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[ecrea] CFP 'Communities in the Digital Age'

Fri Feb 01 18:42:55 GMT 2013


12th June 2013, North Holmes Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK

Digital technologies are often seen to have the power to enhance the lives of and strengthen communities as well as support participation in public life. New tools, such as social media, could enhance inclusive engagement leading to stronger, broader and more diverse engagement through discussions and exchange on public issues or cultural practices. The use of digital tools could also led to more active communities through empowering people to become active citizens or contributors to the cultural and social lives of their communities.

However, academic research and professional accounts paint a mix picture about how digital transformations are shaping the lives of communities, which this one day symposium’s theme seeks to explore. The scale and significance of the understanding of communities in the digital age is still contested, evidences are often sporadic, case studies are still often isolated. Fundamental questions are still abound: have the lives of communities really changed because of digital transformations? Are communities more active because of the opportunities offered by digital tools? Have community engagement and participation improved because of digital transformation? What cultural and media practices of communities affected by digital transformation? Who are leading on increasing the use of digital tools in communities?

We seek contributions which explores the theme of digital transformations and communities. Topics may include, but not limited to:

·         Community engagement

·         Lives of communities

·         Cultural practices

·         Community cohesion

·         Digital inclusion and exclusion

·         Local communication and local media

·         Third or public sector organisations and their communities

·         Culture and creative industries

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th March, 2013. Please send 250 word abstracts to Agnes Gulyas ((agnes.gulyas /at/

It is planned that the best papers will be published in a book.

The event organized by the Department of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Àgnes Gulyàs
Principal Lecturer
Department of Media, Art and Design
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road

United Kingdom
Email: (agnes.gulyas /at/
Tel: 01227-782907

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