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Theorising Digital Society

University of Canberra, 14th September 2015

Teal Room, INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra

Registration details on the Eventbrite website

Drawing inspiration from the successful 'Theorizing the Web' conferences held annually in the USA since 2011, this one-day symposium will present new research that brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary digital media and other digital technologies. The keynote speaker is Professor Susan Halford, Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and Co-Director of the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, UK.


9.00-9.45: Welcome from Deborah Lupton and keynote by Susan Halford, University of Southampton, UK - Digital Society and the End of Theory?

9.45-10:00: The Politics of Sexting Revisited: Digital Self-Representation and Sexual Citizenship - Kath Albury, University of New South Wales

10.00-10.15: "The Internet Made Me Do It": Theorising the 'Bias' of Digital Media - David Collis, University of Melbourne

10.15-10.30: The Empirical Turn in Publics Research: Mapping the Mediated Sociality of Publics, Discourse Events, and Media Events - Glen Fuller, University of Canberra

10.30-10.45: What is the Digital State? Of Hyperlinks, Webpages, Websites, Web Portals and Digital Tools - Paul Henman, University of Queensland

10:45-11.00: Question time

11.00-11.30: Morning tea break

11.30-11.45: Digital Practices and Travelling Practices in Contemporary Academia - Andrew Glover (presenter), Tania Lewis, Yolande Strengers and Jolynna Sinanan, RMIT

11.45-12.00: Who is this Redchanit?': Applying Digital Methods for Issue Mapping to One Week of #gamergate - Jean Burgess and Ariadna Matamoros (presenter), QUT

12.00-12.15: Reframing Technologies of Self-Knowledge - Suneel Jethani, University of Melbourne

12.15-12.30: The Excessive Other: Desiring and Not Desiring the Smartphone - Clare Southerton, Australian National University

12.30-12.45: Serendipity: the Role of Social Networks and Networked Digital Technologies in Transforming the Mechanisms for Social Mobility - Alexia Maddox, Deakin University

12.45-1.00: Question time

1.00-1.30: Lunch break

1.30-1.45: Ethical Labour in Digital Society - Mathieu O'Neil, University of Canberra

1.45-2.00: Putting Homelessness in the Picture: Connectivity and Inclusion in a Digital Society - Justine Humphry, University of Western Sydney

2.00-2.15: Computing Brains: Learning Algorithms and Neuroscience in the Smart City - Ben Williamson, University of Stirling, UK

2.15-2.30: The Internet of Things and the Trope of Control - Miranda Bruce and Maria Hynes (presenter), Australian National University

2.30-2.45: Neuromarketing and the Not-Yet Human: Digitally Preconfiguring 'Poor in World' Consumers - Selina Nemorin, Monash University

2.45-3.00: Question time

3.00-3.15: Tea and coffee break

3.00-3.15: Theorizing Digital Social Networks and the Problem of Knowledge-Blindness:  The Case of the Climate Sceptic Blogosphere - Mathew Toll, University of Sydney

3.15-3.30: Digital Technologies, Online Connections and the Virtual Habitus - Nicola Johnson, Federation University 

3.30-3.45: Network Character: Social Character in the Network SocietyEvelyn Honeywill, Macquarie University

3.45-4.00: Question time

4.00: Close