*Re-thinking Relationality in the Sociotechnological Condition* We are pleased to invite you to the workshop "Re-thinking Relationality in the Sociotechnological Condition" at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL). The event will be held on May 19th and 20th 2016. *Venue* Musikschule Lüneburg, Studio 2, St. Ursula-Weg 7, Lüneburg *Registration* If you would like to attend the event, please register with (paul.feigelfeld /at/ leuphana.de) until May 12th. *Organizers* Boris Traue, Post-Doc Researcher at the Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (boris.traue /at/ leuphana.de) Götz Bachmann, Professor for Digital Cultures at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) (goetz.bachmann /at/ leuphana.de) *Event description* Understandings of relations and relationality are currently under reconsideration both in sociology and media studies. Substantialist ideas of "the" social and "the" technological are frequently understood to have been effectively replaced by concepts of hybridity, sociotechnicality, naturecultures, spatiality, networks, etc. However, it seems as though these more holistic notions again need to be revised to adress the intersection of power, technology, and normativity in contemporary societies. A more radically relational perspective which adresses modes of experience within and through relational orders may be better suited to grasp both the horizontal (interactive, valuative) as well as vertical (hierarchical, ordering) aspects of realities in the cybernetic sociotechnological condition. It promises to account for the constitution of reflexivity and agency in the co-individuation of technologies, norms, and subjectivity. Recent developments in sociological and media research contribute to this debate with a triadic concept of relationality. The symposium brings together different strands of relational thought and research in social theory and media theory. It adresses the following questions: In what sense is the relation prior to what is being related, such as subjects, other living beings and things? Do technologies supplement, augment or replace institutional, normative power? How can the related entities re-work relations? What are agency and reflexivity in communication, discourses, assemblages, infrastructures, dispositifs, institutions, when these are understood as radically relational phenomena? An attempt to re-think, describe and understand relations at once lived and engineered may allow us to come to terms with the affective, emotional, normative and political underpinnings of contemporary communication societies. The two-day event engages sociologists and media scholars in a dialogue about the artificial nature of contemporary social and technological relations and their epistemic, agentic, political and normative dimensions. *Schedule* Thursday May 19th 9:30 -10:30 Arrival 10:30-11:00 Welcome: Götz Bachmann (Leuphana) Introduction: Boris Traue (Leuphana) 11:00-12:00 Hubert Knoblauch (Technische Universität Berlin) Subjectivity, Reciprocity, and Relationality 12:00-13:00 Anna Tuschling (Universität Bochum) „The forgotten Third?“ Relationality and Affective Computing 13:00-14:30 Lunch (at the venue) 14:30-15:30 Jérémy Grosman (Université de Namur) Youtube's Recommendation System: Relating Contents, Users and Advertisers 15:30-16:30 Michaela Pfadenhauer & Tilo Grenz (Universität Wien) Objectivation as Relationality. Consequences concerning Media Technology 16:30-17:00 Coffee Break 17:00-18:00 Mathias Blanc (CNRS, Lille) The relation-image. Relationality through Visual Media 18:00 – 19:00 Gesa Lindemann (Universität Oldenburg) The Triadic Structure of Dividualization and Individualiziation 19:00 – 19:30 Reception 20:30 Dinner (Restaurant) Friday May 20th 10:00 -11:00 Yuk Hui (Universität Lüneburg) On the Concretization of the Social in Light of a Realism of Relations 11:00 – 12:00 Paula Bialski (Universität Lüneburg) tba 12:00-13:00 Lunch 13:00 -14:00 Anna Henkel (Universität Oldenburg): Relations of Meaning. Relationing media of verbalized and corporealized meaning 14:00 - 15:00 Olli Pyyhtinen (Tampereen Yliopisto/University of Tampere) Human and Nonhuman Thirds and a Theory of Relations 15:00-16:00 Closing Round and Good-Byes
Re-thinking Relationality in the Sociotechnological Condition (19-20 May, 2016)
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