[csaa-forum] Digital Intimacies 3.0: Connections & Disconnections, RMIT, Nov 13-15

Brady Robards brady.robards at monash.edu
Thu May 25 15:18:18 ACST 2017

Hello CSAA! Please see the below call for abstracts for the third annual
Digital Intimacies symposium, this year to be held in Melbourne at RMIT. We
hope you will consider joining us.




*Digital Intimacies 3.0: Connections & Disconnections - Call for Papers*
November 13-15, 2017

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Abstracts due: June 30

Convenors: Jenny Kennedy (RMIT), Brady Robards (Monash), and Tania Lewis

Keynotes: Prof. Kath Albury (Swinburne) and more to be announced

Digital media have come to occupy a central role in the mediation,
recording, and remembering of intimate lives: from geolocative traces,
romantic relationships on Facebook, private Snapchats, pictures of newborns
on Instagram, and hook-ups on Tinder or Grindr, to shared survival stories
of assault and sexual violence on Reddit.

Going beyond the logic of connectivity and sharing that dominates much of
the research into digital media, Light (2014) has drawn attention to the
various ways in which digital media can also operate as sites of
disconnection. As digital traces of lives mediated in digital spaces bleed
and permeate, echoes of intimacies are regularly resurfaced: untagged
photos, archived emails, unfriended people, deleted apps. These traces
evidence episodes of disconnection as much as connection.

- What can the study of digital media reveal about disconnections in our
intimate lives?
- In what ways do digital media shape both our connections and
- What questions are raised about what (or who) we delete and how we
- What is the role of automation in intimate connections and disconnections?

Following the success of the first two Digital Intimacies symposia, held at
UQ and hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
(IASH), convened by Amy Dobson, Nic Carah, and Brady Robards, this year we
are bringing the event to Melbourne, to be hosted at RMIT by the School of
Media and Communication.

The single stream symposium will run for two days, November 13 + 14, 2017.
This year, there will be an optional third day (November 15) of
collaborative workshops. The idea here is to capture the energy from the
symposium and provide space for collaborative work and further discussions.

We are again calling for paper abstracts on the themes of digital media and
intimate lives, with particular interest around the theme of connection and

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to jenny.kennedy at rmit.edu.au by
June 30, 2017. We will send notifications of acceptances out by mid-July.
We are hoping to make this a low-cost event, especially for students, but
there may be a small registration fee to cover costs.

*Dr Brady Robards*
Lecturer in Sociology

School of Social Sciences,
Monash University

+61 3 9905 2465 <+61%203%209905%202465>
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