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[ecrea] CFP: Understanding the Social in a Digital Age
Tue Jul 10 14:31:40 GMT 2018
We are really pleased to announce this one day conference at UEA on
January 8th 2019 (before MeCCSA). We hope this will be a stimulating
event, challenging current ideas and uses of 'the social'. Please
consider contributing (abstract submissions due on Aug 28th) or coming
along just for the day. Early career and established scholars welcome!
CFP: Understanding the social in a digital age: An interdisciplinary
conference on media, technology, and the social
The pervasiveness of social media has led to both the rise and erasure
of ‘the social’. The social is increasingly evasive, at once found
everywhere and nowhere. Social media are widely lauded for connecting
people and enabling richer, more dynamic socialities yet many critique
these processes as emptying out social connection in favour of data
accumulation, self-promotion, and platform capitalism. Similarly, these
new ways of experiencing, augmenting, and understanding the social are
rife with their own socio-cultural and socio-economic biases, born out
through designers and users, meaning not every user experiences these
spaces and relates to these technologies in the same manner. It becomes
apparent that ‘the social’ presumes a singular experience, when
realities are far more diverse.
Current research on social media draws in an interdisciplinary manner
from a wide range of thinking on what the social means, and is
increasingly challenging extant theories and conceptions of the social.
This poses a number of questions for how we consider, define, and
explore the social, and crucially what our responsibilities are as
researchers and educators. This also poses a number of opportunities to
work across disciplinary boundaries to explore and reframe our
understandings of media, technology, and the social.
Keynotes will be given by Professor Nick Couldry, London School of
Economics and Professor Gina Neff, Oxford Internet Institute.
This event aims to critically examine not only the meanings of the
social in contemporary digital practices across cultures, but also
challenges underlying epistemologies of the social in research and
popular cultures. Papers may approach the topic from theoretical,
conceptual, and/or empirical positions.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
•Challenges of and negotiations around agency and structure
•The relationship between technology, self, and society
•Educational challenges and responsibilities in the digital age
•Changing socialities in the face of platform capitalism, the sharing
economy, the gig economy, the rise of mediation, & networked selves
•The embedding and disembedding of socio-cultural resources online
•Resistance and transgression on, in, with, and through technology
•The role of designers, users, researchers and the public in the
framing, conceptualisation, and representation of ‘the social’ online
•Extant and emerging social structures in the digital age
•Boundaries between online and offline social practices
•Affordances and mediation of social practices
•Alternative media and sub-altern communities
•Technological mediation of public / private
•Digital citizenships and the politics of belonging
•Emerging technologies and digital futures
This list is merely suggestive of the range of topics of interest to the
organisers and is not in any way restrictive of possible interpretations
of the theme.We encourage contributors to be imaginative in formulating
ideas and paper proposals.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio of 100 words should
be submitted via email by 28th August 2018.
You will receive notification of the outcome of your submission by
September 30. Submissions from early career researchers are highly
encouraged. Final papers should be no longer than 8,000 words / 20
minutes. All those who submit final papers by January 7th will also be
invited to submit to a special edition of an international peer-reviewed
The event is free to attend and present, and will be hosted at the
School of Education and Lifelong Learning and the University of East
Anglia, Norwich, UK, on the 8th January 2019.
Abstract submission: August 28th 2018
Notification of outcomes: September 30th 2018
Draft papers due: January 7th 2019
Conference: January 8th 2019, at UEA
Dr Zoetanya Sujon (University of Arts London)
Dr Harry Dyer (University of East Anglia)
Enquiries and abstract submission: (UnderstandingTheSocial /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(UnderstandingTheSocial /at/ gmail.com)>
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