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Parikka, Jussi on Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:35:32 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Call for Papers: Network Politics: Objects, Subjects and New Political Affects, Toronto October 22-23


Call for Papers

Network Politics: Objects, Subjects and New Political Affects

October 22-23, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada


A Symposium co-sponsored by the AHRC funded âNew Configurations of Network Politicsâ project at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK, and the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University, Canada


In the network age, the question of political agency is becoming increasingly troublesome, with a pressing need to reflect upon how collective distributed networks as well as non-human actants re-define the field of the political.

This symposium will investigate what counts as a political object or subjectâ, and how such objects/subjects circulate and are controlled in the context of developing critical approaches to networked politics.

The symposium seeks to build upon object-oriented philosophy, which has shifted the language of coding and programming into the domain of âtool-beingâ. In so doing a correlate possibility of a âwebâ of subject-oriented objects emerges, opened up by hyper-personalized web services and control techniques that shape and recombine pseudo-subjects from the bio-political detritus of data-mining software and algorithmic protocols. In the face of such new assemblages, what sites, actants, and tactics potentially reinvent new political affects?

The symposium welcomes interventions on related questions and topics that answer or complicate the notion of the âobjectsâ and âsubjectsâ of network politics. The symposium seeks paper proposals that touch upon the following set of themes:

- Theories and case studies of object/subject-oriented politics

- Networking of political artifacts: politicizing âparticipatory cultureâ

- New epistemologies for networked politics

- Politics 2.0: personalization, customization and surveillance

- Activist platforms and recursive publics

The event takes place October 22 & 23, 2010 at Ryerson University, Toronto and is co-hosted by the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media and the AHRC funded project New Configurations of Network Politics at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK.


Paper proposals (400 words): due 2 August, 2010
Acceptances: August 15, 2010

Please email proposals to Network Politics Project or directly contact  Jussi Parikka  and/or Joss Hands . For other inquiries about the event please contact Greg Elmer.

Symposium programming committee: Jussi Parikka (Anglia Ruskin U.), Joss Hands (Anglia Ruskin U.), Greg Elmer (Ryerson University), Ganaele Langlois (U. of Ontario Institute of Technology), and Alessandra Renzi (Ryerson University)




Dr Jussi Parikka

Director of CoDE: Culture of the Digital Economy institute

Reader in Media Theory & History

Co-Director of ArcDigital

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK








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