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[Commlist] Call for Abstracts: Meeting of Digital Networks and Activist Cultures

Mon Aug 10 19:52:07 GMT 2020

*Call for Abstracts*

*4^th  Meeting of Digital Networks and Activist Cultures (*hosted by the Postgraduate Program in Languages, Media, and Arts (LIMIAR) at PUC-Campinas, Brazil).

*Deadline: 08/24/20.*

*About t**he event*

*/Redes Digitais e Culturas Ativistas/**[Digital Networks and Activist Cultures]* is an event organized by the Postgraduate Program in Languages, Media, and Arts (LIMIAR) at PUC-Campinas. Its first edition was held in June 2016. The event collaborates with the dialog between programs of the university itself and other participants, receiving papers from researchers from all over Brazil and also from abroad. From an interdisciplinary perspective, this event seeks to promote a plural debate among participants, to create opportunities that bring together different areas of political, cultural and media knowing/doing.

*4^th  Meeting’s Theme: Boundaries between languages, media, and art*

Amid contemporary identity processes, contact spaces of different powerful languages and places are revealed, which are fueled by the inconstancy of movement and the need of change. In the 4^th  RDCA [acronym for /Redes Digitais e Culturas Ativistas/], the “boundary” represents the element that opens up to the (de)structuring transformations. Despite the political, cultural, and social turmoil of the contemporary world, there may be a force in neighboring spaces to proliferate the creation of new ways of being and living. It is in the contact between cultures, poetics, media, images, bodies, spaces, technologies, and networks, and the interdisciplinarity generated by these contacts that we aim to centralize the debates of the discussions of this Meeting.

In the crisis of totalizing narratives that have guided the choices of individuals for a long time, we seek to look at the border as a place where hybridizations take place, which, due to their impurities and tensions, carry the place of the strange, the unusual, the different. At the borders, we are finding answers to a world in crisis, which rethinks itself from truths that are deconstructed at all times, but that at the same time can offer alternatives that are being set in artistic, communicational, and cultural flows in constant movement.

To think of a changing culture, which is reconfigured from the contact with the diversity that is (re)discovered in strategies of visibility and recognition. That is the proposal.

The event will take place online on *October 6^th , 7^th , and 8^th , 2020*. The program includes lectures, round table discussions, an online art exhibition and presentation of papers. To guide the attendees, we divided the themes into ten working groups (WGs), which are disclosed together with the call for papers.

Papers that are accepted and presented during the event will be published in a summary notebook.

*Call for abstracts***

The Postgraduate Program in Languages, Media, and Arts from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas invites professors and researchers, at undergraduate and graduate levels, to present papers reporting their research, experiences or art works focused on the general theme of the event: *Boundaries between languages, media, and art.*

*Criteria for papers selection*

Abstracts can be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Shall contain a bold title; the name of the author(s), as well as their main education and affiliation; sized between 300 and 500 words, Times New Roman 11 font, justified, simple paragraph; submit three to five keywords; and be sent until *08/24/20* to one of the 10 WGs of interest proposed below, organized by teachers from different PPGs and IES.  Note that this year we opened a specific WG for undergraduate students (WG10). The submission shall be made through the Easychair platform at this link <>. When submitting, *choose only one WG*. The paper shall follow the model below:

4RDCA Summary Template <>Download <>

The papers are reviewed by the coordinators of the WGs, who are also registered on the platform. Each paper is evaluated by at least two reviewers. The papers will be judged according to the adherence to the event’s theme, the WG’s proposal, the formatting rules, and their originality.

The results and the final schedule are published on the website <> on *09/05/20*.

The call for art works is also open. See the instructions in the “/Chamada para Exposição Artística RDCA 2020/” [Call for RDCA Art Exhibitions 2020] <> tab

*Working Groups (WGs):*

*WG 1 – Corporeality, city, and virtual social media*

There are multiple ways in which corporeality has been reframed in relations mediated and located in virtual social medias. These are new ways of relating to the world, the Other, and understanding the Self. This working group seeks to cover research and reflections on impacts and reverberations in the forms of exposure, recognition, identity, and the difference in the post-humanism context, whether through the artistic management of the bodies, their representations, or objectification. What is the body’s place in this context? Urban socio-cultural movements, for example, propose other forms of sociability that are made possible by virtual social media, causing double artistic management of the body, in the network, and the city. The extension of this corporeality, as well as its reverberation or redefinition, project diachronic and/or synchronic relations which cause us to rethink the meaning of the body and the city.

*WG 2 – Crisis and (re)configurations of the media system in contemporary democracy*

The recent Brazilian experience of electing a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic without friendliness and support from the traditional media system is a clear symptom of the reduction in the degree of influence of traditional media at the expense of the mobilization potential acquired by digital social media in electoral processes. The phenomenon points to issues that are sensitive to democracy, such as the emergence and proliferation of “fake news”; the encouragement of the polarization of extremes, with the resulting loss of central territories; the predominance of speeches driven by emotion; the merger between public and private in the political field; the new roles reserved for traditional media, such as newspapers, TV, and radio; the (un)professionalization of politics and the ethical sense of electoral campaigns; the levels of voter engagement in representative democracy; and the utopian hypothesis of participatory democracy based on information and communication technologies in constant development.

