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[ecrea] Digital Intimacies 4: Porousness & Permutations CFP
Mon Jun 25 17:35:16 GMT 2018
*abstracts close June 30 for Digital Intimacies 4*.
*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 year’s symposium is convened by Amy
Dobson and Tama Leaver, and is hosted by Curtin University’s 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. 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 ‘personal’ and with
‘closeness’ — as describing feelings or relationships that are most
‘inward to one’s personhood’ (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 ‘like’ economy (Gerlitz and Helmond, 2013), by drives towards the
quantification of self (Lupton, 2016), and algorithms, as well as
algorithmic ‘imaginaries’ (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 ‘genre’ (Raun, 2018).
Practices of certain kinds of intimacies via the digital are
increasingly seen as vital to ‘successful’ and economically productive
use of social media, especially for cultural intermediaries and
‘internet celebrities’ (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; Leaver, 2017).
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 – shifts and permeations of 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 ‘digital disruption’ (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 year’s 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 speakers: *
*Professor Jessica Ringrose,*University College London;
*Associate Professor Shaka McGlotten*, Purchase College, State
University of New York.
Please submit *abstracts of 250-300 words to
**(digitalintimacies /at/ gmail.com)* <mailto:(digitalintimacies /at/ gmail.com)>* by
June 30, 2018*. We will send notifications of acceptances out by the end
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 at **https://digint18.tumblr.com/cfp*
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