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Digital Transactions in Asia – Call for Papers

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Digital Transactions in Asia symposium – 8-10th August 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Call for Papers

The reconfiguration of social, cultural, economic and political relationships in parallel with the pervasive application of digital technologies has been regarded as an epochal shift in the Western world. In contemporary Asia, the breathtaking rapidity and scale of digitisation provides us with an even greater remaking of human relationships. This is an era where rapid commodification across the region proceeds in tandem with the spread of digital media devices.

For ordinary people, social media platforms bring new economic opportunities along with the monetisation of the personal and the everyday. Asian state systems are having to contend with explosions of popular expression, public debate and political mobilisation. Asian markets are increasingly determined by flows of virtual capital, information commodities, consumers and labour. In this context, it is evident that the rise of a Digital Asia is accompanied by new aspirations and understandings of modernisation, participation and development.

This symposium event considers the instances and processes through which new sets of social, economic and political transactions are being established between citizens and states, markets and publics, cultures and commodities in a Digital Asia. The symposium is co-hosted by the Digital Media Research Centre (Queensland University of Technology) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Queensland).

The Key themes of the symposium are:

  • Populism and Public Speech
  • Currencies and Commodities
  • Development and Equalities
  • Intimacies and Moral Economies
  • Governance and Citizenship
  • Mobile and Informal Economies

Our invited speakers include:

  • Ravi Sundaram (Centre for Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)
  • Cheryll Soriano (De La Salle University, Manila)
  • Yu Hong (University of Southern California)
  • John Postill (RMIT, Melbourne)
  • Michael Keane (Curtin University)

Organising Committee:

  • Terry Flew (QUT)
  • Adrian Athique (UQ)
  • Emma Baulch (QUT)
  • Nina Li (UQ)

We would be pleased to accept 250 word abstracts for papers (20 minutes in duration) that consider the scope, nature and/or role of digital transactions in the Asian context, across any of our key thematic areas. As places will be limited, we ask that abstracts are submitted by 23rd June 2017. For selected papers, a final copy of 6,000 words will be requested by 5th August 2017 for the conference papers and publication in a special issue and book. For any further questions and for submission, please contact Dr. Bonnie Rui Liu: rui.liu@qut.edu.au.