[Air-L] CFP: 4S/EASST 2012, Copenhagen, open panel "New Media, digital identities and transformations of surveillance"

Anders Albrechtslund alb at hum.au.dk
Wed Feb 15 07:51:37 PST 2012

Apologies for cross posting
*Call for papers*
Open panel: "New Media, digital identities and transformations of surveillance" at:
Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2012: October 17-20, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Organized by Jason Pridmore (Zuyd University, The Netherlands) and Anders Albrechtslund (Aarhus University, Denmark)

New Media, digital identities and transformations of surveillance

The increasing use and presence of forms of new media and social networks has created an unprecedented level of data about everyday interactions, relationships, and personal perspectives on products, politics, and people. These data produce personal profiles in the form of digital identities that are both available for corporate and governmental surveillance of consumers and citizens and enables mutual or lateral surveillance by family, friends, and colleagues. This has had and continues to have significant implications for ‘privacy’, something which itself is continually being reshaped in light of transitions in technology.

A majority of research connecting surveillance with the use of new media and social networks takes as its starting point a critical assumption about the power inherent in corporate strategies and governmental intrusion. The papers in this panel instead focus on the differing ‘configurations’ that exist, describing the micro processes of power relations between ‘users’, their digital identities, and the networks in which they are a part as forms of everyday surveillance. In this context, the notion of ‘users’ is itself complicated by persons that may be players, participants, clients, members, etc. However, these examinations begin to illuminate how forms of collaboration and co-operation transforms practices of surveillance through processes of mutual shaping.  Voluntary use of technologies such as location check-in, social sign-on, the use of hashtags, begin to suggest new ways in which surveillance is enacted, performed, and transformed. This has significant implications for ‘user identification’, with agency and power distributed through the people, practices, systems and artefacts that comprise the use of new media and social networks.

This panel welcomes papers that explore empirically and conceptually the relationships between the use of new media/social networks, digital or user identification and surveillance.

Please submit your abstract electronically via <http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s12/> and make sure to suggest that your paper will fit into open panel 61, "New Media, digital identities and transformations of surveillance". You can find more details about the conference on <http://www.4sonline.org/meeting>.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 March 2012. For further information and details, feel free to contact the organizers:
Jason Pridmore (jason.pridmore at zuyd.nl)
Anders Albrechtslund (alb at hum.au.dk)

Anders Albrechtslund
Associate Professor, PhD
Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication
Aarhus University, Denmark

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