[Humanist] 28.508 events: capitalism/commonism? Renaissance studies

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 508.
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  [1]   From:    William Bowen <william.bowen at utoronto.ca>                 (34)
        Subject: RSA 2016 (Boston) cfp re new technologies

  [2]   From:    Christian Fuchs <christian.fuchs at uti.at>                 (187)
        Subject: Call: 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and
                Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism?
                Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical
                Theory.


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        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:43:19 +0000
        From: William Bowen <william.bowen at utoronto.ca>
        Subject: RSA 2016 (Boston) cfp re new technologies


New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
RSA 2016, 31 March - 2 April, Boston MA

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching sponsored by Iter (http://www.itergateway.org).

Panels at the 2016 meeting (31 March - 2 April, Boston) will continue to explore new and emerging projects and methodologies -- this year also featuring virtual presentations and interactions at and in advance of the conference in Boston, in partnership with Iter Community.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, and or poster / demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance Studies.  Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 (http://bit.ly/1tn6rsd) and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (http://bit.ly/1zJiaqp).

Please send proposals before 15 April 2015 to Iter.RSA.NewTechnologies at gmail.com<mailto:Iter.RSA.NewTechnologies at gmail.com>. Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph biographical CV, as well as an indication of whether you would consider or prefer a virtual presentation. Through the generous support of Iter for these panels, we are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels in Boston; those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission.

William R. Bowen
University of Toronto Scarborough

Laura Estill
Texas A&M University

Diane Jakacki
Bucknell University

Ray Siemens
University of Victoria

Michael Ullyot
University of Calgary

William R. Bowen, Chair
Department of Arts, Culture and Media
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, H409A
Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1A4

tel: 416 208-5116
fax: 416 287-7116
acm-chair at utsc.utoronto.ca<mailto:acm-chair at utsc.utoronto.ca>

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William R. Bowen, Chair
Department of Arts, Culture and Media
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, H409A
Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1A4

tel: 416 208-5116
fax: 416 287-7116
acm-chair at utsc.utoronto.ca<mailto:acm-chair at utsc.utoronto.ca>

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        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:49:32 +0000
        From: Christian Fuchs <christian.fuchs at uti.at>
        Subject: Call: 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.


5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a 
Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political 
Economy and Critical Theory.

http://icts-and-society.net/events/5th-icts-and-society-conference/

Part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015: Information Society at the 
Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information.
Vienna University of Technology.
Vienna, Austria
June 3-7, 2015.

The information society has come with the promise  to restore 
information as a commons. The promise has not yet proven true. Instead, 
we face trends towards the commercialisation and commoditisation of all 
information; towards the totalisation of surveillance and the extension 
of the battlefield to civil society through information warfare; towards 
disinfotainment overflow; towards a collapse of the technological 
civilisation itself.

The Vienna Summit is a multi-conference and is at the same time the 5th 
ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a 
Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political 
Economy and Critical Theory.

Given that the information society and the study of information face a 
world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the 
Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society 
Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main 
challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism 
today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there? 
What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the 
relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal 
developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can 
critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet 
and social media today?

Presentations and submissions are organised in the form of 23 panel 
topics (ICT&S1-ICT&S23; please indicate the panel identification number 
to which you submit in your submisison):

* ICT&S1 The Internet and Critical Theory:
What does it mean to study the Internet, social media and society today 
in a critical way? What are Critical Internet Studies, Critical 
Political Economy and Critical Theories of Social Media?

* ICT&S2 The Internet, Karl Marx, and Marxist Theory:
How can classical forms of critical theory and critical political 
economy – e.g. the works of e.g. Karl Marx, the Frankfurt School, 
Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication, Critical and 
Marxist Cultural Studies, Socialist Feminism, Theories of Imperialism, 
Raymond Williams’ cultural materialism, etc – be used for understanding 
the Internet and social media today?

* ICT&S3 The Internet, Commodities and Capitalism:
What is the role of the Internet and social media in the context of the 
commodity logic in contemporary capitalism?

* ICT&S4 The Political Economy of Online Advertising
How can we best critically understand, analyse and combat the role of 
advertising on the Internet and the role of online advertising in 
capitalism? What are the problems of online advertising culture? How 
would a world without advertising and an advertising-free Internet look 
like?

* ICT&S5 The Internet and Power:
How do power structures, exploitation, domination, class, digital 
labour, commodification of the communication commons, ideology, and 
audience/user commodification, and surveillance shape the Internet and 
social media? What is the relationship of exploitation and domination on 
the Internet?

* ICT&S6 Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism and the Internet:
How can we use theoretical insights from Raymond Williams’ cultural 
materialism for critically understanding the Internet and social media 
today?

* ICT&S7 Dallas Smythe and the Internet:
How can we use insights from Dallas Smythe’s political economy of 
communication for critically understanding the Internet and social media 
today?

* ICT&S8 Critical Cultural Studies Today: Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart 
and the Internet:
What is the legacy of Stuart Hall and Richard Hoggart’s versions of 
cultural studies for critically understanding the Internet? What kind of 
cultural studies do we need in the 21st century? And what is in this 
context the relationship of culture and capitalism and the relationship 
of critical cultural studies to Marxist theory?

* ICT&S9 The Frankfurt School and the Internet:
How can insights of various generations of the Frankfurt School be used 
for critically theorising the Internet? What are commonalities and 
differences between a Frankfurt School approach and other forms of 
critical theory for understanding the Internet?

