Call for Abstracts

Conference theme: Digital life and digital detox

It is nothing new, but it deserves repeating: media are a ubiquitous part of everyday lives. For decades, we have discussed mediatization, produsage, the mediapolis, and how media are the extension of man. But with smartphones, push notifications, self-tracking devices, and social media, both our news consumption and our cultural, societal, and interpersonal lives takes place through media and by media. And within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, our professional lives have been remarkably digitized during the last year. As Mark Deuze argues, life is lived in, not with, media. Just like the fish does not think about the water that surrounds, people tend to not think about being constantly surrounded by media. One consequence of the omnipresence is that the media become invisible; “they disappear from consciousness when used intensely” (Deuze, 2011: 137).

However, we simultaneously see contestation of the constant connectivity. We are encouraged to replace the smartphone with a dumb phone, the smartwatch with an old-fashioned wristwatch, and to track our screen-time with various apps in order to limit it. The notion of digital detox is gaining still traction and attention. Trine Syvertsen and Gunn Enli (2019) describes how the idea of digital detox purveys a nostalgia for the past and a more authentic lifestyle, and this can be seen as standing in the tradition of media and technology resistance and the view that media user patterns are dangerous and unhealthy.

At the biennial meeting in the Association of Media Researchers in Denmark (SMiD), we wish to revisit the discussions of media usage and the role of (digital) media in our daily lives. Therefore, we encourage contributions concerning (but not limited to):

  • Practices of use of and abstinence from media
  • The ubiquity of media and communication technologies
  • Tracking and self-tracking
  • Convergence of technologies and of the uses of them
  • Changing relationships between mass and networked communication
  • The role of “old” media in the current media environment

As always, the biennial meeting also welcomes contributions from the broader field(s) of media and communication research.

For the biennial meeting, we welcome abstracts for individual papers (max 400 words) and for panels. Panels consists of 3-5 papers, and the abstract submission should consist of a panel rationale (max 300 words) + abstracts for all papers (max 150 words each).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2021 (note the extension). Please submit abstracts through the abstract-submission module (opens in a new tab).

Notification of acceptance will be right after the board meeting on February 1, 2021.

The biennial meeting will take place on April 22-23, 2021. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, a decision will be made and communicated later as to whether the biennial meeting will take place at a physical location (in Nyborg, Denmark), virtually, or in a hybrid format.