International conference: Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space

Date: June 18-20, 2014
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organizers: José van Dijck & Thomas Poell
Confirmed speakers: Lance Bennett, Tarleton Gillespie, Alfred Hermida, Hallvard Moe
Discussants: C.W. Anderson, Marcel Broersma, Jean Burgess, Irene Costera Meijer, Mark Deuze, Marlies Glasius, Eggo Müller, Bernhard Rieder, Richard Rogers, and Michael Schudson

This conference explores the potentially contradictory cultural and techno-commercial mechanisms introduced by the rise of social media platforms. The main question driving the conference is how social media, looked at from different angles and scholarly approaches, are transforming concepts of public space or “publicness”. More specifically, we will ask how social media are involved in the transformation of particular domains, including news production, public broadcasting, activism, and law and order.

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