International Symposium | Digital Expressions of the Self

deadline for submissions: 
September 8, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
National Institute of Technology Silchar / University of Hyderabad / Goldsmiths University of London

Concept Note

This symposium engages with the digital forms of expressions of the self. It explores the ways in which, for instance, digital techniques now allow the construction of selves that often rely more on algorithms than any ‘original’ referent. Consider, for example, how algorithms simulate images, voices etc. and have become the basis for facial-biometric recognition, and similar datafication concerning the self. This shift is indicative of what we might term posthuman condition. Along these lines, we are interested in papers that engage with how expressions enhanced by algorithms produce multiple, fractured selves. Following Deleuze, we invite papers that engage with how the in-dividual has become ‘dividual’ in societies of post-control vis-a-vis the introduction of digital technologies. Finally we are interested in how people experiment with creative expressions of the self. ​Constructing the self in the digital sphere may involve processes of experimentation that in turn allow one to experience the self in multiple ways. This is mediated of course by the apparatus of the digital-codes and algorithms. Digital self-expression occurs both consciously and explicitly, and subconsciously and indirectly. Taking this as a point of departure, this symposium examines the broad range of digital expressions of the self.

Panel 1: Affect, Fandom and Liveness in Popular Culture, 8 Sep, 2:40--3:45 P.M. (Indian Time)

1)Live Performance and the Media: A Methodological Reflection on Analysing Stand-up Comedy in India -- Madhavi Shivaprasad, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

2) Yo Yo Matlab Aapka Apna : Locating Affect and Gender in Online Fandom of Yo Yo Honey Singh -- Prashastika Sharma, Ambedkar University, Delhi,  India

3) Digital Expression from the Shadow States: The in-betweeners in the Late-capitalist Era -- Sagorika Singha, The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India

Panel 2: The Self and/as Subject, 8 Sep, 4:45--6:00 P.M. (Indian Time)

1) Defining Our Google Self: Our Self Perception Meets The Platform Society -- Oshri Bar-Gil,
The Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv,  Israel

2) A New Normal: Social Media, Vanishing Cultural Values and the Digitalisation of Pregnancy among Nigerian  Women -- Henrietta Eshalomi, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

3) The Reality of the Internet and Its Effect on the Individual -- Simran Tapaswi, Student, IIT Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar, India

Panel 3: Being Seen, Being Social, 9 Sep, 2:40--3:45 P.M. (Indian Time)

1) “Why do Indians Cry Passionately on Insta?”: Grief Performativity and Ecologies of Commerce of ‘Crying Videos’ -- Soma Basu, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

2) Instagram and Ambiguities of Female Sexual Imagery -- Cheshta Arora, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India

3) (Re)Imagining the Khasi tribe on social media -- Rajani K Chhetri, Department of Mass Communication, Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, Assam, India

Panel 4: The Performative and the Political, 9 Sep, 4:45--6:00 P.M. (Indian Time)

1) No Politics on My Island: Animal Crossing and Politics of Digital Self-expression in China -- Lin Song
Department of Communication, University of Macau

2) “Revolution Will Not Happen on Facebook… but Propaganda can”: Political Practices, Strategies and Communities in Web 2.0 -- Akansha Tyagi [1] & Abhishek Kumar [2]
[1] Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India; [2] Department of Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

3) “Azadi’s Political until You're Pressing Play”: Digital Platforms and Hip-hop in India -- Debarun Sarkar
Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, India

Closing panel: Exploring identity and selfhood in digital spaces




1) Prof Ayona Datta, University College London (4:00 - 4:30 P.M. IST, 8th Septemper, 2021)

2) Dr Nimmi Rangaswamy, IIIT-Hyderabad (4:00 - 4:30 P.M. IST, 9th Septemper, 2021)


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