* ICT&S10 Marxist Semiotics, Marxist Linguistics, Critical Psychology, 
Marxism and the Internet:
How can Marxist semiotics and Marxist theories of language, information, 
psychology and communication (e.g. Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, Valentin 
Voloshinov, Klaus Holzkamp, Georg Klaus, Lev Vygotsky, Aleksei Leontiev, 
Mikhail Bakhtin, etc.) be used today for critically understanding the 
Internet?

* ICT&S11 The Internet and Global Capitalism:
What is the role of the Internet and social media in contemporary global 
capitalism? What is the role of developing countries, especially Africa, 
and emerging economies such as China and India in the world of the 
Internet and social media?

* ICT&S12 The Internet and Neoliberalism with Chinese Characteristics:
Chinese WWW platforms such as Baidu, Taobao, Qq, Sina, Weibo, etc. are 
besides Californian platforms the most prominent ones on the web. What 
is the role of social media in Chinese capitalism? What is the role of 
the Internet in networked working class struggles in China?

* ICT&S13 The Political Economy of Digital Labour:
What is digital labour and how do exploitation and surplus-value 
generation work on the Internet? Which forms of exploitation and class 
structuration do we find on the Internet, how do they work, what are 
their commonalities and differences? How does the relation between toil 
and play change in a digital world? How do classes and class struggles 
look like in 21st century informational capitalism?

* ICT&S14 The Political Economy of the Internet and the Capitalist State 
Today:
How does the relationship of capitalism, state power, and the Internet 
look like today? What is the role of state surveillance and surveillance 
ideologies in policing the crisis of capitalism? How does the 
relationship of the Internet and state power’s various forms of 
regulation, control, repression, violence and surveillance look like and 
what is the influence of capitalism on state power and vice versa in the 
context of the Internet?

* ICT&S15 Ideology Critique 2.0: Ideologies of and on the Internet:
What are ideologies of and on the Internet, web 2.0, and social media, 
how do they work, and how can they be deconstructed and criticised?

* ICT&S16 Hegel 2.0: Dialectical Philosophy and the Internet:
What contradictions, conflicts, ambiguities, and dialectics shape 21st 
century information society and social media? How can we use Hegel and 
Marxist interpretations of Hegel for critically understanding Internet 
dialectics?

* ICT&S17 Capitalism and Open Access Publishing:
What changes has academic publishing been undergoing in contemporary 
capitalism? What are the potentials of academic open access publishing 
for the re-organisation of the publishing world ? What problems do 
non-commercial open access publishing face in capitalism and capitalist 
academia? How can these problems be overcome? What are the problems of 
capitalist forms of open access publishing? What progressive political 
measures and demands should be made in order to foster non-commercial 
open access publishing?

* ICT&S18 Class Struggles, Social Struggles and the Internet:
What is the role of counter-power, resistance, struggles, social 
movements, civil society, rebellions, uproars, riots, revolutions, and 
political transformations in 21st century information society and how 
(if at all) are they connected to social media? What struggles are 
needed in order to establish a commonist Internet and a 21st century 
democratic-commonist society? How can we use critical theory for 
interpreting phenomena such as online leaking, Edward Snowden, 
WikiLeaks, Wikipedia, federated social networks, Anonymous, hacktivism, 
Pirate Parties, privacy advocates, the free/libre/open source (FLOSS) 
movement, the open source, open hardware and open content movement, 
etc., and what is the relationships of such political expressions to 
capitalism, anti-capitalism, liberalism, and socialism?

* ICT&S19 Critical/Radical Internet Studies, the University and Academia 
Today:
What are the challenges and problems for teaching and conducting 
research about the Internet a critical and radical perspective? What can 
be done to overcome existing limits and problems?

* ICT&S20 The Internet and the Left:
How could a 21st century Left best look like and what is the role of the 
Internet for such a Left? What is the historical, contemporary, and 
possible future relationship of Critical Internet Studies and the Left? 
What is the role of the Internet in left-wing movements? What problems 
do such movements face in relation to the media, communications, the 
Internet, and social media?

* ICT&S21 Anti-Capitalist Feminism and the Internet Today:
What is the role of and relationship of identity politics and 
anti-capitalism for feminist studies of the Internet today? How can we 
best study capitalist patriarchy in the context of the Internet and 
social media?

* ICT&S22 The Internet, Right-Wing Extremism and Fascism Today:
How do far-right movements and parties use the Internet and social 
media? How should a left-wing anti-fascist strategy that combats online 
right-wing extremism look like?

* ICT&S23 An Alternative Internet:
What is a commonist/communist Internet? What is an alternative Internet? 
What are alternative social media? How do they relate to the commons and 
commonism as a 21st century form of communism? Which problems do 
alternative Internet platforms face? What needs to be done in order to 
overcome these problems?

Online SUBMISSION:
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/icts
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/page/instructions
Please submit an extended abstract of 750-2000 words:
First register and then select the conference “ISIS Summit Vienna 2015” 
and the conference stream “ICTS 2015”
Only one submission per person will be considered
Please indicate the number/ID of the panel to which you are submitting 
at the start of your abstract (ICTSxx). Submissions without panel 
identifier or that fall outside the topics covered by the 23 panels will 
not be further considered.

Submission deadline:
February 27, 2015

Registration Fee:
120 Euros (early bird registration in the ICTs and Society conference 
stream, registration no later than April 3, 2015)







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