PARGC 2016 Symposium

Convergence and Disjuncture in Global Digital Culture
06 Apr 2016 - 4:00pm to 07 Apr 2016 - 7:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Rooms 500 & 109
Open to the Public

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?

This event is organized in collaboration with Labex OBVIL, Sorbonne-Universités.

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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 
Digital Materialism

Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania 
The Conceptual Practices of Global Digital Cultures

Chair: Marwan M. Kraidy, ASC

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 Experiment with Online Television 

Marwan M. Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania
Daesh: Elements of a Theory of Rogue Digital Culture 

Chair: Jessa Lingel, ASC

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

Chair: Elisabetta Ferrari, ASC 

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 Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University 
Dgital 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 

Chair: Guobin Yang, ASC

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 

Chair: Katerina Girginova, ASC

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 

Chair: Kate Zambon, ASC

5:35 - 5:45 PM
Closing remarks

5:45 - 7:00 PM
ASC, Forum Lobby

Registration is required, click here to RSVP.


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