University of Pennsylvania
Annenberg School for Communication, Rooms 500 & 109
Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication
Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D.
Guobin Yang, Ph.D.
This event is organized in collaboration with Labex OBVIL, Sorbonne-Universités.
Is There a Global Digital Culture? The 2016 Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) Symposium considers this question as an intellectual provocation to revisit how the universal relates to the particular, the global to the local, the digital to the material, the human to the post-human. Symposium participants will grapple with the problematic notion of “global digital culture,” exploring dynamics of convergence and disjuncture in the digital era. What is the twin impact of digitization and globalization on philosophies like humanism and universalism? How do networks transmute individual autonomy and the sovereignty of the body? How is digital culture fomenting disjuncture across the globe, in dissident, marginal, or rogue formations? How is the digital affecting the ways people work and play, how they experience and judge beauty, and how they express themselves? Most fundamentally, does digitization herald a new chapter in how we understand ourselves to be citizens of the world?
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
ASC, Room 500
4:00 - 4:10 PM
4:10 - 5:30 PM
Panel I - Is There a Global Digital Culture? Universalism, Materialism and Multiplicity
Anita Chan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures, Digital Memory and the Myth of Digital Universalism
Milad Doueihi, Sorbonne Universités
Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania
The Conceptual Practices of Global Digital Cultures
5:30 - 6:30 PM
ASC, Plaza Lobby
Thursday, April 7, 2016
ASC, Room 109
8:30 - 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 AM
9:10 - 10:30 AM
Panel II - Is There a Global Rogue Digital Culture?
Hector Amaya, University of Virginia
The Cultures of Anonymity and Violence in the Mexican Blogosphere
Alex Fattal, Pennsylvania State University
Uploading the News after Coming Down from the Mountain: The FARC’s Transition from Guerrilla Propaganda to Modern Media Politics
Marwan M. Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania
Daesh: Elements of a Theory of Rogue Digital Culture
10:30 - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:05 PM
Panel III - Is There a Global Digital Labor Culture?
Antonio Casilli, Telecom Paris-Tech
Digital Labor Studies Go Global: How to Avoid the Neo-Colonial Trap
Lilly Irani, University of California, San Diego
Interfaced Labors: Difference and Accumulation Across the API
Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan
The Labor of Producing the Digital: Navajo Women’s Cultural Work at Fairchild Semiconductor 1965-1975
12:05 - 1:05 PM
1:05 - 2:25 PM
Panel IV - Is There a Global Digital Ludic Culture?
Payal Arora, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Fifty Shades of Privacy: Facebook Practices from the Margins of Brazil and India
Dal Yon Jin, Simon Fraser University
Digital Platform as a Double-edged Sword: How to Interpret Cultural Flows in the Age of the Platform
Vit Sisler, Charles University, Prague
From Neglected Media to Ludic Century? Video Games and the Asymmetry of Global Cultural Flows
2:25 - 2:40 PM
2:40 - 4:00 PM
Panel V - Is There a Global Digital Aesthetic?
Olga Goriunova, Royal Holloway University of London
Idiot, Lurker, Troll: Conceptual Personae in Digital Media
Laura U. Marks, Simon Fraser University
The Scrappy Beauties of Handmade Digital Culture
Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University
The Visual Commons #BlackLivesMatter
4:00 - 4:15 PM
4:15 - 5:35 PM
Panel VI - Migration and Digital Culture
Dana Diminescu, Télécom ParisTech
Migration Traceability: For a Digital Theory of Migration
Anna Everett, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid! Cyberterrorism and Fear of Migrating Brown Bodies and Hashtag Activism
Nabil Echchaibi, University of Colorado-Boulder
Religious Digitopias and the Muslim Diaspora
5:35 - 5:45 PM
5:45 - 7:00 PM
ASC, Forum Lobby
Registration is required. Contact PARGC@asc.upenn.edu.