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May 23, 2007

New Network Theory



New Network Theory: International Conference :: Dates: 28-30 June 2007 :: Location: University of Amsterdam :: Organized by: Institute of Network Cultures (Interactive Media, Amsterdam Polytechnic, HvA), Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

The object of study has shifted from the virtual community and the space of flows to the smart mob. When the object of study changes, so may the distinctions that dominate, particularly the schism between place-based space and place-less space, both organised and given life by networks. We would like to exploit the potential of writing contemporary network theory that suits and reflects the changes to the objects of study that come to define our understandings of network culture – a post-Castellsian network theory, if you will, that takes technical media seriously.

It is time to look for elements that can make up a network theory outside of post-modern cultural studies (which marvelled at the place-less place) and ethnographic social sciences (which reminded us of the ground). What network culture studies needs is a ‘language of new media,’ perhaps even signage, to speak in terms of Lev Manovich; what it currently has is a science-centered ‘unified network theory,’ to paraphrase the language of Albert-László Barabási.

Whilst it may come as no surprise to critical Internet scholars, the notion that networks are not random but have underlying structures remains the key insight for network scientists. Instead of posing new questions, the work that follows from that insight often seeks to confirm that structure and its accompanying patterns, across more and more network-like objects. The question remains which specific contribution critical Internet scholars and practitioners can make to opening up network thought. Such is the purpose of the network theory conference. How must we rethink network culture with a renewed emphasis on technical media and social software?


Siva Vaidhyanathan: The Googlization of Everything: How One Company is Shaking Up Culture, Commerce and Community

Tiziana Terranova: Everything is everything: network science, neo-liberalism and security

Wendy Chun: Imagined Networks

Alan Liu: Just Networking: Can Network Knowledge Be Better Than "Good Enough" Knowledge?

Anna Munster: The Image in the Network

Martin Kearns: Network-centric advocacy and rapid response

Warren Sack: From Networked Publics to Object-Oriented Democracies

Olia Lialina: The Work of Users in Times of Perfect Templates

Nosh Contractor: MTML meets Web 2.0: Theorizing social processes in multidimensional networks

Valdis Krebs: Al-Qaeda networks

Katy Börner: Towards Scholarly Marketplaces

Tincuta Parv: Fibers, links and networks – a parallel between textiles, data communication systems and social interaction

Marianne van den Boomen: E-sociability metaphors: From virtual community to social network and beyond

Leslie Kavanaugh: The Philosophical Foundation of Network Theory: the Reticulum

Verena Kuni: Subversive Stitches and Revolutionary Knitting Circles. Between art and activism, DIY and prosumer cultures: Weaving new networks in times of Web 2.0

Mirko Tobias Schaefer: From Network to Foam. Extending the dispositif of user interactions

Iina Hellsten: Bird Flu as a Public Hype: Networks of Communication on the Web

Astrid Mager: Mapping, practicing and thinking "the Internet". Challenging network thought in the context of online health information

Clifford Tatum & Kirsten Foot: From ad-hoc to infrastructure: The lifecycle of hyperlink networks and its implications for social, cultural, and political activity

Charli Carpenter: Assessing Virtual Networks: Human Rights Advocacy in Real- and Cyberspace

Leah A. Lievrouw & Lilly Nguyen: Linking and the Network Imaginary

Adrian MacKenzie: Wirelessness and radical network empiricism

Claire Roberge: The Sedimentation of the Passage: Conceptualizing the Locality Today

Nancy Nisbet: Stories, Roadmaps and RFID. Exchange; a performance releasing location, memory and identity

Sophia Drakopoulou: Toothing and Bluetoothing; network–fantasy-reality

Bernhard Rieder: Rethinking Structure and Causation in Network Theory

Michael Goddard: Post-Rekombinant Networks or the Transition from the Cognitariat to the Precariat

Konstantinos Vassiliou: Subjects that matter: Subjectivity in Network Reality

Franz Beitzinger, Natascha Zowislo and Jürgen Schulz: Saying 'No': On the rejection of consensus-oriented communication on the Internet

Ulises Ali Mejias: Hyperlocality and the tyranny of nodes

Yukari Seko: Acting Out Network: Self-destructive Murmurs in the Blogosphere.

Kristoffer Gansing: Community (New) Media - Public access in the age of networked social media.

Alice Verheij: Re-thinking network theory and analysis concerning social care networks in the Internet age. A case description.

Kimberly de Vries: Desire, Dissent and Differentiation: Sustaining Growth in Virtual Networks.

Kenneth Werbin: The List Serves: Bare Life in Cybernetic Order.

Olga Kisseleva: LANDSTREAM

Wayne Clements: Infernal Thunder

Jacob Lillemose: Heath Bunting from physical space to the net and back again

Katja Mayer: Imag(in)ing Networks

Olga Goriunova: Internet platforms: cultural production in late capitalism

Thomas Berker: Suffering in Networks. An exploration into conceptions of marginality, conflict and exploitation in network theories

Adolfo Estalella: Blogs as Traps: Imputing Interests through Statistics Systems

Marijk de Valck: The Festival Network Revisited

Betina Szkudlarek: Actor-Network Theory - ontologizing realities.

Michael Dieter: Open Cartographies, On Assembling Things Through Locative Media

David Garcia: Faith in Exposure

Paolo Gerbaudo: A network of events: leafleting and mobility in the “Stop the War” campaign

Megan Boler: The Politics of ‘Truthiness:’ Digital Dissent and Satire as Networks of Activism

John Duda: Bodies and Swarms: Networks, Multitude, and Biology

Ramesh Srinivasan: Conceptualizing Semantics and Ontologies in a New Network Era

Jana Nikuljska: Communicative Societies in a Networked World

Ali Mohammad Javadi: Study of the rate, types and behavioral model of internet's users in Mashhad city in Iran

Deborah Wheeler: The Political Importance of Internet Cafes in Jordan and Egypt

Greg Elmer: Robots.txt: The Politics of Search Engine Exclusion

Jussi Parikka: Bad Bits: Software and Incorporeal Events

John Johnston: Viral Evolution and the New Software Ecology

Tony Sampson: On Anomalous Objects of Digitality. An introduction

Claudia Padovani & Elena Pavan: Between Issue and Social Network. Insights from an ongoing research on mobilization on Communication Rights in Italy

Giorgia Nesti & Matteo Cernison: Advocacy networks and policy networks in the European Union: the case of media pluralism

Stefania Milan: Networks of radical tech collectives: Social logic and technological dimensions of emancipatory practices in the field of digital communication

Francesca Forno: Consumption Styles and Digital Networks in Italy

Claudius Wageman & Manuela Caiani: The extreme right, networks, and the internet: a comparison of the multi-organizational field of the extreme right in Italy and Germany

Marga van Mechelen: Glocalisation as a curatorial and artistic mission

Jean-Paul Fourmentraux: Innovative Artists. Transformations of Work and Arts organizations with ICT

Desiree Hoving, Gertjan de Werk, Danny Soetanto, Dirk-Jan Peet & Heleen Vreugdenhil: Building Successful innovative networks, insights from multidisciplinary research perspectives

Robert van Boeschoten: The executive language: Coding the future

Noortje Marres: The special effect of issue-affectedness. On being sensitive to the normative charges of networks

Matthew Fuller: Requests, Recommendations and Standards: RFC10 and reflexive engineering

Posted by jo at May 23, 2007 08:57 AM