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[ecrea] cfp - Digital Intimacies 4: Porousness & Permutations
Sun Apr 08 15:35:44 GMT 2018
Digital Intimacies 4: Porousness & Permutations
December 5, 6 & 7, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Digital Intimacies is now in its fourth year and continues to bring
scholars of digital culture together from across Australia and beyond,
across disciplines including media and communication, cultural studies,
sociology, and gender studies. This yearâs symposium is convened by
Amy Dobson and Tama Leaver, and is hosted by Curtin Universityâs
Centre for Culture and Technology and the discipline of Internet Studies
in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry.
As social media open up intimate lives and practices to public and
semi-public gazes, we are in the midst of important cultural
contestations over the meaning of intimacy.Â How intimacy plays out in,
and in relation to, the digital has become a prominent concern in
scholarship of digital cultures, as well as in broader public debate.
Intimacy is generally understood as to do with the âpersonalâ and
with âclosenessâ â as describing feelings or relationships that
are most âinward to oneâs personhoodâ (McGlotten, 2013). But, as
much queer and social theory tells us, intimacy is also socially and
culturally constructed and sanctioned, defined by institutions, laws,
and social and cultural norms and practices. Norms around various kinds
of intimacies and intimate practices involving media increasingly play
out online, and via social media platforms. Digital platforms are
structured by a âlikeâ economy (Gerlitz and Helmond, 2013), by
drives towards the quantification of self (Lupton, 2016), and
algorithms, as well as algorithmic âimaginariesâ (Bucher, 2018;
Carah and Angus 2018). Digital intimacy has been described in this
context as a new kind of social capital (Lambert, 2016), as well as new
media âgenreâ (Raun, 2018). Practices of certain kinds of intimacies
via the digital are increasingly seen as vital to âsuccessfulâ and
economically productive use of social media, especially for cultural
intermediaries and âinternet celebritiesâ (Abidin, 2018).
Simultaneously, many forms of intimacy and communication are being
encoded, aggregated, analysed and commercialized as forms of big data,
provoking difficult and unsettling questions about new forms of
surveillance, influence, and control, as well as distinct lack of
transparency around new practices and forms of governance, made publicly
visible around recent Cambridge Analytica scandals (Andrejevic, 2013;
We are calling for paper abstracts on the themes of digital media,
digital cultures, and intimacy, with particular interest in porousness
and permutations of every kind; that is, papers that map the flow
between boundaries â shifts and permeations ofÂ practice and
understanding towards new forms, new configurations, and the unsettling
existing norms in unexpected and as yet unnamed ways.
Within these broadly understood boundaries of digital culture(s) and
digital intimacies we invite particular exploration of:
* how existing structures, boundaries and norms of intimacy are
constituted, reconstituted and made porous in terms of identities,
practices and platforms;
* how practices of intimacy via the digital can be challenged, changed
and new permutations emerge in terms of the social, cultural, and political;
* how âdigital disruptionâ (of various sorts) shapes, configures,
constitutes and impacts intimacy of every kind.
The single stream symposium will formally run for two days, December 5
and 6. Following the successful implementation at last yearâs
symposium, an optional third day for more focused workshopping, writing,
and project planning, driven by the intersections made visible during
the two conference days, will be available of December 7th for those who
wish to participate.
Keynote speaker: Professor Jessica Ringrose from University College
London; further keynote speaker to be announced soon.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words (todigitalintimacies /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(digitalintimacies /at/ gmail.com)>by June 30, 2018. We will send
notifications of acceptances out by the end of July.
We are hoping to make this a low-cost event, especially for students,
but there will be a small registration fee to cover costs.
Details athttps://digint18.tumblr.com/cfp <https://digint18.tumblr.com/cfp>
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