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[Commlist] Call for papers: Digital Intimacies 5

Mon May 27 13:04:52 GMT 2019

We'd like to invite you to submit an abstract to the fifth Digital Intimacies symposium, to be held at Monash University from 9-11 December 2019.

Our two esteemed keynote speakers will be Prof Bronwyn Carlson (whose work and keynote we have profiled on <>) and Prof Mark Andrejevic. Details on Mark's keynote will be announced shortly, but rest assured both keynotes are bound to be excellent and will address different aspects of this year's theme - *Digital Intimacies 5: Structures, Cultures, Power*.

We hope you will consider joining us. Please send us your abstracts or panel ideas, and also circulate this CFP to anyone you think may be interested.

Very best,

Emily van der Nagel (on behalf of Brady Robards, Akane Kanai, and Ben Lyall).

In its fifth year, Digital Intimacies continues to bring scholars of digital culture together across disciplines including media and communication, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and gender studies.

According to Andreassen et al (2017), digital intimacies, as a now burgeoning field of research, has grown out of two traditions. One is characterised by the work of Kenneth Plummer, characterising intimacy as part of the trajectory of late modernity, de-traditionalisation, and complexification in human relationships; the other is driven by the work of Lauren Berlant, who questions intimacy as an already public discourse, with a normative dimension attached to investments in heterosexuality, conventionality and desires for recognition. Other voices have attempted to respond to the analytical agendas of both these traditions, suggesting we need to become more safely public, breaking open conventional cloaks of ‘privacy’ and redefining the intimate as an expanded space of care (Dobson, Carah and Robards 2018; Chun 2016).

In the ‘economies of visibility’ (Banet-Weiser 2018) that permeate digital networks and beyond, what are the relationalities that an expanded ‘intimacy’ requires and instantiates? What are the transformations needed to shift from the ambient ‘intimacy’ of hyper-connected environments to practices of ‘care’? Is being intimate with others always a form of ‘being there for others’? How is the everyday connectedness of digital architectures and rhythms linked to experiences of contingency and flexibility in increasingly time-poor, precarious, and complex lives? In what instances, to butcher Foucault’s words, might ‘intimacy’ be a trap?

This year, we call for papers that consider the politics of intimacy, and the ways in which intimacy shapes and is shaped by cultures, structures, and power in differing contexts.

We welcome papers exploring topics including but not restricted to:

  * Digital intimacies and care / social reproduction
  * Unequal intimacies
  * Intimacies and power relations
  * Intimacies and listening
  * Intimacies, surveillance, and automation
  * Digital intimacies and emotional capitalism
  * Intimacies of digital political movements ranging from feminism to
    the far right
  * Digital intimacies and whiteness/Eurocentrism

We are calling for individual paper presentations of 15-20 minutes, along with pre-formulated panels of four members who each give a five minute introductory presentation, then engage each other and the audience in a discussion that finds connections between their research.

By June 6, please send 250 word abstracts for individual papers, and up to 500 word proposals for panels, to (digint19 /at/ <mailto:(digint19 /at/>. Decisions will be returned by the end of June.

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