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Call for Papers ECREA Symposium Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the
Age of Big Data
10-11 November 2017, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden
Joint Conference of two ECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy; and Media
Industries and Cultural Production
Abstract Deadline 1 June 2017
* Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield)
* Joseph Turow (University of Pennsylvania)
* Mikkel Flyverbom (Copenhagen Business School)
The coordinates of democracy, civic engagement and political participation are
being fundamentally reconfigured in the context of digital media, Big Data and
algorithmic culture, and so too are the media industries. This joint conference
of the ECREA Communication and Democracy and Media Industries and Cultural
Production Sections provides the opportunity to analyse and assess these
The constant need to measure and capture our behavior and attitudes has
consequences for our political agency and subjectivities. What do big data and
algorithmic culture mean in the context of democratic participation and
engagement? What are the consequences of ubiquitous surveillance, preemptive
policing and social bots for our understanding of democracy and exercise of
civic rights? How do current discussions of political agency in the digital age
compare to previous moments of disruption in terms of the introduction of media
Big data and issues related to algorithmic governance have become a major topic
of enquiry in the context of media industries as well. ‘Legacy media’ are
trying to respond by integrating new digital services with their existing ones
and new data-driven journalistic and media production practices emerge. This
presents policy challenges, as, for example, public service media need to adapt
to a situation in which data is increasingly commercialized. There are
implications too for media workers in this new moment. In this context, we wish
to explore issues related to the integration of Big Data and the media
industries as well as online production, creativity and digital labour.
During this section conference, we aim to engage with questions concerning
datafication, media industries and (digital) democracy through addressing
topics such as (but not limited to):
* Political subjectivities and political agency in the age of Big Data
* Political consequences of storing, processing and organizing of data
* Civic engagement and political participation in times of Big Data
* Surveillance and preemptive policing
* Materiality and environmental issues of Big Data and algorithmic culture
* New actors and discourses in the context of datafication
* Democratic potential of Big Data and algorithmic culture
* Algorithmic taste management in the media industries
* Archives and archiving of cultural production and civic engagement
* Media work and labour in datafied media industries
* Data Journalism
A YECREA workshop for PhD candidates and junior researchers will be organised.
Details are going to be announced in early spring 2017.
Please submit a 300-word abstract for individual proposals
Panel proposals should include a 300-word panel rationale plus individual 200
word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.
All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be submitted
Deadline for submission is 1 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be
issued by 15 August 2017.
Registration and Fees
Early bird registration €50 (until 1 September 2017)
Early bird reduced student fee €30 (until 1 September)
Full fees €75
Reduced student fee €40
Göran Bolin, Hanne Bruun, David Hesmondhalgh, Anne Kaun, Maria Michalis, Maria
Kyriakidou, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Julie Uldam, Julia Velkova
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