Young Researchers at Jamia to debate on Cyberculture
April 13, 2012
Press Release: Young Researchers at Jamia to debate on Cyberculture
The Outreach Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia is going to organize a One-Day Young Researchers’ Seminar on “The Cyberian Turn in Culture” on April 16, 2012 in JMI.
Cyberculture is a current cultural phenomenon which is bringing about fundamental transformations in the structure and meaning of modern society and culture. This space, originally pertaining to science and technology, has had unprecedented effects on communication, archiving, writing and several other allied cultural practices. The resultant cyberculture has facilitated the emergence of a host of intellectual movements which are affecting societies rapidly and which require our critical engagement.
The Seminar will encourage debates which will surround the cultural contexts within which cyber-medial and technological advances are occurring. Papers on the various aspects of cyber culture will be presented by young researchers from Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Conference is spread over in four Sessions on the broad areas detailed below:
Session-I Cyber-Politics: Of Exclusion, Surveillance and Co-optation
Chair: Dr. Prasanta Chakravarty, Department of English, University of Delhi
This session will examine how the digital divide in India excludes several people from its ambit and will examine the politics of this media, as also look at questions of surveillance today. Besides the papers in this session will address questions of cyber-activism and its implications for democracy as also look at what kind of identities are forged by this media.
Session-II Cyber-Critiques: The New Media and Alternative Modes of Resistance
Chair: Prof. Franson Manjali, Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
This session will propose critical tools required in the Digital Era and will look at how these tools may be used for activism. It will take up the cases of the Pink Chaddi Campaign, movements in Kashmir as also Minority Voices to examine its efficacy.
Session-III Cyber-Aesthetics: Digital Media and Audio-Visual Perception
Chair: Dr. Angelie Multani, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi
This session will examine what new practices of aesthetics need to be theorized in order to understand the cyber-world and will therefore examine new archives of hindi music in the cyber-domain and phenomena such as viral circulations of songs like kolaveri di to understand this phenomena and its nuances.
Session-IV Cyber-Narratives: Role-Playing, Interactivity and Authority
Chair: Dr. Souvik Mukherjee, Department of English, Shiv Nadar University
This session will look at cyber-games, fand-dom, fan-art and cyber-readers/viewers to analyze some of the new cultures which are being spawned by the cyber domain.
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