New Media, New Publics?
New media technologies have acquired a significant presence in many parts of the world.The rapid proliferation of such media are reconfiguring the conditions of public life in ways that challenge our conventional models for understanding publics, publicity, and politics. If the concept of the public always included a certain ambiguity between observation and participation, production and consumption, today’s new media environments make the inadequacy of these distinctions strikingly apparent. The growing indistinction between accessing media-based content and providing it (to states and private companies) would seem to be unraveling a certain grid of political and commercial intelligibility, thereby intensifying a general sense of uncertainty, instability, and flux. These anxieties associated with the shifting media landscape, however, are also accompanied by a celebratory embrace of what are seen as new potentials and opportunities as well as new modes of social connectivity and political agency.
Alex Dent (Dept. of Anthropology, George Washington University) describes his experience as a Wenner-Gren symposium participant.
“New Media, New Publics?" will be held March 13-19, 2015, in Sintra, Portugal at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais Hotel, and is organized by Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley), Maria José de Abreu (University of Amsterdam), Carlo Caduff (King’s College London).
Eighteen scholars from Canada, Germany, India, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the US have been brought together to discuss the different ways New Media Technologies are reconfiguring the conditions of public life in ways that challenge our conventional models for understanding publics, publicity, and politics.
Symposium participants will discuss and examine a variety of topics, interwoven and/or teased apart from themes concerning New Media vs. new uses of Old Media, changing conditions of mobilization, and how the mining of electronic information enables the creation of new publics.