Friday 27 April

10:30AM Doors Open

NOON–1:15PM Session 1

Studio A #A1

Body Politics

.Moderator
Whitney Erin Boesel
From intimate depictions of bodies to substantial changes to the body itself, digitality permeates us.
Ofer Nur
Chaturbate.com: Pornotopia and the Surprising Challenge to the Ills of Communicative Capitalism
Louise Ryan
Constantly varied dysfunctional fitness: exploring the hyper reality of Insta-famous CrossFit athletes
Elizabeth Wissinger
co-authored by Kristin Miller
Possible Futures of Embodied Biotech
Alanna Reyes
For the Ordinary, or the Extraordinary? Assistive Technology and Media Representation
Studio B #B1

Tech Support

.Moderator
Michael Connor
To sustain protest we must also turn to one another for support. Can digital media serve as a means for this without undermining it?
Kristen Barta
Reclaiming visibility after sexual assault: Lessons from sexual assault survivors’ use of social media for designing digital supportive spaces
Olga Boichak
Mediatizing War: digital media and the battlefronts
Ada Cable
Perverse affordances: The victims of
Sara Lillo
Declarations and Diagnostics: Mental Health Tweets and Our Perceptions of Twitter
Studio C #C1

Map Quest

.Moderator
Jeremy Antley
Digitality hasn't obviated geography as was anticipated; it has made geopolitical boundaries simultaneously more visible and more intensely monitored. Sometimes technology even makes visible border practices that states intend to be invisible.
Anne Jonas
Embedding Inequality: The Implications of Regional Blocking in Web Services
Matthew Sekellick
Hot Hot Heats: Strava’s Global Heatmap and (the Aesthetics of) the Corporate Subject
Jan Rydzak
Disconnected: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Network Disruptions
Jasmine Vallve
Cross-Border Solidarities of Racialized Violence and Surveillance

1:30PM–2:45PM Session 2

Studio A #A2

Representing Queerness

.Moderator
Lucas LaRochelle
The representation of self-identified queer people is not merely about inclusion; it's about ending heteronormativity as social control and positing a world of more and better possibilities.
Kelly Steinmetz
Do I Dare to Meme a Peach?
Rök
The New Transfeminisms & the Death of Visibility Politics
Alex Verman
Social Media and Queer Consumption
C. Dalrymple-Fraser
What You See Is What You Gender: Pinkwashing in Digital Architectures
Studio B #B2

Against the Grain

.Moderator
Gabi Schaffzin
Using technology in off-label, unintended ways can have more impact on society than what designers and developers originally had in mind for their creations.
Victoria O’Meara
“Weapons of the Chic”: Instagram Influencer Comment Pods as Co-operative Algorithm Hacking
Roopa Vasudevan
Embracing the Noise: Public Opinion, Twitter, and the 2016 Election
Joseph Meyer
Bomb dot Com: Review Bombing as Reactionary Consumer Activism
Ali Raj
How Pakistan's biggest CD empire came crashing to the ground
Studio C #C2

Politics of Citizenship

.Moderator
Tanya Lokot
Digital media has taken on a structuring role in more and more of our lives, including participation in civic life. The role of citizen is now deeply entwined with digital platforms' interests and affordances.
Amrita Sengupta
Collective Identity in Digital Spheres: Feminist movements and struggles for public spaces
Anastasis Germanidis
Sybil Society
Colin Kielty
Analog Analogies to Digital Citizenship: “Nodality” Online and Off
Kaveh Azarhoosh
Uberization of jobs and decline of deliberative democracies in Western European Democracies

3:00PM–4:15PM Session 3

Studio A #A3

Queer Relationships

.Moderator
Jessie Sage
Our expectations of romantic relationships are deeply heteronormative. The experiences and transgressive actions of queer people stand to change that for everyone.
Tommy Ting
Cruising Heterotopia: Queer Play in Video Game Space
Lindsay Ferris
I’m queer - don’t fuck with me if you’re not: Exploring queer women’s use of Tinder
mattie brice
Catfishing in 3 Acts: Investigating Emotional Labor Networks Supporting Progressive Masculinity
Aaron Su
Recuperating the Cybernetic Libido
Studio B #B3

Bot Phenomenology

.Moderator
Damien Williams
What it means to exist with technology, and what it means to exist as technology
Studio C #C3

Net Work

.Moderator
Anna Jobin
Technology is often sold as labor-saving, but often it doesn't reduce work but shift it, presenting new problems for how wealth is distributied and value is conceived.
Emily Hund
Social media and the industrialization of influence
Grayson Earle
Socialism on the Blockchain
Nina Pohler
From Bitcoins Anarcho-Capitalism to the Commons of Smart Cash: Political Philosophy in Cryptocurrency Governance
Sinan Liu
The Life of Bucky Barnes – Slash Fandom on Social Media

4:15PM–6:00PM Eating

6:00PM–7:15PM Keynote Session 1

Redstone Theater #K1

The Next Generation

.Moderator
Molly Knefel
While it's often claimed that young people's social reality is dictated by phones and social media, the actual forces at play have deeper historical roots. Like everyone else, everyone born within 20 years of the new millennium are affected by surveillance, unemployment, and self-determination, but they are uniquely situated within social antagonisms they have inherited.

