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Social Media: Connected Cultures

Call for Participation 2016
The Social Media Project: 1st Global Conference
Sunday 8th May – Tuesday 10th May 2016

Prague, Czech Republic
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to start
a dialogue about the global impact, development, role and functions of
social media in the life of individuals, groups and nations. Our
experience with the world around us is informed extensively by social
media, whose uses range from mobilising global awareness of a cause,
to generating mass participation in philanthropic activities such as
the “ice bucket challenge”, to providing entertainment through
jokes, memes and human interest stories, to calling out individuals
and organisation for ridicule and condemnation. Thus, social media is
a double-edged sword where the benefits associated with inter-personal
communication, information-sharing and leisure are balanced against
the criminal activity, harassment and manipulation that takes place
through the social media channels. Although many processes in life
have already been transported from the ‘real’ world into
cyberspace, new digital media are extending deep into the foundations
of nations, cultures, societies, families, educations, businesses and
politics. By now, new media have largely moved beyond initial
anonymities of cyberculture, past avatars and pseudonyms, and into
radical categorizations and disclosures of individual personalities to
countless factions and institutions. For many of us, Internet and
mobile technology accompany every aspect of life, from birth to death,
and new generations are born into an understanding of constant
connection with friends, partners, classmates, co-workers, children,
parents, superiors or governments, for better or worse. Have these
developments made us more aware of our actions and nourished a
curiosity for the mundane as well as the extraordinary aspects of
human life? Or, has the imperative to communicate through carefully
designed virtual identities diminished the values and pleasures that
lie at the essence of engaging with other human beings?
The project seeks to understand how social media influence the life of
individuals in their various professions, relationships, roles and
identities, how they have redefined the meaning of ‘public and
private’ and established new power balances between consumers and
producers of content. New media reality affords a redefinition of
traditional paradigms and values such as ‘social,’
‘friendship,’ ‘democracy,’ ‘privacy,’ ‘freedom’ and
‘memory.’ People do not only develop intense new relationships
with each other, but also with their technology, whose proximity to
the body has decreased as much as the physical distance between people
has increased. Through this interconnectedness, people and their
technology constantly feed their presence into global networks of
commerce or surveillance, but also turn into regular witnesses of
history in the making, creating not only infinite data, but also
historical documents and ‘evidence’ for each other’s
accomplishments, failures and violations.
The first international conference of the project seeks to
focus on three major aspects of social media networking (SMN):
“sharing,” “content creation” and “communication” with a
special section reserved for the “hashtag” phenomenon. Though the
hashtag originated on Twitter, its omnipresence as well as the
evolution of its usage have invested this cultural phenomenon with
social, political, cultural, ideological, aesthetic, linguistic,
technological and economic implications that warrant closer
For this launch event, the Social Media Project invites presentations
from academics, professionals, artists and practitioners with specific
insights, experience, practices or skills. Examples of the above can
be seen in, but are not exclusive to, the following categories:
General Social Media Infrastructure

• Types and versions of social networks; histories, definitions,
appearances, applications, usages, effects; Facebook, YouTube,
Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Weibo etc., case studies, demographics

• Networking and collaboration

• Public and private, ownership and control

• Temporalities, spatiality

• Visions of humanity and civilizations, values and moralities

• Audiences, communities, producers and consumers, millennials,
digital natives

• The virtual and the real, immersion

• Spectacle, performance, fame, fans and celebrities

• Identity, visualities, selfies, profiles

• Establishing love, friendships, relationships, memberships
Utilization, actions, liberties and restrictions

• Attention, spectatorship, witnessing, archiving, collecting, point
of view, memory, deleting and forgetting

• File-sharing as form of social media (and its implications for
intellectual property, user-generated content and artistic creation)

• Use by different age groups, professions, religions, sub-cultures,
minorities, ethnicities, genders etc.

• Education, skill and knowledge acquisition

• Campaigns, activism, revolutions

• Social media in crisis, disaster, migration, war

• Business models, brands, markets and advertising; consumerism in
the age of digital media, the meaning of power and capital,
recommendations, peer-reviewing, consumer trust

• Everyday life changes, adaptations, gains and losses

• Archiving and collecting; memory, deleting, data accumulation,
timelines, portfolios, histories

• Memes, viral videos, flash mobs, “shitstorms” and other

• Following, sharing, liking, friending, poking, tagging, commenting

• Content creation and consumption, copyright, fair use

• Gaming

• Hashtags

• GPS location services, tracking
Effects, risks and dangers

• Psychological effects and medical issues, addictions, physical and
neurological symptoms

• Taboos, scandals, provocations, extremism

• Dangers, fears and security issues, crime and terror, predators

• Hate groups, trolling, bullying, harassment

• Privacy and security issues, identity theft

• Laws, governments, censorship, investigations, data mining and

• The digital divide

• Media effects

• Narrative, genre, story, reality and fiction

• Themes, topics, threads and fads

• Trolling, flame wars

• Visual and verbal communication

• Language, rhetoric, netiquette, codes

• Satire, humour, happiness and pleasure
Technology and Reception

• Mobile devices, material culture

• Wearable technology

• Media conversion

• Reception and presentation in art, on TV, in the movies and

• Social media criticism

• The role of smartphones and social media in times of crisis,
disaster, migration or revolution

• Metrics for assessing social media engagement

• Ideological implications

• Methodologies for measuring, analysing and visualising data,
hashtag datamining

• Hashtags and monetisation, hashtag campaigns, advertising,
marketing and public relations, evergreen/forever hashtags

• Hashtags as paralanguage, rules, conventions and etiquette around

• Irony, wit and humour in hashtags, hashtag games (e.g.
#FiveWordsToRuinADate), hashtag rap (e.g. Big Sean), poetry and art

• Hashtags as catalysts for groupthink and ‘hive mind’

• Hashtag journalism, Breaking News

• Issues of authenticity regarding feelings expressed in hashtags

• Hashtags and virtual citizenship and communities

• From hashtag to bashtag (e.g. #SochiProblems)

• Relationship between hashtag activism and offline activism

• Hashtags in institutional politics
Further details and information can be found at the conference web

Call for Cross-Over Presentations

The Social Media project will be meeting at the same time as a project
on Apocalypse and another project on Cars in/of Culture. We welcome
submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you
would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark
your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send

300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should
be submitted by Friday 4th December 2015.

All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind)
conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team
and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that
by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and
quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Wednesday 16th
December 2015.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of
your contribution should be submitted by Friday 18th March 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following
information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in
programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of
proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Social Media Abstract Submission
Where to Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising
Organising Chairs:

Petra Rehling: <>

Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing
project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in
English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy
volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors,
to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and
professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should
attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make
this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we
are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or

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