Connecting people has always been one of the most important functions of media, but arguably, the pervasiveness of media since the digital revolution has increased the awareness of the fact that interrelatedness is the basis of culture, and that media therefore play a crucial role in the formation of human relations.
Originally used in technological discourses to describe and advertise the potential of media devices to link up with other devices, connectivity has recently emerged in media studies as a new concept with a much broader meaning, i.e. the potential of media to link objects, agents, and processes.
The 2016 NECS conference aims to reflect on our current culture of connectivity from a variety of perspectives.
Send in your proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, workshops, or workgroups by January 31, 2016.
Submissions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics: historical, theoretical, technological, political/ideological/social, psychological/anthropological, aesthetic, and meta-theoretical/institutional aspects of connectivity.
For more information, please visit NECS 2016’s conference website.