Location and travel The conference will take place in the MIT-building (Maths and IT) at Umeå University. Registration on the first day, and all coffee breaks, will be just inside the main entrance on the ground floor. Information on getting around Umeå and the university can be found here. Detailed info about the conference space can be found in space.pdf.
Refreshments and food Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided twice per day in the entrance area (around 9:00 - 10:00, and around 14:00 - 15:00). Lunch is provided for free by showing your conference badge at Restaurant Lingon (see space.pdf) on all three days.
We are not planning any organised evening activities, but Umeå offers a lot of good eating and drinking options. For more information on this and other things to do, see here.
Please prepare a fifteen-minute presentation and have any PowerPoint, Keynote or pdf files on a USB device to transfer to the conference computers. You will be able to do this in advance of your allocated session. The people who will be looking for your files are Sam Merrill (sessions 1, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15), Ragnar Lundström (3, 4, 11, 16), and Simon Lindgren (2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14). Email the files ahead if you like.
There is no need to send a full written version of your papers prior to the conference although we do expect you to submit these (where possible) to our newly started Journal of Digital Social Research for peer-review after the conference. We are currently setting up the submission system and will send out a special call for conference presenters to submit after the conference.
Critical theories, critical methodologies and critical practices are cornerstones of digital and social media research. Such approaches are tools for questioning big data fetishism and the dominance of overly data-driven analytics. This conference wants to contribute to the advancement of critical approaches, methodologies, theories, epistemologies, practices, and ethics in this field of scholarship.
Themes and questions include:
What methodologies do we need to study digital and social media critically?
What forms and contents of critical theory do we need to analyse digital and social media critically?
What are the realities of digital and social media in the context of contemporary capitalism, surveillance, the public sphere, culture, ideology, nationalism, authoritarianism, social struggles, activism, participation, nature/the environment, education, arts and creativity?
How can we best critically study these digital realities? What are important results of such studies?