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Call for papers: Digital Disruption in Asia: Methods and Issues

How do digital technologies affect both Asian societies and the methods we use to study them? Conference in Leiden on 23-25 May 2016. Deadline abstract submission: 15 February 2016.

This conference introduces the politics of digital technologies to the Asian Studies community. Presenting original research on the societal impact of the internet, it seeks a greater understanding of how digital technologies both support and undermine the power of political and economic institutions, and shape cultural practices in our region.  As Asianists, we also encounter the politics of digital technologies as funding agencies promote the use of digital research methods, such as text mining and social network analysis.  But, how does this affect the ways we undertake and organize our scholarly work?

The conference organisers invite critical reflective papers which elaborate the politics of digital technologies on Asian societies and the methods we increasingly use to investigate them. The best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal  Asiacape: Digital Asia.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

· Digital research methods · Social movement activism · Government surveillance · Online labour platforms/ crowd-work · Corporate ownership of personal data · Asian appropriations of digital technologies · Social media and online identities.

Work can be on anywhere in South, Southeast and East Asia, as long as it considers the ways digital technologies undermine or support existing institutions and cultural practices in Asian societies and/or how we study them. 

To see the full CfP, invited speakers, workshops, and details of how to submit a paper or register for attendance only, please visit the website. The conference and workshops are free, but places are limited. 


If you wish to have your paper considered for presentation, please send your abstract (up to 400 words) with a brief (one page) CV by February 15, 2016 via the conference website. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 1, 2016.  Full draft papers are expected to be delivered by May 1, 2016 for circulation among presenters.


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