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[Call for participation] Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data

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[Call for participation] Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data

10-11 November 2017, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden
Joint Conference of two ECREA Sections: Communication and Democracy;
and Media Industries and Cultural Production

Abstract Deadline 1 June 2017

Keynote speakers
* Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield)
* Joseph Turow (University of Pennsylvania)
* Mikkel Flyverbom (Copenhagen Business School)

The coordinates of democracy, civic engagement and political
participation are being fundamentally reconfigured in the context of
digital media, Big Data and algorithmic culture, and so too are the
media industries. This joint conference of the ECREA Communication and
Democracy and Media Industries and Cultural Production Sections
provides the opportunity to analyse and assess these changes.

The constant need to measure and capture our behavior and attitudes has
consequences for our political agency and subjectivities. What do big
data and algorithmic culture mean in the context of democratic
participation and engagement? What are the consequences of ubiquitous
surveillance, preemptive policing and social bots for our understanding
of democracy and exercise of civic rights? How do current discussions
of political agency in the digital age compare to previous moments of
disruption in terms of the introduction of media technologies?

Big data and issues related to algorithmic governance have become a
major topic of enquiry in the context of media industries as well.
`Legacy media’ are trying to respond by integrating new digital
services with their existing ones and new data-driven journalistic and
media production practices emerge. This presents policy challenges, as,
for example, public service media need to adapt to a situation in which
data is increasingly commercialized. There are implications too for
media workers in this new moment. In this context, we wish to explore
issues related to the integration of Big Data and the media industries
as well as online production, creativity and digital labour.

During this section conference, we aim to engage with questions
concerning datafication, media industries and (digital) democracy
through addressing topics such as (but not limited to):

* Political subjectivities and political agency in the age of Big
* Political consequences of storing, processing and organizing of
* Civic engagement and political participation in times of Big Data
* Surveillance and preemptive policing
* Materiality and environmental issues of Big Data and algorithmic
* New actors and discourses in the context of datafication
* Democratic potential of Big Data and algorithmic culture
* Algorithmic taste management in the media industries
* Archives and archiving of cultural production and civic engagement
* Media work and labour in datafied media industries
* Data Journalism

A YECREA workshop on « Digital methods for studying algorithms:
complicating the socio-technical relation » facilitated by Annette
Markham will be arranged for doctoral students, post-docs and early
career scholars. The workshop will take place in the afternoon of the
9th November. More details are to follow.
Submission details
Please submit a 300-word abstract for individual proposals
Panel proposals should include a 300-word panel rationale plus
individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.
All abstracts for individual as well as panel proposals should be
Deadline for submission is 1 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance
will be issued by 15 August 2017.
Registration and Fees
Early bird registration EUR50 (until 1 September 2017)
Early bird reduced student fee EUR30 (until 1 September)
Full fees EUR75
Reduced student fee EUR40
Organising Committee:
Göran Bolin, Hanne Bruun, David Hesmondhalgh, Anne Kaun, Maria
Michalis, Maria Kyriakidou, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Julie Uldam, Julia

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