Communication & Digital Culture

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database.
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Communication & Digital Culture: MEDIATION


The Communication & Digital Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting proposals for panels and individual papers that explore the theme of “mediation” in new media practices. In Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinksa write “The problem of mediation is for us both contingent and temporal. It centers on the evolution of media in relation to wider socioeconomic forces. The role of technology in this process of evolution is neither determining nor determined…it is vital and relational”(203). How have you used mediation as a vital process in relation to your practice, your desired outcomes, or how you understand or define your audiences? How can mediation be redefined through the lens of affordances, relational aesthetics, or social practices?

Possible topics include:

  • Mediation as a component of relational aesthetics
  • Mediation as a method for exploration or recovery
  • Mediation as a “life force” in social practices
  • Mediation as citizen production
  • Mediation on the Web
  • Remediation
  • Mediation technologies’ effects on users
  • Mediation in practices of resistance

Submit a 250-word proposal to the PCA Database by October 1, 2016.

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Please send inquires to:
xtine burrough
Associate Professor
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

The University of Texas at Dallas