CONNECTED COMMUNITIES Symposium
Culture Lab Newcastle, UK — 12th-14th September 2011
Culture Lab Newcastle is hosting an international interdisciplinary event open to the general public, on the topic of “connected communities”.
This registration page is for the first day of the symposium: 12th September 2011
Many theorists have regarded communities as networks of interacting people within a defined territory, and policy-makers have tended to respond to this particular understanding. However, in an era where digital technologies have supported transnational forms of connectedness and the efficiency of grassroot movements, communities are once again looked at as innovative fertile grounds for alternative social organisation.
In a time when these trends can be manipulated by current governmental agendas, the Connected Communities symposium aims to critically explore evolving notions of community in art, design, history, politics, sociology, journalism, and hacktivism, among others.
Focus will be shed on – but not restricted to – the following topics:
- Effects of digital technologies on community formation, self-realisation, and development;
- How creative use of technology fosters micro-communities, empowers marginalised groups and enables new forms of cultural expression;
- Socio-political impact of community connectivity on society, in particular during this period of economic change.
This symposium will take place over a period of three days at Culture Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory and a venue for engagement and public events. It will consist of :
- A conference with talks selected from submitted expressions of interests, and invited speakers.
- An exhibition and a film screening centred on the notions of community and digital media. This will include blogs, documentation of community-based art workshops, art and ethnographic projects.
- A focused hands-on workshop (half a day). A conference can provide a playful environment, and we create a temporary community of practice to explore deeper questions of community. The access will be limited to 15 people on a first come – first served basis. Invitation to subscribe will be sent when the conference program is set.
For a complete programme of the event, please visit: