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Parikka, Jussi on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 02:56:00 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> CFP extended: 'Thinking Network Politics: Methods, Epistemology, Process'

Title: CFP extended: 'Thinking Network Politics: Methods, Epistemology, Process'

Extended Call For Papers:

'Thinking Network Politics: Methods, Epistemology, Process'

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK - 25 & 26 March 2010

We invite the submission of abstracts for the first event of the AHRC funded networking project 'Exploring New Configurations of Network Politics'. The event will combine a series of short papers followed by round table discussions and interventions exploring the issues and challenges raised by those papers.ââ The attempt to grasp the depth and breadth of network politics demands novel and transdisciplinary approaches not always native to the humanities and social sciences, such as graph theory and the study of code as cultural practice. Thus there is a drive to explore the broad spectrum of practices and discourses to help rethink the articulations of politics in network culture. New modes of political activity that take advantage of new platforms from Twitter to YouTube necessitate new conceptual positions for network culture, counter-power and resistance. The papers should work towards adapting concepts such as, for example but by no means exclusively, the Multitude, free and immaterial labour, emergence, swarms and 'smart mobs' and new forms of creation, activism and engagement in civil society. The aim is to rethink what we understand by politics. Further questions which need to be asked include: what kind of epistemologies do we need to incorporate into our analysis? How can we take into account the particularities of networks when approaching the elusive, ephemeral nature of politics of/in networks? These are just examples of the directions into which considerations of ânetwork politicsâ might lead us.

Because this is such a fast developing and challenging arena of research the event will aim to be open and fluid, encouraging engagement, conversation and innovation wherever possible, while focusing on this core problematic of the tools and processes for thinking network politics. The papers should be in the format of short (max 10 minute) position papers on key concepts or keywords that lead into group work and discussions into the questions of network politics and methods and approaches for analysis. Instead of normal academic papers followed by a short Q&A, we would like the event to encourage collaboration, collective discussions and agenda setting.

Confirmed participants include Professor Greg Elmer, Dr Olga Goriunova, Dr Ganaele Langlois and Dr Tony D. Sampson and awaiting final confirmation from Professor Douglas Kellner.

Deadline for abstracts: February 5th 2010.

Please submit your abstracts to contact {AT} networkpolitics.org or directly to joss.hands {AT} anglia.ac.uk and/or jussi.parikka {AT} anglia.ac.uk

The project has also a website where more information can be found and where we encourage people to register and participate in the project: http://www.networkpolitics.org

Dr Jussi Parikka

Director of CoDE: the Cultures of the Digital Economy-research Institute

Reader in Media Theory & History

Co-Director of the Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture (ArcDigital)

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK




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