[globaloutlookDH-l] CFP: Digital Diasporas, University of London, June 6-7, 2019

Roopika Risam rrisam at gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 04:14:07 MDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share a CFP that may be of interest.

Note that there are small bursaries for students and early career



*Digital Diasporas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6 and 7 June 2019*


Venue: School of Advanced Study, Senate House (University of London)

Since Appadurai wrote on the intertwined phenomena of electronic media and
migration as disruptive and defining features of modern subjectivity
(1996), the relationship between digital technologies and diasporic
communities has emerged as a critical area of study across a number of
disciplines. However, such research risks remaining isolated within
disciplinary silos, often despite the similar processes, practices and
materials studied. This conference aims to inspire greater dialogue across
disciplinary boundaries in order to develop a richer understanding of the
role of the digital in creating and sustaining diasporic connections and
communities, and of how diasporic groups and individuals transform and
shape digital tools and technologies for their own creative and strategic

Through this dialogue it is hoped that new transdisciplinary ways of
working may develop which challenge knowledge fragmentation in order to
confront the complexity of the contemporary context of intensified cultural
and linguistic flows and new patterns of human mobility. At the same time,
drawing attention to diasporic narratives and approaches to digital culture
and technologies can function as both critique and challenge to centralised
narratives of digital progress and development often restricted to
predominantly Anglophone contexts.

We especially welcome research which pays attention to the linguistic and
cultural dimensions of digital technologies and media. This is, however,
not restricted to any specific geographical area, language or type of
community. Equally, the digital is intended to encompass the fullest range
of digital practices, materials and technologies, while the conference aims
to include methodological and analytical approaches ranging across, for
example, ethnographic, cultural studies and computational approaches.

Areas of particular, but not exclusive, interest include:

Social media and migration focused research;

Multilingualism and digitally mediated communications;

Histories of the internet and web archives research;

Ethnographies of the internet and uses of digital technologies (including
research combining offline-online methods);

Digital media, cultural and visual studies;

Digital and diasporic cultural memory;

Digitally mapping and visualising migrations and diasporic networks, with
attention to ethical and political concerns.

Invited keynote and panel speakers include: Jannis Androutsopoulos
(Universität Hamburg); Tobias Blanke (King’s College London); Alexandra
Georgakopoulou (King’s College London); Agnieszka Lyons (Queen Mary,
University of London); Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths, University of London);
Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University); Roopika Risam (Salem State
University); Caroline Tagg (The Open University); Funda Ustek-Spilda
(London School of Economics/Goldsmiths); Janet Zmroczek (British Library)

We invite abstract submissions for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts
should be between 150-300 words in length (the bibliography does not count
towards the word limit). Presentations can be on previously published
research or ongoing projects. We intend to develop a Special Issue or
edited volume which will include an invited selection of the research
presented at the conference.

In order to incorporate emerging work in progress, particularly from
ongoing PhD projects, the conference will have space for a smaller number
of lightning research talks of 5-7 minutes for which we also invite
abstracts of 100-200 words.

Please submit through EasyChair:

*T**he deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.* Accepted papers will
be confirmed by 1 February 2019.

We also have a small number of bursaries of £100 to contribute towards
travel and/or accommodation costs for postgraduate students or Early Career
Researchers (within 8 years of receiving a PhD) whose submissions are
accepted and who have restricted access to alternative funding for
conference attendance. If you would like to be considered for an award,
please attach with your submission a pdf or word document with a short
statement of no more than 300 words explaining what the benefits of
attending the conference would be for you and your research.

Roopika Risam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives
Salem State University
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