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[ecrea] Call for Papers: Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism. Critical Perspectives on Media, Culture and Society
Mon Feb 15 23:11:00 GMT 2016
Call for Papers
Rethinking Power in Communicative Capitalism. Critical Perspectives on
Media, Culture and Society
ESA RN18 Mid-Term Conference 2016
Venue: ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Date: September 8-10, 2016
Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY, USA): Communicative
capitalism and class struggle
Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster, UK): Karl Marx and
Abstract submission deadline: May, 15, 2016
Notification of selected abstracts: June, 10, 2016
Conference dates: September 8-10, 2016
Please send your 250-400 words abstract to Romina Surugiu (University of
Bucharest) (romina.surugiu /at/ fjsc.ro), Roy Panagiotopoulou (University of
Athens) (rpanag /at/ media.uoa.gr), and Marisol Sandoval (City University
London) (marisol.sandoval.1 /at/ city.ac.uk)
Call for Papers:
The proliferation of digital media in the 21st century has once again
shown the deeply ambivalent and contradictory potentials of
Digital technologies have been celebrated for enabling new levels of
democratic communication, participatory media production, community
building and media activism. From Wikipedia, to open source programming,
open access publishing, and peer-to-peer file sharing, we have witnessed
the rise of a range of alternative forms of communication and media
production that seemed to challenge established media business models
and momentarily contested corporate power.
However, far from decreasing the dominance of corporate media, the
expansion of digital culture, the Internet and social media further
strengthened the power of multinational corporations over media culture
and human communication. Despite the rhetoric of ‘social’ media,
sharing, community and collaboration, the majority of the digital media
sphere remains privately owned and controlled. In this corporate media
system, multinational corporations maintain almost exclusive control
over large parts of the media and communication technology,
infrastructure and content.
Power in communicative capitalism is uneven and corporate control
confronts us with a range of problems such as the systematic
surveillance of Internet users, an increasingly commercialised online
environment, devastating environmental impacts of the production and
usage of media technologies and the global exploitation of digital
labour. (Digital) media technologies are deeply entangled with the
on-going economic, social, environmental and political crises.
Mobilising the empowering qualities of digital technologies and their
potential to contribute to progressive social change requires an
effective critique of corporate dominance, challenging power
inequalities and strengthening radical alternatives.
This conference invites contributions that offer a critical analysis of
corporate media culture and alternatives to it and thus contribute to
rethinking power in communicative capitalism.
Questions that can be addressed include, but are not limited to the
- Theorizing communicative capitalism
How does power work in communicative capitalism, how can it be theorised
- Ideology in communicative capitalism
What are the main forms of ideology in communicative capitalism and how
do they operate in the media? Which forms and approaches of ideology
critique do we need to understand them? How are contemporary right-wing
extremist, far-right populist, fascist, neoliberal, patriarchal, racist,
anti-socialist, pro-capitalist and religious ideologies expressed on the
Internet and social media and what are the ways of expressing their
petitions for challenging them?
- The environmental impact of communicative capitalism
What are the environmental impacts of the production of media and
communication technologies along global supply chains? What are the
environmental impacts of media usage and ‘cloud computing’? What are key
drivers of negative environmental impacts and how can they be confronted?
- Labour in communicative capitalism
How does exploitation and alienation work in communicative capitalism?
What is the relation between various forms of digital labour? How do
working conditions look like in the global production of media and
communication technologies? What are the limits and potentials of a
global solidary labour movement in communicative capitalism? How can we
best think of the relation between work and communication, labour and
profit, the economy and culture? How do we have to rethink or even
revise the concepts of the “base” and the “superstructure”?
- Marxism and communicative capitalism
What is the role, importance and legacy of Karl Marx’s works and Marxist
theory in the age of communicative capitalism?
- Gender and sexuality in communicative capitalism
What is the role of and relationship of identity politics and
anti-capitalism for feminist media sociology today?
- Global perspectives on communicative capitalism
What global power inequalities and asymmetries shape communicative
- Communicative capitalism and the public sphere
How can we best theorise and understand potentials and limits for the
mediated public sphere in communicative capitalism?
- Media and communicative capitalism
How have the media changed in recent years? Are there scopes beyond the
capitalist media? How can we best use critical/Marxist political economy
and other critical approaches for understanding the media today? What is
the role of media and communication technologies in the acceleration and
globalization of the capitalist economy? What are the conditions of
working in the media, cultural and communication industries in the
contemporary times? Who owns the media and ICTs? What are specific
characteristics of knowledge and the media as property?
- Resisting communicative capitalism
What are strategies for left politics to effectively resist and
challenge communicative capitalism? What is the role of media activisms
today? And the relation between the street activism and the media
activism (“Tweets and the streets”…)? And how the unions and other kind
of non-governmental associations use the media? How their uses differ
from the uses made by the newly social movements? Which are the
opportunities and the limits of media activisms?
- Alternatives to communicative capitalism
What are the problems and post-capitalist potentials of alternative
projects such as cultural and media co-operatives, left-wing and radical
media projects, alternative social media, alternative online platforms,
alternative media, community media projects, commons-based media, peer
production projects, etc.?
- Communicative capitalism and the common
What are the potentials or the common to challenge and offer an
alternative to communicative capitalism? How can the threat of
co-optation be resisted?
- Communicative capitalism and state power
How does the relationship of media, communication and state power
influence the various forms of regulation, control, repression, violence
Submission deadline for abstracts: May, 15, 2016.
An abstract should be sent to:
Dr. Romina Surugiu (University of Bucharest) (romina.surugiu /at/ fjsc.ro),
Dr. Roy Panagiotopoulou (University of Athens) (rpanag /at/ media.uoa.gr),
and Dr. Marisol Sandoval (City University London)
(marisol.sandoval.1 /at/ city.ac.uk)
Abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachment (250-400 words abstract,
title, author name(s), email address, institutional affiliations).
Please insert the words “ESARN18 submission” in the subject.
80 Euro for ESA RN18 members / 100 Euros for non ESA RN18 members
(conference dinner included)
60 Euro for ESA RN18 members / 80 Euros for non ESA RN18 members
(without conference dinner)
25 Euro for students (Bachelor and Master) (without conference dinner) /
45 Euros (conference dinner included)
The registration details, including the registration form, will be
available on the DINÂMIA’CET-IUL website
(http://dinamiacet.iscte-iul.pt/) on June 1, 2016.
You can become a member of ESA RN18 by joining the ESA and subscribing
to the network. The network needs material support, so we encourage you
to join or renew your membership. The network subscription fee is only
Participation support for 4 PhD students and/or independent researchers
will be available. This will not cover all costs, but part of them
(accommodation and full conference fee). Preference will be given to
presentations that suit the overall conference topic.
If you want to apply for participation support, please indicate this in
your abstract submission by adding the sentence “I want to apply for
participation support for PhD students / independent researchers”. The
notifications about participation support will be sent out together with
the notifications of acceptance or rejection of presentations.
Additional information to prove your condition as PhD student or
independent researcher will be requested.
The conference will be hosted by ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon
ISCTE-IUL is located at Av das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal
The organisation will be carried on by DINÂMIA’CET-IUL
http://dinamiacet.iscte-iul.pt/ The local organising committee is led by
Paulo Marques Alves, Assistant Professor at ISCTE-IUL and researcher at
The RN18 organising committee is led by Dr. Romina Surugiu, University
of Bucharest and Dr. Marisol Sandoval, City University London.
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