Symposium – Net Cultures: Mobility and Location in Social Networks

Adriana de Souza e Silva and her colleagues at the Centre for Network Culture are organising an interesting event on ‘Net-Cultures: Mobility and Location in Social Networks’ on the 29th of April 2011.

The program can be found here and includes a keynote by Mimi Sheller on Mobile Art – Locating Mobile Network Cultures. Let me know if anyone is going, I might be tempted…

This is more information from their website:

The symposium will address topics, such as:

  • Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life practices;
  • New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative social media;
  • Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to location-based social networks;
  • Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / performance design;
  • Civic engagement and political participation through mobile social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
  • Learning and education potentials of mobile and location-based media;

The Center investigates the notion of networked culture, which we see as one of the
defining characteristics of the contemporary world. The current discourse of
networked cultures and globalization processes often assumes the growing
insignificance of national boundaries and local identities. We argue that the global is
not about to replace the local, but that these structures are being shifted and
reconfigured. We believe that there is a need to further examine the relation between
the local and the global, in order to understand how people are interacting in a
networked world.

Networked interactions permeate our world. We no longer enter the Internet – we
carry it with us. We experience it while moving through physical spaces. Mobile
phones, GPS receivers, and RFID tags are only a few examples of location-aware
mobile technologies that mediate our interaction with networked spaces and the
people in them. And increasingly, our physical location determines the types of
information with which we interact, and the people and things we find around us.
These new kinds of networked interactions manifest in everyday social practices that
are supported by the use of mobile technologies, such as participation in locationbased
mobile games and social networks, engagement with location-based services,
development of mobile annotation projects, and social mapping, just to name a few.
The engagement with these practices has important implications for identity
construction, our sense of privacy, our notions of place and space, civic and political
participation, policy making, as well as cultural production and consumption in
everyday life.

This event will host a group of internationally recognized scholars interested in
exploring how we experience our locally-rooted networked interactions

Organizing committee:

Adriana de Souza e Silva
Bjarki Valtysson
Isabel Froes
Ida Toft (RA, CNC)

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