RMeS Workshop: Digital Detox, The Politics of Disconnecting

Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting

Workshop with Prof. Trine Syvertsen (Oslo)

When? Monday 28 November, see below
Where? Jaarbeurs, Utrecht
Coordinator? Prof. Dr Marcel Broersma (RUG)
Open to? PhD’s and research master students, max 20 participants


Why do users take a break from digital media or adopting measures to limit smartphone and social media use? How do media industries intensify the quest for attention, how do companies and governments team up to get everybody online, and how is the main responsibility for managing online risks and problems placed on the users’ shoulders?

On November 28, Prof. Trine Syvertsen (University of Oslo) will give a workshop for research master and PhD students on Digital Detox and Disconnecting. Based on her research and recent book, she will share her research insights and discuss with the participants how these concepts can be valuable for their own research.

The workshop takes place in the context of the Digital Society Conference with the theme “Safety & Resilience”. RMeS workshop participants are expected to attend Syvertsen’s keynote on “Resilience and resistance: Disconnecting from the digital attention economy” which is part of the workshop that starts at 13.30h.

Workshop attendants are invited to attend the full conference which showcases research and offers a great opportunity to connect with societal stakeholders. There is no conference fee, but timely registration is necessary via: https://www.aanmelder.nl/137976/register

Participants are expected to read three texts in preparation of the workshop:

  • Framing digital disconnection: Problem definitions, values and actions among digital detox organisers (Convergence 2022)
  • Digital detox: Media resistance and the promise of authenticity (Convergence, 2020)
  • Offline tourism: Digital and screen ambivalence in Norwegian mountain huts with no Internet access (Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 2022)

Participants who want to get course credits can earn 1 EC by submitting an essay of 1500 words max. in which they reflect on (an aspect of) digital disconnecting, in relation to keynote lecture and readings, and potentially their own research. Deadline: December 21. Please send your essay to: rmes@rug.nl

Bio: Trine Syvertsen works in the fields of media history, media policy, television and digital media. She is the author of Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting (Emerald 2020), Media Resistance: Dislike, Protest, Abstention (Palgrave Pivot, open access) and co-author of The Media Welfare State: Nordic Media in the Digital Era (Univ of Michigan Press, 2014).

More information about and registration for the Digital Society Conference can be found here: https://www.aanmelder.nl/137976