P19
Circulating social worlds in polymedia

Convenors:
Katja Valaskivi (University of Tampere)
Johanna Sumiala (University of Helsinki)
Anne Heimo (University of Turku)
Location:
Ülikooli 18, 227
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This interdisciplinary panel looks at the ways in which the internet and mobile-phone based platforms and devices - in other words polymedia - circulate and shape experiences of the construction of shared social worlds and (trans)national identities.

Long abstract:

The recent developments in the contemporary mediascape, to use the seminal work of Appadurai (1990) have profoundly shaped our perception and experience of the social. The Internet and mobile-phone based platforms and devices - polymedia as Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller call it (2012) - have affected the present day communicative practices of establishing and maintaining shared social worlds. In this panel we apply the concepts of circulation and polymedia to examine the flows of mediated items, ideas, and actors travelling materially and/or immaterially from one actor, location and site to another. The panel invites theoretical, methodological and empirical papers that look into the dynamics of circulation of social worlds in the framework of polymedia. Following themes could be addressed: the construction and maintenance of (trans)national identities in and via circulation, circulation as a theoretical and methodological tool for the social and cultural analysis of polymedia. media technology and the social, migration, identities and polymedia.