7:30PM–8:45PM Keynote Session 2

Redstone Theater #K2

Extremely Online Socialism

.Moderator
Sarah Jaffe
In the wake of several troubling elections, the left has looked to online spaces to play an important role in organizing and publicizing socialist movements.

9:00PM After Party

Saturday 28 April

11:00AM Doors Open

NOON–1:15PM Session 4

Studio A #A4

Politics of Portraits

How we capture bodies in art and visual communication media sheds light on how bodies are imbued with identity.
Ayşenur Benevento
Capturing Their Aspirations: Examining Parents’ Photographs of Their Children on Social Media
Emily Stainkamp
Looking back at the selfie: A survey of Western self-portraiture from antiquity to Selfish
Rachel Coldicutt
The Woman's Gaze and The Robots' Gaze
Anja Dinhopl
The Looking Glass Self(ie)
Studio B #B4

Expanding Brains

.Moderator
Eric Thurm
Technology is not merely a conveyance for fully formed ideas. We often think with and through our devices to start to arrive at unanticipated conclusions.
James Hodges
Toward a Genealogical Prehistory of Psychological Tracking and Manipulation Online (1965-1986)
Jeff Appel
What in the World is ‘Originary Technicity’? Exploring an Emerging Philosophical Concept and its Political Consequences for our Shared Digital World
Claire Leibowicz
The Art of Looking in the 21st Century
Sara Reinis
The Aesthetics of Authenticity
Studio C #C4

Sound Structure

.Moderator
Joelle Woodson
The graphic user interface mainstreamed computers; is there an audio equivalent? How do we conceptualize our changing relationship to sound in a life lived with technology?
Jacob Kramer-Duffield
Towards a Political Economy of Podcasting
Margot Hanley
Alexa, Please: Emerging Interaction Rules Between People and Voice-Assistants
Rob Arcand
Stack Music: Algorithmic Aesthetics in an Age of Big Data
Jack Webster
Taste in the Digital Age: How are Music Streaming Services Shaping the Relationship between Taste, Consumption and Class Identity?

1:30PM–2:45PM Session 5

Studio A #A5

Fiction, Fantasy, and Faith

.Moderator
Michael Thomsen
Far from the demystified modernity described by turn of the century sociologists, we are now living in a world shot through with fantastic stories of magic and imagination.
Stephanie Monohan
"Don't Go Over There": Adolescent Legend-Tripping Goes Online
Dave Evans
More is Not Less – Self-Denial on the Internet
Julian Hanna
Bad Manifestos
Ashley D’Arcy
Popular mysticism on the internet
Studio B #B5

For All We Know

.Moderator
Rob Horning
Beyond the usual bromides about sharing and information freedom are more complicated questions about how information is organized and made to circulate, forerounding some uses for it and precluding others.
Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
“Everyone welcome”: marketplace feminism, intersectionality, inclusion, and the extension of cultural hierarchies on Our Shared Shelf (OSS), the feminist [online] book club.
Karen Schrier
The Ethics of Co-Created Knowledge
Gwera Kiwana
co-authored by Kholisile Dhliwayo
afrOurbanism: Urban theory and practice by and for Africa
Zach Kaiser
Academic Accountability and The Ideological Triumph of Computationalism
Studio C #C5

Network Affects

.Moderator
Britney Gil
No tech platform can solve how communication and emotions are fraught with contradiction and confusion. As machines start to speak the language of affect, these contradictions may only intensify.
Jacqueline Feldman
AI and Affective Labor: an inquiry into how easily bots can fake it
Erin Gordon
Do You Want to Quit? Intimacy, Site, Self
Amber Westerholm-Smyth
Consumers of our own grief? Exploring the commoditisation of grief following terrorist attacks on social media platforms.
Tim Cowlishaw
A Digital Dérive: Situationist strategies for reclaiming digital public space.

3:00PM–4:15PM Session 6

Studio A #A6

Depictions of Racism

.Moderator
Apryl Williams
Racism isn't just about personal prejudice; it is a system whose structure often derives support and amplification from technology.
Morgan Holmes
Performing Joy: Oprah, Digital Blackface and the White Gaze
Donte Newman
Racist discourse in disguise: exploring how white Facebook users expressed ambivalence following the police shooting of Philando Castile
sarah aoun
co-authored by Nasma Ahmed
Don’t include us, thank you
Julia Kott
The Difficulties of Naming Experience: Articulating Rape and Sexual Assault Experiences Online
Studio B #B6

Politicizing Engagement

.Moderator
Moira Weigel
Tech firms optimize for engagment as if the idea were politically neutral and could be uncritically championed. But of course engagement has a politics and political ramifications, ranging from the monopolization of discourse to the training of algorithms to the distribution of opportunties for participating in civic life. What alternative metrics — or alternative to metrics — should be appealed to instead? This panel is co-organized by Logic magazine and features some of its contributors.

4:15PM–6:00PM Eating

6:00PM–7:15PM Keynote Session 3

Redstone Theater #K3

Nerding Out

.Moderator
David A. Banks
"Nerding out" has become synonymous with deep engagement with a topic, but the term also carries troubling baggage that can impose a false consensus and impede thoughtful conversation.

7:30PM–8:45PM Keynote Session 4

Redstone Theater #K4

God View

.Moderator
Ayesha A. Siddiqi
From court sentencing to credit worthiness, artificial intelligence is being asked to address society's toughest and most complicated questions. Such systems may be good at making decisions efficiently, but this doesn't mean they are making the world more just.