Please join us for the launch of the second issue of the open access journal spheres on „Ecologies of Change“ and the launch of Clemens Apprich’s dissertation „Vernetzt – Zur Entstehung der Netzwerkgesellschaft“ – as well as a few pre-Christmas drinks.
The second issue of the journal will reflect upon the theoretical and political terrain in which new “ecologies of change” may be negotiated, specifically with regards to terms such as public spheres, media spheres and atmospheres. Ecologies can be seen as an ethical response to a condition of always already being in relation (i.e. to bodies, technologies, social groups) and, therefore, are understood as a specific set of pre-conditions for (social, political or cultural) change. Contributors include Lawrence Liang, Barbara Glowdzewski, Gary Genosko, Thomas Bjørnsten & Jan Løhmann Stephensen, Jesper Olsson, and many more.
„Vernetzt – Zur Entstehung der Netzwerkgesellschaft“
Many technologies and practices that have shaped Web 2.0 today date back to the 1990s – and so do the ideas of social media, user-generated content and participatory platforms. Thus, from a media-historical perspective, a lot of the ideas from that period about the future of the Internet have been implemented, albeit without fulfilling the envisioned socio-political utopias.
By exploring the history of an alternative web discourse, Clemens Apprich develops a media genealogical understanding which is necessary to think beyond today’s pre-dominant concept of socio-technical networks and to intervene in current debates about the Internet.
spheres: Journal for Digital Cultures is an open peer reviewed web journal run by members of the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and supported by an international advisory board. It is concerned with contemporary, historical and emerging discussions about ‘digital cultures’ and exploring the theoretical, political and social stakes within these debates by reassembling key concepts like public spheres, media spheres and atmospheres.
The purpose of the web journal is to serve as a research resource, freely available as an open access publication, which aims to make sense of the theory and politics of digital cultures. The journal offers a platform for academic as well as non-academic contributions, combining text with audiovisual content and enabling new narrative forms in the field of digital cultures. spheres, therefore, seeks to promote a dialogue between scholars, policy makers, media artists, activists and hackers, fostering the production of new knowledge, as well as alliances between these actors.
School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster (UK)
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University (USA)
Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University (GB)
Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (DE)