledo, Ohio"
Jorge Coelho, "Global Africa: Mastering th Upcoming Technology Complexity at a Minimum Cost"
Tony Moore, "A Critical Examination of African Tele-centers: A Case Study of UgaBYTES, Inc., and the Nakaseke Multipurpose Community Tele-center"
Elisa Joy White, "No Strings Attached: IT and the African Diaspora of Dublin, Ireland"

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

Imaging the Black Body in Cyberspace*
Moderator: Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Asian American Studies, UCSB
Lisa Marie Rollins, "Imagined Worlds, Imagined Life: Black Subjectivity in Science Fiction and Anime"
Nadine Wanono, "Invisible Africa or Invisibility in Africa in the Era of Information Technology"
Michele White, "Black Is, Black Paint: Erotic Black Avatars and the Erasure of AfroGeeks in the Virtual Places Graphical Communication Setting"
Mireille Miller-Young, "Members Only: Black Female Porn Stars Creating Space on the Internet"

*Some material may be of a sexual nature and unsuitable for all audiences.


Vectors of Race and the Digital Arts
Moderator: Cristina Venegas, Film Studies, UCSB
Kara Keeling, "Bamboozling Cinema: Bamboozled's Digital Critique of Cinematic Representation"
Guisela LaTorre, "Postcolonial Critique or Desire? The Digital Media Work of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Keith Piper"
Anna Beatrice Scott, "Welcome to GrooveLand: Black Blogs, Micro-communities, and the Performance Artist"

Kimberly Steger, "Digi-pendent"

Discussant: William Jones, Visiting Researcher, UCSB

4:45-5:00 Coffee and refreshments
5:00-6:30 Plenary Session: Engaging the AfroGEEK Identity Problematic 2.0: What is an AfroGEEK anyway?
Moderator: Christopher McAuley, Department of Black Studies, UCSB
Carroll Parrott Blue, Filmmaker, Professor, San Diego State University
Kalamu ya Salaam, Poet, Founder E-Drum
6:30-10:30 Reception & Dinner Party, UCSB Faculty Club

Saturday, May 8, 2004

8:30-9:00 Coffee and hospitality
9:00-9:15 Welcome: Charles Wolfe, Associate Dean, UCSB College of Letters & Sciences

Borderless Communities 1.0
Moderator: Sylvia Curtis, Library, UCSB
Fenobia I. Dallas, "Hanging on to My Commodore 64 as I Stream Across the Technological Border: Reaching and Teaching Others"
R. Michelle Green, "Race in the CHATroom: Using Cutural Historical Activity Theory to Understand the Life Experiences of Digitally-Fluent African-Americans"
Walter Hough, "E-Commerce, Hip-Hop and Global Digital Youth Culture"

10:45-12:00 Building a Better Geek: Mentors and Teachers
Moderator: Gerardo Aldana, Chicana/o Studies, UCSB
JeffreyForbes/Juan Gilbert, "Building the Future Black Faculty Pipeline"
Sheryl Mebane, "Enhancing Acheivement in Chemistry form African American Students through Innovations in Pedagogy Aligned with Supporting Assessment and Curriculum and Integrated under an Alternative Research Paradigm"
Billie Walker, "African Americans Succeed in Library Schools' Undergraduate Information Studies"
12:00-12:45 Lunch Break

Borderless Communities 2.0
Moderator: Sojourner Rolle, Community Outreach Coordinator, Center for Black Studies, UCSB
Art McGee,
"We Charge Technocide: Pan-Africanism and the Global Struggle for Communication Rights"
Paul Adams, "The Wireless Internet and the African-American Community in East St. Louis"

Eric Pierson, "Digital Rewriting: Enduring Questions from Cable to Wireless Technologies"


Sim[s]ulation of Life: Raceing Video Games
Moderator: Tim Cooley, Music, UCSB
Raiford Guins, "Disidentifying Space Invaders: Black Technocultural Production and the Ephemerality of Presence"
TreaAndrea Russworm, "The Skin I'm In: Race, Narrative, Composition, and The Sims"
S. Craig Watkins, "Playing with Blackness: Making Sense of Race in the Art and Science of Video Game Design"

Discussant: Anna Everett, Film Studies, Director, Center for Black Studies

4:00-4:30 Coffee and Refreshments
4:30-6:00 Plenary Session: Engaging the AfroGEEK Identity Problematic 3.0
Moderator: Dick Hebdige. Film Studies, Art Studio and Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB
Greg Tate, Village Voice
Renée Green, Art Studio, UCSB
James Fugate, EsoWan Books

Closing Remarks:
—Arthur Jafa, cinematographer, critic, visual artist
—Claudine Michel, Department of Black Studies, UCSB