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Building on a collaboration between the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, Media@McGill at McGill Univeristy, and Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, we aim to explore the possibilities of disconnection in digital culture through a series of workshops. Current discourses on digital culture often link media technologies to immediate delivery and constant availability that result in the experience of hurried lives and a culture of speed (Davis, 2013; Rosa, 2013; Sharma, 2014; Tomlinson, 2007). However, in this context practices and technologies of disconnection emerge as well. We are interested in exploring how disconnection, i.e. the non-usage of digital media technologies is constructed as being of economic, cultural, social and political value in contemporary, information affluent societies. As the abundance of media technologies contributes to the necessity to make choices for connection or disconnection, use or non-use, participation or abstention, these choices are becoming of interest to the digital economy.

Date: 12 December

Location: Södertörn University, Sweden, PA238

The workshop explores

  • Disconnection and non-usage as resistance
  • The politics of non-participation and disconnection
  • Disruptive media

Speakers:
Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto)
Sophie Toupin (McGill)
Maxigas (Central European University)
Johan Söderberg (Gothenburg University)
Mel Hogan (University of Calgary)

Discussants
Christian Schwarzenegger (Augsburg University)
Anne Kaun (Södertörn University)
Carina Guyard (Södertörn University)

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