Graduates’ Conference 2022
The graduates’ conference “un:real Spaces of Interaction” by and for master’s students and doctoral candidates will take place from November 4-5. Abstracts can be submitted through June 20.
Call for Papers and Participation
un:real Spaces of Interaction.
Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction.
A conference by and for master’s students and doctoral candidates
Dates: 04 – 05.11.22
Proposals for contributions until 30.06.22 via Sessionize, registration starting July 2022
The graduate conference “un:real Spaces of Interaction. Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction” focuses on media-specific interaction spaces and the construction of social orders and realities. Therefore, the overarching question of the conference is concerned with the emergence, change, and shaping of interaction spaces in the spectrum between human-human and human-machine, in which actors communicate with each other through or with technologies.
Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has given new importance to understanding and thinking about interaction spaces, online and offline. Following Erving Goffman’s notion of interaction and related key aspects of interactions, we consider how media-specific interactions are understood and analysed within media studies and media linguistic perspectives. Possible approaches include interface studies and affect theory as well as sociolinguistic studies of human-machine interaction and multimodal interaction analysis. Despite the different theoretical and methodological approaches, it becomes clear that interaction in, with, or through media makes sociocultural transformations visible. They unfold in the form of new social realities “such as virtual space[s], public spheres, or popular culture, which are hardly conceivable without media-based mediation” (Marx/Schmidt 2019, 12). These spaces of interaction move at the intersections of analogue and digital, online and offline, human and machine, real and unreal.
The conference is intended to provide a space in which Master’s students of higher semesters (from 3rd semester) and doctoral candidates from the fields of media linguistics and media studies, but also other associated humanities with relevance to media studies such as sociology, political science, aesthetics and art history, film studies, cultural studies, journalism, philosophy, science and technology studies, or cognitive science can present their research work.
The following questions, for example, can be addressed and discussed:
- How do spaces of interaction unfold in hybrid, digital, and analogue contexts regarding media use across a spectrum from social media to messenger services and video conferencing to face-to-face interactions with and through technology?
- How do socio-cultural aspects such as self and agency influence the boundaries between humans and machines?
- What is the relationship between body, psyche, media and technologies?
- What role does the unfolding of affectivity play in this context?
- What realities open up from the media-specific practices that accompany them?
- Which new social orders and structures become visible?
The concept of interaction spaces will not only be taken up in terms of thematic content during the two-day event. The conference will also offer space for exchange and networking among participants in addition to the conventional lectures with interactive formats, such as panel discussions, workshops and a poster session.
In this regard, we are inviting applications for the following participation opportunities:
- Lecture with Q&A Talk with a presentation on a theoretical or empirical research topic, case study, or methodological discussion.
- Interactive Poster (5 min pitch) Digital poster on a research topic or case study: Interactive elements such as data, video, or images should be accessible via QR codes, live pitch, or digital recording. We will contact you regarding the digital elements after acceptance.
- Workshop Format As part of the conference, 2-3 longer workshops may be offered to address research topics, methods, or issues related to PhD/ scientific doctorate with event participants. Proposals should be submitted for the workshop to be an approximately 1-hour interactive format, including a guide for result-oriented documentation, e.g., a mind map, miroboard, blog, or similar.
Contribution proposals can be submitted via Sessionize in the form of an abstract (max. 2000 characters, plus literature) along with brief biographical information indicating the academic semester by June 30, 2022. For questions, please contact us at .
Here you can download the Call for Papers (PDF).
We look forward to an engaging, interactive and communicative conference!
The un:real organizational team
Anna Zaglyadnova (Potsdam)
Clara Kindler (Frankfurt (Oder))
Didem Leblebici (Frankfurt (Oder))
Giacomo Marinsalta (Potsdam)
Till Rückwart (Potsdam)
An event within the ZeM’s annual focus on “Digital Realities”