Scholars Program Symposium on Digital Culture

Directed by Sandra González-Bailón, Paul Messaris, Joseph Turow and Guobin Yang
04 Dec 2015 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109
Open to the Public

The Scholars Program Symposium is part of an annual series at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Each year Barbie Zelizer, Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, chooses an Annenberg faculty member(s) to coordinate the symposium who then works with a selected group of doctoral students. The symposium directors and student committee create a theme, select speakers, arrange panels and organize the event along with Program Coordinator Emily Plowman. Often the papers presented at each symposium have been published by Routledge in a series edited by Professor Zelizer

RSVP REQUIRED: Emily Plowman


The digital environment’s impact on culture permeates most aspects of everyday life, but often in unrecognized or unarticulated ways. This symposium tracks some of the key platforms in which digital culture takes shape — data formation, images, commerce and politics. Offering a close examination of these intersections where digitization and culture meet, the symposium considers how digital impulses add and detract from existing cultural formations and under which circumstances digital culture most fruitfully asserts its presence. 

9:30am - 9:45am
Michael X. Delli Carpini
Barbie Zelizer

9:45am - 11:00am
VISUALIZING DIGITAL DATA directed by Sandra González-Bailón
Isabel Meirelles
Lev Manovich
Katherine Ognyanova

11:15am - 12:45pm
THE DIGITAL IMAGE directed by Paul Messaris
Linda Scott
Mette Mortensen
Paul Levinson
Kelly Gates

2:00pm - 3:30pm
MOBILE MEDIA and DIGITAL COMMERCE directed by Joseph Turow
Elizabeth Dwoskin
Aaron Smith
Christian Sandvig
Vince Manzerolle

3:45pm - 5:15pm
POLITICS OF THE DIGITAL directed by Guobin Yang
Sonia Livingstone
Ben Peters
Veronica Barassi
André Brock

5:15pm - 5:30pm
Opeyemi Akanbi
Joshua Becker
Elisabetta Ferrari
Yilang Peng
Led by Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication

Seating is limited; breakfast, refreshments, lunch and an evening reception will be available to those who attend.

Questions/Comments/RSVP: Emily Plowman.

This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.