CfP: McMaster University Graduate Conference: Protocol

The graduate students in the MA in Communication and New Media at McMaster University are pleased to invite the submission of research and artistic presentations for our inaugural graduate conference: Protocol. Protocol might refer to the intricate technical protocols that underlie contemporary electronic communications. But protocol also refers us to descriptions and prescriptions of the new media interactions of individuals, groups and larger identity structures.

Protocol – Graduate Conference
@ the MA in Communication and New Media, McMaster University
Call for Presentations

Application Deadline: Friday 20th February 2015
Notification of Acceptance: Friday 13th March 2015
Conference Dates: Friday 8th May 2015
Submission URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=protocol2015

The concept of authority is intricately connected to aspects of new media and communication. New media technologies have challenged the authority of a range of institutional, political and societal entities. New protocols enable the creation of spaces not regulated by traditional forms of governance, while new realities are being constructed via software and technology. New media “remixes” traditional forms of knowledge, education and communication. We invite researchers to share their expertise and contributions across this interdisciplinary space, with some potential topics including (without in any way being limited to):

-New media and the redefinition of authority
-Social media and online activism/hacktivism
-Fan culture – Remix culture – Open-source culture
-Mobile devices, geo-spatial art and ubiquitous computing
-Code art, software art, code as performance
-Animated GIFs and the selfie
-New identities, spaces and models of sensory experience in digital games
-Information technologies and environmental politics/education
-Alternative models of education and research using new media
-Marketing, big data and surveillance
-Representation and misrepresentation
-The construction of identity on new media platforms

Please use the EasyChair URL above to make a submission (maximum one submission per person). Each submission should include a 500-word abstract (pasted directly into the EasyChair interface) and a 100-word biography. Where additional materials are necessary for the proper evaluation of your submission (for example, links to audio or video documentation in connection with artistic performance/presentation proposals), please provide that in the form of a web link to anonymized materials.
Questions can be directed to conference chair, Karim El-Ziftawi <elziftk@mcmaster.ca>.


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