Call for Papers: Fatigue – Terminally Online (TO)

Date: May 13, 2024 (14:00-18:00)
Location: University Theater (3.01), Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam
Deadline CfP: April 15, 2024
Terminally Online (TO) is an organization run by new media + digital culture MA and RMA students from the University of Amsterdam. We connect students with researchers and practitioners from the local media scene by organizing talks, reading groups, exhibitions, performances, and promoting work by students and alums.
The inaugural TO symposium is built around the concept of Fatigue and how it relates to new media technologies, cultures, and experiences. The event will include:
  • keynote by Geert Lovink 
  • three student presentations of original research
  • faculty roundtable
  • and a community borrel to end the day
Date: May 13, 2024 (14:00-18:00)
Location: University Theater (3.01), Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam
Register for the event:
Terminally Online invites students from Media Studies to submit an abstract for presentation at our inaugural symposium! We call for papers in response to the academic fatigue stemming from the relentless cycle of incentive-driven tasks, and to promote and empower students’ contributions and voices within the academic community.


In many ways, it seems that fatigue has become the default disposition of the present – the defining character of our collective state of being. On one hand, fatigue can be framed as a totalizing, manufactured regime of management over the subject. On the other, it may act as a point of affective convergence, a shared undertone that fosters some semblance of ‘togetherness’. Fatigue may be the one constant category we can grasp onto because everything else is moving too damn fast.
New media and fatigue appear to have a concrete relationship which manifests in manifold ways (e.g., doomscrolling, burnout, environmental exhaustion) and operates in different domains. AI hype, attention economy, platform labor, gigwork, online subcultures, and networked conspiracy, to name a few, raise questions about how fatigue is (re)produced, networked, and embodied at local and collective levels. How does fatigue shape emergent technology and the ways we grapple with it? Through these relations, how does fatigue contour our shared possibilities? And to what extent have promises of change or resolution themself become fatigued?

The concept of fatigue is an open question and appears in different registers across sets and settings. If fatigue is our collective undertone, then this symposium attempts to surface its conditions, look it in the eyes, and examine its possibilities.


Help us explore, contest, complicate, and characterize fatigue by offering your own ways in (and out?). We will select three projects to be presented in 15-minute slots followed by a joint Q&A.
We will accept work from a variety of contexts, including previous coursework, current thesis progress, or an idea you’ve been sitting on. Selected abstracts DO NOT need to be complete projects. Abstracts will be expanded into a 15 minute presentation.
Submission details and application:
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Please contact us with any questions at:
IG: @trmnly_online