*WG 3 – Media, City, and Sociocultural Practices*

Theoretical and methodological reflections, as well as the results of empirical works on the city as a locus of cultural processes and its relations with the media, compose the universe of reflection and academic debate of this working group. The scope of discussion includes research that considers the city as a space for the circulation of sociocultural practices, that seeks to think about how these phenomena delimit space (concrete and imaginary) and condition the generation of meanings in urban environments.

*WG 4 – Between (dis)courses: the formation of identities and memory in (non) digital times and spaces*

The purpose of this WG is to raise papers that dialogue with the processes of memory construction in different space-time contexts, which materialize in different discourses, such as those of the media, politics, genres, and literature, indicating features of subjectivity and the identities that are built in these environments and understanding the reading of archives as possibilities of interpretation marked by a will for truth and by the networks of power-knowledge. Papers that are dedicated to the study of narratives, self-narratives, and/or heterotopic spaces that are relevant in the formation of identities and modes of subjectivation are some of the focuses of this WG.

*WG 5 – Literacies, languages, technology(ies):  dissension and resistance*

Over the past decade, the way we use the Web has been heavily influenced by major technology corporations, such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook. As a result, local and autonomous experiences, such as the free-software movement, have lost strength in Brazil. Corporations set in motion surveillance practices with a huge potential for controlling and inducing behaviors, as has been shown by scholars like Shoshana Zuboff, Evgeny Morozov, and Sérgio Amadeu, in documentary productions such as /Privacidade Hackeada/ [Privacy Hacked], and by activists such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. If, on the one hand, new forms of surveillance, control, and segregation were created in this dynamic, on the other hand, the dimension of the transnational connection has undeniably been one of the paths in the creation of “escape lines”, as suggested by Deleuze and Parnet (1998), and reinscriptions and transformations in matters of teaching, learning, ethnicity, nationality, race, and class. These conditions occur in the interfaces established in the current regime, which includes breaking and creating trenches, integration and division, erasure and inclusion, making us rethink the production and circulation of languages in the current days. Given this, the purpose of this WG is to bring together papers that broaden our understanding of both the effects of contemporary forms of surveillance and control on subjects, as well as forms of resistance. The submitted papers may include different areas, such as language education, teacher and student training, and/in their interfaces with the arts, communication, and accessibility. Thus, we seek, from a critical perspective (Luke, 2019), to discuss the place of different literacies in the relations between languages, technologies, and spaces for dissension and resistance, in the current days.

*WG 6 – Cyberpolitics and Cyberculture: new times of activism*

The development of Information and Communication Technologies has brought deep changes in the dynamics of action and collective identities, and the processes of symbolic creation of social actors. Addressing the emergence of cultural practices and the expression of multiple forms of subjectivities gains an increasingly significant space in the studies of digital networks. Remixing practices, file sharing, collaborative work, connectivity practices, software production, and other topics, manifest the variety of practices built on and by digital technologies. The phenomenon of a connected society coexists in a hybrid way with old social practices, generating a complex communicational ecosystem that produces new forms of sociability. The emergence of this paradigm opens space for new possibilities to act in political institutions, social movements, and other segments of civil society from the creation of spaces for participation and deliberation that emerged and continue to emerge in a scenario of time acceleration and social, political, and spatial reordering.

*WG 7 – Edges: critical, curatorial, and artistic experiments*

In an era associated with continuous displacements, decomposition, and uncertainty, the writing of criticism is activated here as an experiment, in an attempt to produce risky situations concerning readings of work in transit, borderline, and unstable. As critical experiments, we deal with possible paths both for the study of criticism and curatorship, as well as for the study of art, poetics, and media practices. Based on the theme proposed by the 4^th  Meeting, we observe, according to Bochio and Polidoro (2019), that on the one hand, art productions since modernity show an overlap of procedures and techniques, appropriations, expansion of languages, and hybridisms. On the other hand, the popularization of digital technologies and their incorporation on a large scale makes their presence happen naturally in artistic processes, offering a new look at the strategies used by artists and posing new problems for them. We aim to explore, in particular, issues related to audiovisual networks, cinema, performance, and contemporary art as practices in crisis, crossed by procedures such as deconstruction, contamination, and sharing.

*WG 8 – Design and Activist Narratives*

Studies that deal with design as a manifestation and form of expression through visual, sound, performance, or object narratives, structured in different languages and supports, broadcast in digital media (social media and internet). Discusses the potential of different types of narratives that promote engagement, awareness, and/or social, political, environmental, and cultural change. Papers addressing hybrid and interdisciplinary languages, catalysts for multisensory messages with an activist and/or dissident impact, produced by individuals or groups, are welcome.

*WG 9 – Post-image and visuality technologies*

The contemporary image, between representation and simulation, abandons ontological stability to constitute itself in the space-time of network interconnections. Among protocols, languages, algorithms, materialities, and techniques, the image rejects the reference condition to enhance other realities, discursive modes, perceptual experiences. The artistic productions that mobilize an amplified notion about the term technology matter, not only linked to the computational dimension, through the exercise of distension and contamination between historical and contemporary processes. Thus, we are interested in discussing the image and its technological operations for the poetic constitution.

*WG 10 – Junior Digital Networks and Cultures Activists (undergraduate students)*

This working group welcomes the paper of undergraduate students with works of scientific initiation, conclusion, extension, or another modality that are linked to the event’s theme.


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