cfp Changing Features? Performing the Self in Digital Culture. SIEF2019 Panel

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
SIEF: International Society of Ethnology and Folklore

Call for Papers SIEF Panel / Working Group Digital Ethnology and Folklore

Changing Features? Performing the Self in Digital Culture

Deadline: 15 October 2018, Proposal upload via SIEF website

14th SIEF Congress Santiago de Compostela/Spain 14-19 April 2019


    Fatma Sagir (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
    Robert Glenn Howard (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Long before the emergence of Instagram and YouTube as digital platforms
for self-presentation and 'self-re-presentation' (Thumim 2015), Sherry
Turkle's The Second Self (1984) explored the question how computers and
technology change our view of ourselves by recognizing computers had
begun shape our social lives. Today, not only our attitude towards
technology in our everyday lives seems to be profoundly changed but
also our understanding and the presentation of ourselves in digital
culture is shifting.

From soup to spa, digital culture shares everything of everyday life.
Objects, spaces and people are constantly being documented. Through
these practices, a huge global market has emerged. Digital culture
offers a space to position the user's image, to arrange elements of
everyday life as if props for the performance of selves. Erving
Goffman's ideas on the presentation of the self derive from the world
of theatre, where stage, actor and performance emerge inseparably
together. Taking perspective to the digital age emphasises the dynamics
between technology, users, and audience.

This panel seek to explore questions such as:

-What does the constant documentation of everyday life do to the self?

-Are private lives different from public lives, when the private is
made public through "broadcasting" from spaces that are generally
considered private, such as the bedroom?

-How does the digital in digital culture support these exposures of the

We invite paper presentations (15-20 min) from different fields and disciplines. We are open to a variety of methods, theoretical approaches and topics.

For proposal uploads and further information go to the panel website

Deadline 15 October 2018