Call for papers: Redirecting the Potentials of the Digital Age

12 June 2019, 14:30 - 16:30

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Iteration as Persuasion Symposium: ‘Redirecting the potentials of the digital age’


The internet and new digital media technologies are increasingly talked about as “dangerous”, “deadly” even, in terms of their imagined or felt societal implications. These conversations have tended to limit our ability to talk about what developments in digital culture are actually doing, in their present moment, and what they could do for us in the future. This interdisciplinary symposium is an attempt to engage each other in more complex discussions about where we see technological affordances taking us. How does digital repetition trigger emotions, nudge behaviours, (re-)form habits, construct identities, (re)perform traditions, (re)produce beliefs? The underlying question to be addressed is how the digital environment itself persuades. We welcome papers that address these or any other aspects of the digital environment, and/or how we could harness those same negative structures to a positive end. The proceedings are to be published as a special issue of AI and Society journal.

Students and researchers of all disciplines and levels, including creative artists, are encouraged to submit 200-300 word proposals, with a short biography. Informal enquiries can be addressed to 
Deadline for final abstracts is Tuesday April 30th 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified on May 14th.

Part of the ‘Iteration as Persuasion’ series at CRASSH, held by the “Re-” Interdisciplinary Network, A Mellon-Newton Faculty Research Network.