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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Understanding Global Digital Cultures Symposium Event

Global Digital Cultures
25 - 26 April 2015
Hong Kong

For more information regarding this event, please email Brian Loader at .

Event details

For the 2015 WUN AGM in Hong Kong, the Understanding Culture Global Challenge group is organising a symposium on Understanding Global Digital Cultures. You are invited to send in an abstract in response to the attached call for papers.

Ever since the Internet Developed into a World Wide Web there has been speculation about its potential to breakdown national Cultural barriers. In the early years of largely western dominance proclamations about the emancipatory nature of cyberspace were only matched by charges of cultural colonization by consumer brands. In more recent times however this suggestion  of the emergence of a homogenous online digital culture has been significantly challenged. Today at least 40% of Internet users are Chinese and many more languages and cultures are now online. We Have also witnessed a resurgence of national, ethnic and identity cultures flourishing on the Internet.

Facilitated by Social media Platforms these new media technologies have given rise to a much more complex picture of cultural diversity and multiplicity. What Is clear is that the new media ecology is likely to have a significant influence upon the maintenance, threats, opportunities and emergence of cultural forms. This two-day symposium will seek to explore the emergence and development of global digital cultures through a number of themes including, but not limited to the following:

  • Influence upon indigenous cultures
  • ;Governance of the Internet and how International negotiations might influence cultural identities
  • Social media as cultural artefacts
  • Global branding
  • Resistance And culture jamming
  • Participatory cultures
  • New Cultural politics
  • Internet generations
  • Population mobility and social connectivity
  • Surveillance and public cultures
  • Cultural development through social media
  • Digital archives, narratives and memory.

Please submit title, abstract and brief biosketch for consideration to Brian D. Loader ( by Monday 6th October 2014.


Please read the attached document for more information.

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