[Air-L] CA 2020 Post-conference Call For Papers: Digital Inequalities and Emerging Technologies: Regimes, Spaces, and Imaginaries

Justine Humphry justine.humphry at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 14:47:32 PST 2019

ICA 2020 Post-conference *Call For Papers*:
Digital Inequalities and Emerging Technologies: Regimes, Spaces, and

Date: Wednesday, May 27,  2020, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: S226, Lvl 2, John Woolley Building (A20), University of Sydney,

Sponsoring ICA Divisions: Activism, Communication and Social Justice
Interest Group; Communication and Technology Division

Sharon Strover, University of Texas-Austin, sharon.strover at austin.utexas.edu
Justine Humphry, University of Sydney justine.humphry at sydney.edu.au
Sora Park, University of Canberra, sora.park at canberra.edu.au
Teresa Swist, Western Sydney University, t.swist at westernsydney.edu.au
Danielle Wyatt, University of Melbourne danielle.wyatt at unimelb.edu.au

Keynote speaker
Professor Eszter Hargittai, University of Zurich
Others TBD

Problems of digital exclusion have traditionally been associated with lack
of access to technology. Increasingly digital exclusion also emerges with
the active agency of state and corporate institutions using AI, smart city
infrastructures, surveillance systems and even robotics. The aim of this
post-conference is to make connections between a diverse range of
disciplinary areas that have studied digital inequalities including digital
inclusion research, data justice, critical race and digital media studies,
data sovereignty and digital rights.

Inequalities occur along multiple fronts including geography, social class,
race, gender, age, and institutional systems and policies. They also can be
shaped by powerful imaginaries of digitally-enabled futures promising
efficiency, safety and economic prosperity. Data-driven and algorithmic
processes related to smart technologies, artificial intelligence (AI),
Internet of Things (IoT), facial-recognition and robotics demand an
extension from traditional concerns around digital exclusion to account for
the potential to produce systemic abuses and extenuate disadvantage.

The post-conference is an opportunity to examine the ways in which new
technologies, including those that link digital networks and data via
tracking tools and algorithms, add to the unequal distribution of digital
benefits and perpetuate and even worsen inequalities in the expansion of
the Digital Welfare State and other kinds of neoliberal, policing and
techno-centric systems.  It also examines the kinds of civic, open and
public institutions – such as libraries, local governments, community
media, and justice movements – that are increasingly important for
ameliorating digital inequalities and countering imaginaries premised upon
techno-centric fixes.

Co-organised by the University of Sydney, University of Canberra, the
University of Texas at Austin, Western Sydney University and the University
of Melbourne, this Digital Inequalities Post-ICA Conference
recontextualises digital inequalities within the context of emerging
technologies and their affiliated social and political regimes, spaces and
imaginaries. We seek to bring together researchers from multiple
disciplinary perspectives to discuss the impact of digital inequalities in
multiple sites.

We welcome submissions from theoretical and empirical inquiries that
examine the following areas:
- Digital inclusion practices in social institutions
- Inequalities and algorithmic governance in data driven society
- Market logics and digital inequalities
- The lived experience of digital exclusion
- Alternative imaginaries for social justice and activism
- Bias in algorithms, interface and design
- Big data, smart technologies and surveillance
- Intersectionality and digital inequalities
- Digital media and algorithmic literacies in platform capitalism

Submitting your abstract: Please submit abstracts for 15 minute paper
presentations through this Form no later than *Feb 1, 2020*. Abstracts are
limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately
500 words).

Contributors will be selected by peer-review and will be notified of
decisions on or before March 1, 2020. Authors are expected to attend the
post-conference and present in person.

We will explore the potential of a thematic publication of post-conference
materials as a special issue in a journal or as an edited volume.

All participants must register for the post-conference. Registration costs
will be $50.00 USD  or $75 AU which covers coffee breaks and lunch. To
register, participants should follow the instructions on: www.icahdq.org.

Key dates:
1 Feb 2020: Deadline for abstract submission
1 March 2020: Corresponding authors notified of decisions
1 May 2020: Post-Conference registrations close
21-25 May ICA Conference, Gold Coast
27 May 2020: Post-conference in Sydney

Location: Please note that this event will take place off-site at the
University of Sydney in room S226, Level 2, John Woolley (A20) at
Camperdown campus. The post-conference will conclude at 5:00pm on May 27
with a cocktail reception following. Recommendations for nearby hotels will

Contact: If you have any questions regarding the submission, please contact
Sora Park at sora.park at canberra.edu.au


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