Our world is in the grip of a series of interrelated crises, many of which involve the creation, collapse and reconstitution of borders and boundariesterritorial (the “refugee crisis”, new forms of extractive neo-colonialism), socio-spatial (urban restructuring, segregation and displacement,) political (Brexit, Trump, the rise of the far-right globally) and personal (self-tracking, automated surveillance and digital labour). Even as some borders appear weakened due to technological change and the increased fluidity of social identities, new boundaries around national identity and ethnicity are erected in their place. The fracturing of the neoliberal consensus since 2008 has challenged conceptual boundaries relating to the economy, society and the role of the state, but no coherent alternative set of ideas has yet become apparent, let alone dominant. In Gramsci’s words, “the old is dying and the new cannot be born.”

Borders and Boundaries: Territories, Technologies, Transgressions locates itself in this historical moment, seeking to explore the forces of deterritorialization and reterritorialization active in this conjuncture. This conferenceorganised by postgraduate students from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Goldsmiths Collegeseeks to disrupt and destabilise boundaries while creating productive border­-zones where cultures and disciplines can interact. We invite academics, students, activists, artists and other interested people to submit proposals on a wide variety of themes related to the conference title including, but not limited to:

    • Ideologies and hegemonies: techniques and practices of power (including: development and reproduction of dominant media narratives; statecraft; othering and erection of conceptual borders; participation as collusion and co-optation)
    • Oppositional communicative practices: participation, protest and rebellion: (including: established and alternative forms of participation; the capacity of technologies to break boundaries and challenge hierarchies; social movement and protest politics)
    • Alternative and community media practices: transgressions and challenges: (including: media and communicative practices of oppressed and marginalised groups; creation, disruption, rearticulation and reconstitution of personal and collective identities)
    • Altered media landscapes: political economies and technological change (including: the impact of new media on hierarchies and modalities of media power; changing political economies of data, digital infrastructure and mass media)
    • The politics of the sensory: modes and modalities of communication (including; sensory technologies and methodologies; the internet and visual communication; transgressive and oppositional practice in arts; non-linguistic communication in mass media)

The call for submissions has now closed.

Best project awards

As part of the conference we will be running a best project competition, with a chance to win a prize of £150. If your abstract has been accepted for presentation and you would like to enter the competition, you will be required to submit a completed paper/video/poster visual no later than June 1, 2017 to The MeCCSA PGN committee will decide on the winner. The prize will be awarded during the MeCCSA PGN annual general meeting on the first day of the conference.

Special conference issue of Networking Knowledge

The prize winner and two finalists will automatically be invited to feature in a special conference issue of Networking Knowledge, journal of the MeCCSA PGN. The call for submissions for the special conference issue of Networking Knowledge will be open to all presenters at the MeCCSA PGN Conference 2017.

Travel Grants

One of our main goals is to make the conference as accessible as possible. In addition to keeping registration costs low, we have allocated funds to support a limited number of presenters with their travelling expenses. For more information on applying for a travel grant, see here.