School of Art, Media, and Technology

Theorizing the Web – Call for Papers

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The goal of the conference is to expand the range and depth of theory used to help us make sense of how the Internet, digitality, and technology have changed the ways humans live. We hope to bring together researchers (particularly graduate students and junior faculty) from a range of disciplines, including sociology, communications, philosophy, economics, English, history, political science, information science, the performing arts and many more. In addition, we invite session and other proposals by tech-industry professionals, journalists, and other figures outside of academia.

Topics will include:
Identity and self-presentation: concerns of privacy and publicity on the Web
Surveillance, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and secrecy online
The blurring of online and offline, real and virtual, cyborgism and augmented reality
The Internet and the changing nature of capitalism
How power and inequality (e.g., the Digital Divide) manifest on the Web
Political activism/slacktivism online
Bodies and sexuality in the Digital Age
“Relationship Status” and Online dating
“Prosumption” (i.e., the convergence of production and consumption online)
Global implications of the Internet (or of the multiple Internets)
McDonaldization, rationalization and the Web
Intersections of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability with • respect to any of the above topics.

The final deadline for abstract submissions is February 20th.

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