[CITASA] call for submissions: Theorizing the Web 2013 (#TtW13) - 2, March, NYC

nathan jurgenson nathanjurgenson at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 11:45:34 EST 2012

Theorizing the Web 2013 (#TtW13) Conference



At the CUNY Graduate Center, and hosted by
OpenCUNY <http://opencuny.org/>, and
JustPublics at 365<http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/>.
The conference is *Saturday, March 2nd* and there will be a pre-conference
meetup and panel discussion on the evening of *Friday, March 1st*, in the
Graduate Center’s James

*Saturday, March 2nd
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

*Deadline for Abstracts: Sunday, January 6th*

*Call for Abstracts:*

Society has been infiltrated by new digital technologies with potentially
profound consequences. It makes sense to ask what’s changed? How has it
changed? How much? Researchers and companies have gathered enormous amounts
of data to ostensibly answer these questions, but the full implications of
this data too often go unexplored. The Web is not a new, separate sphere,
but part of the same social reality about which critical social theorist
have produced several centuries worth of insight. These theories may be
profitably used, tweaked, or even abandoned in light of contemporary
realities. What previous theoretical tools help us understand these
changes? What new theories should be created?

Now in its third year, the Theorizing the Web conference seeks to bring
together an inter/non-disciplinary group of scholars, journalists, artists,
and commentators to theorize the Web. As in the past, we encourage critical
discussions of power, social inequality, and social justice.

The keynote speaker for this year is scholar David Lyon, author of many
books on surveillance technologies and society (most recently *Liquid
Surveillance* <http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745662824> with
Zygmunt Bauman), who will discuss the significance and nuances of
surveillance in the social and digital media environment. How well do
pre-existing theories of social observation, such as panopticism, map onto
new realities such as Facebook? Do we need new conceptual tools?

We encourage critical and theoretical explorations of digital technologies,
including, but not limited, to:

   - Surveillance, sousveillance, (post-)panopticism, synopticism
   - Privacy/publicity, visibility/invisibility, fame, micro-celebrity
   - Virality and the attention economy
   - Preservation, remembering, and the right to forget
   - Identity, subjectivity, self-concept
   - Capitalism
   - Racism and diasporas
   - Work, play, leisure, and post-Fordism
   - Consumption and consumer society
   - Modernity & social change: liquidity, risk, isolation, anomie
   - Social movements, protests, and repression
   - Drone warfare, cyber warfare
   - Knowledge, epistemology, algorithms, filters, and truth
   - Digital dualism
   - The mobile web, mapping, and critical geographies
   - Speculative fiction, futurism, and literature
   - Rise of visual social media
   - Technological autonomy and determinism
   - Intersections of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation,
   disability, and other forms of inequality **

*Submit abstracts online:*

*More info: *theorizingtheweb.org
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