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[Commlist] cfp: Emerging technologies, social media and the politics of the algorithm

Thu Apr 25 07:41:41 GMT 2019

Call for Papers
Emerging technologies, social media and the politics of the algorithm
Conference at Technological University Dublin, Ireland
18-19 October 2019

The Centre for Critical Media Literacy (CCML) at TU Dublin is seeking proposals for papers and panels at its third annual interdisciplinary conference.

The politics of the algorithm, or what Zeynep Tufekci calls ‘computational politics’, happen in the real world, amid struggles for inclusion and justice; and ‘technopoly’ (Siva Vaidhyanathan’s term) is a vital matter for anyone seeking to address political and economy power. What are the implications of technological change for the people who use systems for communication and social media? What do these complex systems of computation mean, in particular, for those who have been using social media to organise networks and disseminate information?

We encourage researchers to look beyond various symptoms of the social/computational crisis to address its deeper causes. As Vaidhyanathan quips, there are just two things wrong with social media, ‘how it works and how people use it’. We seek challenging, unpatronising and non-reductive explorations of both these ‘hows’.

Proposals are welcome from various disciplines, in areas including but not limited to computation for social, gaming and information networks; participation and engagement; and pedagogy in and beyond digital media and information literacy. The conference will employ and encourage universal design, for maximum participation from communities often excluded from academic events.

Abstracts and panel proposals of no more than 250 words in length should be sent to (harry.browne /at/ <mailto:(harry.browne /at/> by June 20th, 2019.

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