Conference 'Networked Publics'
Held at the Dorpat Convention Center in picturesque downtown Tartu, the conference drew together attendees from a broad range of national, disciplinary, and methodological backgrounds, and we present here a selection of papers reflecting this broadness and diversity of internet research. Three hundred and thirty-eight participants from 29 countries participated in #AoIR2017, and the programme included the presentation of 129 papers, alongside 18 pre-constituted panels, 4 fishbowl sessions, 10 roundtables, an experimental session, 9 pre-conference workshops and a doctoral colloquium.
The pre-conferences focused on topics ranging from visual social media research to digital methods to academic freedom to sessions dedicated to the experiences of early career researchers. This special issue is pleased to share the emphasis on the diverging and contradictory consequences of the formation of networked publics. We have chosen to focus in particular on studies of publics that scrutinize how they may exacerbate injustices or work towards social justice.
We propose a focus on networked (in)justice drawing attention to:
- How mainstream scholarly conceptualizations of publics and platforms prioritize some networked publics and marginalize others
- How networked publics are shaped as an assemblage of hardware, design, algorithms, discourse, bodies, collectives, and affect
- How networked publics reflect and shape intersecting power relations of geography, gender, race, and sexuality, among others
- How networked publics are distinctively local, but simultaneously shaped by transnational and global dynamics.
Special issue line-up
#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Stories of Sexual Violence as Everyday Political Speech on Facebook
Platform vulnerabilities: Harassment and misogynoir in the digital attack on Leslie Jones
My life is a mess: Self-deprecating relatability and collective identities in the memification of student issues
Kristine Ask, Crystal Abidin
Gay men’s digital cultures beyond Gaydar and Grindr: LINE use in the gay Chinese diaspora of Australia
Wilfred Wang, Elija Cassidy
La revolución digital: Mobile media use in contemporary Cuba
Justin Grandinetti, Marie Eszenyi
Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna
The mediatization of leadership: grassroots digital facilitators as organic intellectuals, sociometric stars and caretakers
Maria Bakardjieva, Mylynn Felt, Delia Dumitrica