2015 Mobile participation - beyond consumption workshop

Diarise 28 August 9-4pm for a day-long workshop

Mobile participation - beyond consumption.

We have two guest speakers lined up- We will be hosting Prof Gerard Goggin from Sydney University. We also have Prof Ana Deumert from Linguistics lined up to talk to us about her new book Sociolinguistics of Mobile Communication.

Our other talks will  focus on mobile participation and design ethnography - in particular what we've learned from the Nokia/Microsoft project so far.The session is also ikely to interest those of you working on accessibility/disability as Gerard is a leading scholar on mobiles and disability

Venue: TB Davie Room, Postgraduate Centre, Otto Beit Building

Provisional Programme

9am Opening

9.15 Gerard Goggin  - Disability and Mobile Participation

10.00 Ana Deumert- Sociolinguistics and Mobile Communication

10.30 Break for tea

11.00 Marion Walton - Understanding mobile participation - transdisciplinary approaches

11.30 Alette Schoon - Upliftment not downliftment: Hip hop artists and their digital practices of assigning value and self-worth in the face of neo-liberal symbolic violence

12.00 Anja Venter - Smash the Black Box: Designing for Creative Mobile Machinery

12.30pm Jonathan Donner -  Remarks on After Access

A note on Digital Participation

People around the world are embracing computing and digital media, using an array of devices, operating systems, local media sharing and cloud-based services. Increasingly affordable consumer electronics have expanded the number of contexts in which media, games and other software can be accessed. This technology has also improved our ability to create, share and interact with and around various forms of media.

Many new voices can make themselves heard particularly through social and mobile media as they converge with mass media. Nonetheless, key voices in society are still silenced or struggle to gain attention. Digital surveillance, monetisation and algorithmic controls also threaten freedom.

By taking user-centred, ethnographic and action-research approaches our Digital Participation group studies technologies in use in field contexts such as homes, libraries, clinics, classrooms, community broadcasters, after-school and holiday programmes, as well as in controlled settings at the university. Such fieldwork allows us to understand the economic, social and power dynamics that come into play as people access, use and create digital media, in addition to highlighting areas of need and allowing a close focus on the usability, communicative value and cultural significance of specific designs and communicative strategies.

Through a variety of methods, technical and creative, we explore these relationships and tensions, with a focus on implications for practical designs. This research, at the intersection of creative arts, anthropology, linguistics, information technology, and media studies, is inspired by the need to understand agency and obstacles to digital participation.

Gerard Goggin Biographical details

Gerard Goggin is the inaugural Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, a position he has held since 2011. Previous appointments include Professor of Digital Communications ast University of New South Wales (2007-2010), the University of Queensland, Southern Cross University, and, as visiting professor, the University of Barcelona.

Research interests

Gerard's research focusses on social, cultural, and political aspects of digital technologies, especially the Internet and mobile phones and media. He has published 13 books and over 140 journal articles and book chapters.

As well as his academic roles, Goggin has had a twenty-year involvement in communications and telecommunications policy, including appointments as a board member of the Disability Studies and Research Institute (DsaRI), foundation board member of the peak organization Australian Consumer Communication Action Network (ACCAN), deputy chair of the self-regulatory body Telephone Information Services Standards Council (TISSC), and member of the Australian e-Research Infrastructure Council (AeRIC).