[CITASA] Virtual Utopia Session at ASA

Ron Anderson rea at umn.edu
Wed Aug 15 10:38:18 EDT 2012


When Gina Neff listed the CITASA sessions at the ASA this weekend, she
overlooked an important one of which CITASA is a co-sponsor: Virtual Utopias
and Dystopias, which is described below and is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:10pm
Sunday. Unfortunately, it overlaps the CITASA party by 10 minutes. It
promises to be a stimulating session, partly because there are so many
perspectives on what is virtual and what is utopia.

Ron Anderson

 

 




Thematic Session. Virtual Utopias and Dystopias (co-sponsored with Section
on Communication and Information Technologies)

	



 

 



Sponsor:


Thematic Sessions


Schedule Information:


Scheduled Time:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+View+Program+Load+Scheduled+Times&schedule_day=2012-08-19+18%3A
10%3A00&highlight_box_id=121334&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698534#box_tag
> Sun, Aug 19 - 4:30pm - 6:10pm
Title Displayed in Event Calendar:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+View+Program+Load+Box+To+View&program_box_id=121334&PHPSESSID=6
dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698534> Thematic Session. Virtual Utopias and Dystopias
(co-sponsored with Section on Communication and Information Technologies)


Session Participants:



Session Organizer:
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Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2943934&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Aneesh Aneesh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 


Session Organizer:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2944021&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Ronald E. Anderson (University of Minnesota) 


Presider:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2943934&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Aneesh Aneesh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 


Panelist:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2908217&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) 


Panelist:
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Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2906365&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Fred Turner (Stanford University) 


Panelist:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2900034&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Barry Wellman (University of Toronto) 


Panelist:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2898583&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Talmadge Wright (Loyola University-Chicago) 


Panelist:
<http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa12/index.php?click_key=1&cmd=
Multi+Search+Load+Person&people_id=2944021&PHPSESSID=6dvi39ag7bv32ugr1075698
534> Ronald E. Anderson (University of Minnesota) 


Abstract:


Modes of collective existence have multiplied over the years. In addition to
physical togetherness, social life increasingly consists of virtual
interactions. This session focuses on three specific modes of virtual
interaction: community (e.g., Facebook), fantasy (e.g., Second Life), and
exposé (e.g., Wikileaks), all mediated by distributed networks of
information and communication technologies. These virtual networks have both
utopian and dystopian elements. This panel session explores the theme of
virtual utopias and dystopias in the transformation of existing
institutions. The session will be organized in a question-response format
beginning with brief statements by participants on the theme. Panelists will
be asked to address such questions as: What has been learned from attempts
to build virtual utopias? What virtual communities have sought utopian
themes like equality, peace, social cohesion, ethics and compassion, and
with what result? How do we assess virtual dystopias and their relationship
with social change? How can we envision the future so that virtual utopias
flourish with beneficial effects on non-virtual institutions?

 

 

 

Ron Anderson 

Ronald E. Anderson , <rea at umn.edu> -  952-473-5910

Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of Minn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Anderson

http://www.soc.umn.edu/~rea/

http://www.compassionatesocieties.org/

 

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