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[Commlist] Call for papers ECREA pre-conference Advancing Digital Disconnection Research
Sat Feb 29 09:44:19 GMT 2020
Advancing Digital Disconnection Research
Date of pre-conference: 2 October 2020
Call deadline: 2 April 2020
Link to pre-conference website and full call for abstracts:
Over the past years, digital disconnection has attracted interest across
media and communication studies. “Digital disconnection” as well as
related concepts (non-use, abstention, avoidance and detox) are
discussed in a growing number of publications. However, questions are
also raised about what disconnection really means and how we can study
it, about paradoxes and inherent dilemmas that affect research on
disconnection as well as the phenomenon itself. The time has come to
critically consider the contributions, challenges and promises of
digital disconnection research. This preconference invites papers on
digital disconnection as a concept and area of research, and engages
participants in a dialogue concerning contradictions and dilemmas, as
well as future possibilities and agendas.
Trine Syvertsen, University of Oslo ((trine.syvertsen /at/ media.uio.no)
<mailto:(trine.syvertsen /at/ media.uio.no)>)
BritaYtre-Arne, University of Bergen
Faltin Karlsen, Kristiania University College
Maria José Brites, Lusófona University of Porto
Rita Figueiras, Catholic University of Portugal
Kim Schrøder, Roskilde University
Stine Lomborg, Copenhagen University
Sections and sponsors:
The pre-conference is supported by the ECREA sections: Audience and
Reception Studies, Digital Culture and Communication, and Mediatization.
It is sponsored by the research project Digitox at the University of
Oslo, funded by the Research Council of Norway, and Centre for Research
in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies (CICANT) at the
Lusófona University of Porto.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Over the past years, digital disconnection has emerged as a research
topic attracting interest across media and communication studies. The
idea of “digital disconnection” as well as related concepts such as
non-use, abstention, resistance, avoidance and detox are discussed in a
growing number of publications, with new research endeavours emerging in
various subfields. However, questions are also raised about what
disconnection really means and how we can study it, about paradoxes and
inherent dilemmas that affect research on disconnection as well as the
phenomenon itself. The time has come to critically consider the
contributions, challenges and promises of digital disconnection research.
This preconference invites papers on digital disconnection as a concept
and area of research, and engages participants in a dialogue to develop
a more systematic research agenda. By bringing together scholars from
different theoretical and empirical traditions, the pre-conference seeks
to consolidate digital disconnection studies as a research field, and
build foundations for further theoretical and empirical advances.
The preconference invites reflective papers, works in progress and
emerging ideas. We welcome conceptual, theoretical and methodological
discussions, literature reviews, provocations and interventions, and
empirical studies with different contexts and methodologies. We
encourage all contributions to consider how their approaches to digital
disconnection research intersect with other developments in media and
communication research, related disciplines and various sub-fields.
We particularly welcome submissions on:
- Key concepts, perspectives and frameworks in research on digital
- Investigations and critiques of intensified media involvement as
a communicative condition, and of reactions and ambivalences to it
- Contradictions, dilemmas and opportunities in analysis of
- Innovative methodological approaches to studying disconnection
- Counter-cultural movements and the politics and communities of
detoxing, or other cultural and social expressions of disconnection
- Empirical studies of user experiences and practices of
regulating attention, e.g. strategic configurations of media use
- Empirical studies of industry responses, practices and policies
in relation to disconnection.
SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Presentations at the conference are based on abstracts of 500 words, to
be submitted by April 2, 2020, (totrine.syvertsen /at/ media.uio.no)
<mailto:(trine.syvertsen /at/ media.uio.no)>
The abstracts should include main idea/argument, research questions and
key concepts, theoretical and/ or methodological discussion and analysis
PLEASE NOTE: All submitted abstracts must be anonymous with no reference
to author(s). Submit the abstract as an e-mail attachment and include
name, affiliation and contact details in the e-mail message.
The abstracts will be subject to anonymous peer review. Decisions on
acceptance will be made by May 1, 2020.
Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the pre-conference
and present in person.
A special issue on the theme of the pre-conference will be proposed with
invited contributions and a separate selection process announced at a
The preconference will take place on Friday, October 2, 2020, and will
close before the opening of the ECREA main conference that afternoon.
There will be a small fee to cover attendance, lunch and refreshments at
the pre-conference, of approximately 35 € (30 € for ECREA members and
PhD candidates). Details and payment procedures will be announced at a
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