C17
Moving together: problematizing the makings of togetherness

Convenors:
Sung-Yueh Perng (Tunghai University)
Lisa Wood (Lancaster University)
Format:
Location:
Cavendish Colloquim (Faraday Complex)
Start time:
25 July, 2018 at 13:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel asks how bringing things together produces utopian and dystopian togetherness. We consider both lively and desirable 'togetherness' with darker practices and consequences, such as exclusion prejudice and unwilling disassociation.

Long abstract:

This panel asks how the mobilities of people, animals, ideas, technologies, sciences, data or algorithms engender utopian and dystopian togetherness. Togetherness is engineered on an everyday and ongoing basis: sharing spaces and infrastructures of living and travelling; arranging, negotiating or contesting digital presence; self-organisation for crisis response; organising meetings for open data- and technology-making; planning and governance that have more-than-urban and planetary consequences; digitally augmented herding of animals for efficiency and productivity; etc. Further, moving together is relational: the moving together for some might lead to the the disassociation of others. These makings thus can produce lively and desirable togetherness, but are also foreshadowed by exclusionary, prejudicial, neoliberal, algorithmic, anthropocentric, highly controlled and intimately surveilled futures. Makings of togetherness thus presuppose and reconfigure the practices and politics of confluence, collaboration and intersection that the stream seeks to make explicit. The panel seeks empirical and theoretical explorations that critically examine diverse makings of togetherness in order to answer the questions: What sociotechnical imaginaries are at play in bringing things together? How are enactments of togetherness mediated? Thus we invite papers that respond or add to the following topics: · technological, material, visual, discursive and affective enactments of togetherness · spaces, scaling and intersecting spaces/scaling of togetherness · rhythms, sequences and temporalities of making togetherness · practices of confluence, collaboration and intersection in diverse settings · inclusion, exclusion, movements and stillness that make togetherness · the social, political and economical costs of making togetherness · re-imagining and re-doing togetherness