Theorizing the Web 2013 (#TtW13) Conference
Deadline for Abstracts: Sunday, January 6th
Society has been infiltrated by new digital technologies with potentially profound consequences. It makes sense to ask what’s changed? How has it changed? How much? Researchers and companies have gathered enormous amounts of data to ostensibly answer these questions, but the full implications of this data too often go unexplored. The Web is not a new, separate sphere, but part of the same social reality about which critical social theorist have produced several centuries worth of insight. These theories may be profitably used, tweaked, or even abandoned in light of contemporary realities. What previous theoretical tools help us understand these changes? What new theories should be created?
Now in its third year, the Theorizing the Web conference seeks to bring together an inter/non-disciplinary group of scholars, journalists, artists, and commentators to theorize the Web. As in the past, we encourage critical discussions of power, social inequality, and social justice.
The keynote speaker for this year is scholar David Lyon, author of many books on surveillance technologies and society (most recently Liquid Surveillance with Zygmunt Bauman), who will discuss the significance and nuances of surveillance in the social and digital media environment. How well do pre-existing theories of social observation, such as panopticism, map onto new realities such as Facebook? Do we need new conceptual tools?