::fibreculture:: cfp Digital Cultures: Knowledge / Cultures/ Technology

Ned Rossiter ned at nedrossiter.org
Wed Feb 14 00:56:42 CET 2018


International Conference

Co-organized by the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC), Leuphana
University and the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western
Sydney University, as part of the Knowledge/Culture Series
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
19-22 September, 2018


Initiated by Armin Beverungen (CDC) & Ned Rossiter (ICS)

Organizing Steering Committee

CDC: Armin Beverungen, Timon Beyes, Lisa Conrad, Mathias Denecke, Randi
Heinrichs, Laura Hille, Claus Pias, Daniela Wentz
ICS: Ilia Antenucci, Helen Barcham, Philippa Collin, Gay Hawkins,
Tsvetelina Hristova, Liam Magee, Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter, Teresa Swist

Submissions are now open and will close on 30 March, 2018.

Please find the call below and visit our website for information on
detailed topics, invited speakers and submission guidelines.

*Call for Papers*

The advent and ubiquity of digital media technologies precipitate a
profound transformation of the spheres of knowledge and circuits of
culture. Simultaneously, the background operation of digital systems in
routines of daily life increasingly obscures the materiality and meaning
of technologically induced change. Computational architectures of
algorithmic governance prevail across a vast and differentiated range of
institutional settings and organizational practices. Car assembly
plants, warehousing, shipping ports, sensor cities, agriculture,
government agencies, university campuses. These are just some of the
infrastructural sites overseen by software operations designed to
extract value, coordinate practices and manage populations in real-time.
While Silicon Valley ideology prevails over the design and production of
the artefacts, practices and institutions that mark digital cultures,
the architectures and infrastructures of its operations are continually
rebuilt, hacked, broken and maintained within a proliferation of sites
across the globe.

To analytically grasp the emerging transformations requires media and
cultural studies to inquire into the epochal changes taking place with
the proliferation of digital media technologies. While in many ways the
digital turn has long been in process, its cultural features and effects
are far from even or comprehensively known. Research needs to attend to
the infrastructural and environmental registrations of the digital.
Critical historiographies attend to the world-making capacities of
digital cultures, situating the massive diversity of practices within
specific technical systems, geocultural dynamics and geopolitical
forces. At the same time the contemporaneity of digital cultures invites
new methods that draw on digital media technologies as tools, and, more
importantly, that engage the intersection between media technologies,
cultural practices and institutional settings. New organizational forms
in digital economies, new forms of association and sociality, and new
subjectivizations generated from changing human-machine configurations
are among the primary manifestations of the digital that challenge
disciplinary capacities in terms of method. The empirics of the digital,
in other words, signals a transversality at the level of disciplinarity,
methods and knowledge production.

This conference brings together research concerned with studying digital
cultures and the ways that digital media technologies transform
contemporary culture, society and economy. The hosts specifically
encourage approaches to digital cultures emerging from media and
cultural theory, along with transnational currents of communications,
science and technology studies. We also explicitly invite researchers
from digital humanities, digital anthropology, digital sociology, gender
studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies, architecture, organization
studies, environmental studies, geography and computer science to engage
in this endeavor to develop a critical humanities and cultural studies
alert to the operations, materialities and politics of digital cultures.

Invited speakers include:

Simon Denny, Artist, Berlin/Auckland

Jennifer Gabrys, Goldsmiths, University of London

Orit Halpern, Concordia University

Nanna Heidenreich, Internationale Filmschule Köln

Kara Keeling, University of Southern California

Felix Stalder, Zurich University of the Arts

Ravi Sundaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi


With more coming soon, including details on spotlight sessions.


Conference themes

[Histories] Historiographies of Digital Cultures

[Ecologies] Environmental Media, Media Ecologies and the Technosphere

[Economies] Platforms, Economies and Organization

[Subjectivities] Biohacking, Quantification and Data Subjectivities

[Collectivities] Digital Publics, Movements and Populisms

[Futures] Contemporary Futures and Anticipatory Modelling


Organized with the following partners:

Department of Media Studies, University of Siegen
Berlin Institute for Empirical Research in Integration and Migration
(BIM), Humboldt University of Berlin
ephemera: theory & politics in organization
Meson Press



Ned Rossiter
Professor of Communication
Institute for Culture and Society / School of Humanities and
Communication Arts
Western Sydney University
Parramatta Campus
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751



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