Call for papers

The conference will interrogate the link between broad sociocultural dynamics and changes in communication, media and the arts, in an age of datafication. In a highly digitalised society, our transactions, communications, movements and relationships leave digital traces that can be collected and processed systematically and in massive volumes.

This datafication of society has dramatically changed the dynamics of power relations in the distribution and communication of information. It will be an opportunity to incubate and develop theories, research, and frameworks and inform methods for the field and its practices. We invite researchers, artists and activists to problematise the challenges we face in the twenty-first century, with a special focus on the impacts of digital technology on arts, media and communication practices, and to consider how the public is responding to the new power relations mobilised by changes in communication and media.

Data

How does data analytics play a role in shaping knowledge and public opinion? What are the changes that are occurring in decision-making? How is the media industry responding to datafication? What is the impact of data analytics on news and journalistic practices?

Publics

What is the public’s understanding and management of big data in their everyday lives? What are the shifts that are occurring among audiences as curators and storytellers in the online space? What are the changing narratives that shape modern democracy? What are the public’s everyday relationships with digital materials and the various platforms, devices, and spaces? How are the arts and cultural industries using digital technologies to connect and engage with diverse publics?

Storytelling

What is the role of persuasive narratives in the socio-political sphere in a datafied society? What is the relationship between creativity and communication? Are emerging digital intermediaries (IoT, AI, algorithms, automation and VR) affecting the narratives of storytelling? How are storytellers adapting their practices to accommodate changes within media and creative industries and to engage audiences? How can the creative arts and humanities facilitate new ways of understanding, communicating and responding to challenges within diverse communities and fields of practice?

We welcome submissions for papers and panels on a wide range of topics including data, publics and storytelling in a range of areas in contemporary media, communications and cultural studies as well as policy studies and creative practices.

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