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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

Keynote speakers

  *   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.
Submission details
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 
through: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecreadigdem2017
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
Organising Committee:
Göran Bolin, Hanne Bruun, David Hesmondhalgh, Anne Kaun, Maria Michalis, Maria 
Kyriakidou, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Julie Uldam, Julia Velkova

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