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CfP IUAES 2020: Revisiting the City: Anthropological Legacies, Urbanity, and the Digital

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting!

The organizers of IUAES2020 have extended the abstract submission deadline
until Aug 15th, 2020. If you are planning to attend this year`s IUAES
Congress in Šibenik or online, please consider submitting an abstract for
our panel: Revisiting the City: Anthropological Legacies, Urbanity, and the
Digital. The conference is scheduled for Oct 7th to Oct 11th, 2020.

Submission information:

Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words and can be submitted until
August 15th via the conference website:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, should you have any questions.

With kind regards,

Christian and Regev

Panel title

Revisiting the City: Anthropological Legacies, Urbanity, and the Digital


Christian Ritter, Tallinn University

Regev Nathansohn, Sapir Academic College

Panel abstract

This panel explores the interplay between digital technologies, urban
neighborhoods, and communities. The mobile phone and other digital
technologies have deeply transformed the ways in which cities are
experienced (Pink and Leder Mackley 2013). At the same time, urban actors
take part in developing digital technologies and redefining their use.
Drawing on perspectives from media and urban anthropology, the main aim of
this panel is to trace the social relationships behind digital and urban
processes. Sociotechnical innovations, such as the mobile phone and "smart"
infrastructures, make new phenomenologies of public life in urban contexts
necessary. In addition to providing information on the go, mobile phones
can "know" their users' geographical position and other features (Hjorth et
al. 2017), while constantly being reconfigured according to different,
sometimes conflicting, interests. Creating a forum for anthropological
scholars from the Global South and Global North, this panel invites
ethnographic accounts of the digitization of or in urbanity, methodological
papers on digital ethnographies of the city, and theoretical contributions
to urban change in the digital age. Drawing on the anthropological
tradition of studying the role of cultural swirls in innovation processes
(Hannerz 1992, Wilf 2019), ethnography can provide new understandings of
digital technologies in cityscapes. The proliferation of the digital in
everyday life raises numerous questions about urban spatiality, privacy,
and surveillance. How are new forms of sociality created in "smart" cities?
What technological imaginaries shape urban planning? How are digital
technologies reappropriated in urban areas? How is the datafication of
urban life locally negotiated?

Dr. Christian Ritter

Research Fellow and Lecturer

Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT)
Tallinna Ülikooli—Balti filmi, meedia, kunstide ja kommunikatsiooni
Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School
Tallinn University
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