Communication and Technology


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The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT seeks to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.

CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and pre- and p0st-conferences that make an innovative and original scientific contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication have a potential fit with other ICA Divisions.



Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association 2014 Conference
3-5 October 2014

JW Marriot Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN
10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2014 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of online distribution and streaming and the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon as producers of original programming
  • The intersections between television and social media, from hashtags to live-tweeting
  • The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics
  • The increasing discourse surrounding the showrunner as an auteur figure
  • The “return” of miniseries and event series programming
  • The role of remakes, reboots, spin-offs, adaptations, and franchises
  • The trends in less “quality” genres and formats: talk shows, soap operas, morning TV

Please submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the “Television” area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website ( We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions. Please know that you will need to register to the website in order to submit a proposal. Please do not submit the same item to more than one Area.

Include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant. You must specify any AV and any special scheduling needs with your proposal. MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations.

If you have any questions about submissions to the Television area, please contact area chair Cory Barker at

Further information about the conference and the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association is available at:

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:



Workshop:  Digital Memories, Digital Methods: Transcultural Memory in Europe Beyond Web 2.0

29-30 September 2014


Digital technologies not only have a profound impact on the form, content and distribution of individual and collective memories, but also on the ways in which we perceive of memory. While the internet has exponentially increased the accessibility of data, at the same time it has produced an overload of information, inviting us to rethink traditional notions of archive, storage/retrieval, and materiality, as well as of location, temporality and (trans)national belonging. And yet, due to social and economic inequality, data are still far from evenly accessible. The ‘culture of connectivity’ driven by social media such as facebook and twitter has given rise to new trans- and international networks which facilitate sharing data, experiences, and memories. On the other hand, these media tend to obscure the role and importance of the technological and commercial factors on which these interpersonal exchanges depend.

This workshop aims to discuss the possibilities, limitations and ambiguities of digital media, in particular the internet, for the production of transcultural/transnational memory in Europe.

The workshop will be organised around the discussion of short papers of ca. 20 minutes, followed by a response of ca. 10 minutes, and a discussion of ca. 15 minutes. All papers as well as a selection of a few key texts by leading scholars in the field will be pre-circulated in order to stimulate the discussion. There will be two keynote lectures by Andrew Hoskins (Uof Glasgow) and Ellen Rutten (U of Amsterdam).

We invite contributions dealing with any topic or (geographical) area in Europe and which will take into account the following questions:

- What is the role and scope of the internet and digital media in mediating memories across national and cultural borders in Europe?

- How do digitization, multimediatization and “googlization” (Van Dijck) affect the dynamics of (trans)cultural memory in Europe today? How to use digital media in memory research?

- How to deal with problems arising from the possibilities generated by digital technologies, such as information overload?


Proposals for papers should contain a title and a brief summary (ca.200-250 words) and abio-bibliography (max. 100 words). Deadline for submission is 1 May 2014. Selection to be made known by 1 June 2014.


Please, submit proposals to:

Paul Bijl

Stijn Vervaet



  • James A. Danowski, Chair
  • Lee Humphreys, Vice-Chair
  • Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Secretary
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