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The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, the Faculty of Communication of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) are organizing the International Conference McLuhan Galaxy. Understanding Media, today, in Barcelona on May 23-25, 2011. The aim is to bring together researchers, scholars and McLuhan Fellows to reflect on different aspects of McLuhan’s contribution. The conference in Barcelona will be networked to a series of conferences that are going to take place in Toronto, Berlin and Rome in other dates, to celebrate the 100 Anniversary of McLuhan.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to review McLuhan’s thought but also to update them in relation to contemporary questions centred in the digital forms of production, co-production and consumption of intelligence, memory, self, identity, desire, body, art, design, collaboration and technology in the society of knowledge. The possibility of re-reading the immense contribution of this author under a new light can be useful to help society of knowledge deal with the global and local scales of the processes favoured by Internet.
The McLuhan Galaxy Conference invites the submission of extended abstracts related to the conference theme (800 words ca / 2 pages). Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers between 5.000 and 6.000 words. Each submitted abstract will be fully refereed and undergo a double-blind review process. Accepted abstracts of registered authors will be invited to be corrected and reorganized as full papers in order to be published in the proceedings (only accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper that will be published in conference’s proceedings).
Deadline for extended abstracts submissions: January 10th, 2011 January 17th, 2011.
The extended abstracts/full papers must be in english.
The guidelines for the full paper submission will be released soon.
To submit an extended abstract you have to follow the instructions at the end of the page.
Authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributes to the topics that are being addressed by the conference. Both theoretical and applied papers are of interest. The topics are:
Topic I: McLUHAN IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
“To be a good prophet never predict anything that has not already happened”
“In the future everybody will be an artist”
Content/Keywords: McLuhan, Toronto’s School, Media Ecology, media laws, media studies, television, broadcasting, McLuhanism.
Topic 2: EDUCATION BEYOND THE BOOK
“What is indicated for the new learning procedures is not the absorption of classified and fragmented data, but pattern recognition (…) We seem to be approaching the age when we shall program the environment instead of the curriculum”
“The business of school is no longer instruction but discovery”.
Content/Keywords: school/media, digital natives, digital literacy, the Gutenberg parentheses, edupunk, invisible learning, reading devices.
Topic 3: SOCIAL MEDIA, NETWORKS AND LIFE
“The user is the content”
“The more they know about you the less you exist”
“This has become the main business of mankind, just watching the other guy (and) invading privacy. Everyboy has become porous”
Content/Keywords: self-organization, emergence, social media, collaborative web, wikipedia, user generated content, tagging, folksonomy, identity, privacy, control, etc.
Topic 4: EXTENSIONS AND SENSORIAL DIMENSION
“In the electronic age we wear all mankind as our skin”
Content/Keywords: Extensions, new sensorial paradigms, human computer interaction, interfaces, new screens, mobile media, ubiquitous computing, data-visualization, art, wearable computing, augmented reality, virtual reality.
Topic 5: THE GLOBAL BIG BANG
“Inflation is money having an identity crisis”
“In the electronic age (…) you can’t have jobs; you can only have roles”
Content/Keywords: economy, ecology, management, wikileaks, wikinomics, the “long tail”, local, global, glocal dimensions.
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