[Air-L] cfp: DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media International Confere (fwd)

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Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:38:05 -0400
From: Megan Boler <mboler at oise.utoronto.ca>
Subject: cfp: DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media International

**dear colleagues, we would be very grateful if you could distribute and
circulate widely, thank you! megan (apologies for cross-postings)**

DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media
Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Nov 12-14, 2010


Call for papers/presentations: due May 20, 2010

Plenary speakers include: Anne Balsalmo, Suzanne de Castell, Ron Deibert,
Paul Dourish, Henry Jenkins, Jennifer Jenson, Natalie Jeremijenko, Steve
Mann, Trebor Scholz.

Conference Organizers: Prof. Megan Boler, Associate Chair, Department of
Theory and Policy Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education, University of Toronto; Prof. Matthew Ratto Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Director, Critical Making
Lab, University of Toronto

A renewed emphasis on participatory forms of digitally-mediated production
is transforming our social landscape. ‘Making’ has become the dominant
metaphor for a variety of digital and digitally-mediated practices. The
web is exploding with independently produced digital ‘content’ such as
video diaries, conversations, stories, software, music, video games—all of
which are further transformed and morphed by “modders,” “hackers,” artists
and activists who redeploy and repurpose corporately-produced content.
Equally, communities of self-organized crafters, hackers, and enthusiasts
are increasingly to be found online exchanging sewing and knitting
patterns, technical guides, circuit layouts, detailed electronics
tutorials and other forms of instruction and support. Many of these
individuals and collaborators understand their work to be socially
interventionist. Through practices of design, development, and exchange
they challenge traditional divides between production and consumption and
to redress the power differentials built into technologically-mediated

“DIY Citizenship” invokes the participatory nature of these diverse
“do-it-yourself” modes of engagement, community, networks, and tools—all
of which arguably replace traditional with remediated notions of
citizenship. The term “critical making” refers to the increasing role
‘making’ plays in critical forms of social reflection and engagement.

This interactive conference seeks to extend conversations about new modes
of engaged DIY citizenship and politics evidenced by the exponential
increase of DIY media, “user-generators”, “prosumers,” “hacktivists,”
tactical media interventionists, and other ‘maker’ identities. We invite
scholars, activists, artists, designers, programmers and others interested
in the social and participatory dimensions of digitally-mediated
practices, to engage in dialogue across disciplinary and professional
divides. All methodological and theoretical approaches are welcomed.
Submissions may include paper proposals, works of art and/or design, short
video or audio segments, performances, video games, digital media, or
other genres and forms. Potential topics include: the relation between
social media and the ‘making’ of new forms of citizenship engagement—thus,
for example, making movements; making community; making news; making play;
making bodies; making health; making public; making education; making

For the full conference call, see:

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