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[liberationtech] Deadline Extended: "Theorizing the Web" Conference @ University of Maryland - April, 9th 2011

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Sun Feb 6 14:48:55 PST 2011

Apologies for cross posting...

Final deadline for abstracts is February 20th, 2011.  Please circulate

Date: April 9th, 2011

Keynote Speaker: danah boyd (Microsft Research New England)

Participants Include: George Ritzer (U. of MD), Jessie Daniels (Hunter
College, NYC), Zeynep Tufekci (U. of MD Baltimore County), Jenny Davis
(Texas A&M), Katie King (U. of MD), Bonnie Stewart, (U. of Prince
Edward Island), Stephanie Vineyard (Georgetown U.), Jes Koepler (U. of
MD), Mark Matienzo (Yale).

Call for Papers: The goal of the conference is to expand the range and
depth of theory used to help us make sense of how the Internet,
digitality, and technology have changed the ways humans live. We hope
to bring together researchers (particularly graduate students and
junior faculty) from a range of disciplines, including sociology,
communications, philosophy, economics, English, history, political
science, information science, the performing arts and many more. In
addition, we invite session and other proposals by tech-industry
professionals, journalists, and other figures outside of academia.

Topics will include:

• Identity and self-presentation: concerns of privacy and publicity on the

• Surveillance, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and secrecy online

• The blurring of online and offline, real and virtual, cyborgism and
augmented reality

• The Internet and the changing nature of capitalism

• How power and inequality (e.g., the Digital Divide) manifest on the Web

• Political activism/slacktivism online

• Bodies and sexuality in the Digital Age

• “Relationship Status” and Online dating

• “Prosumption” (i.e., the convergence of production and consumption online)

• Global implications of the Internet (or of the multiple Internets)

• McDonaldization, rationalization and the Web

• Intersections of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and
disability with respect to any of the above topics.

Submit abstracts and/or register online at:

For further inquiries, email: ttw2011 at

Hope to see you there!

PJ Rey

Conference Co-Chair

Department of Sociology
University of Maryland

2112 Art-Sociology Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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