The DTMD Research Group has launched the Call for Papers. It always irritates me when people say 'we are excited about...' and then go in to talk about some tedious, mundane or even negative development, but this is different: I really am excited about DTMD 2017!
Information, narrative and rhetoric: exploring meaning in a digitalised society
Meaning is embedded within, and defined by, stories. This workshop will explore the use of the language of information in the stories of the digitalised society in order to enhance understanding, both of society and of information.
In this workshop, the Difference that Makes a Difference (DTMD) group will continue its interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of information and other phenomena by exploring its relationship to narrative and rhetoric. These conversations between – and across – disciplines encourage new perspectives and foster insight into the meanings and values we apply to our lives and way of living.
The workshop will address the following questions (among others):
- How is information represented/embodied through stories and narratives?
- In what way do the structures (e.g. shape and grammars) of stories create information in themselves?
- Is it necessary to have both rhetoric and narrative to create stories? Can narrative-free or rhetoric-free stories exist? For example, can a bitstream or a DNA sequence be considered a story, or do mathematical equations form narratives in themselves?
- What are the processes by which narratives are formed? How are meta-narratives formed, and what is their reflexive relationship with the information that the narrative shapes and is shaped by?
- Are there circumstances when the forming of a narrative leads to the destruction or ignoring of information? Likewise, are there circumstances when the destruction of a narrative leads to the creation of information?
- How do narratives become hegemonic on particular topics, for example, in political discourse? Who has the power to create and shape these hegemonic narratives?
- What does the relationship between information and narrative say about the rise of post-truth politics?
- What is the relationship between levels of abstraction (in Floridi’s sense) or levels of communication (in the sense of the ISO 7-layer model) and narratives?
- Which narratives, particularly in public discourse, are generated in ways that (deliberately or tacitly) exclude information from discussion rather than adding to it?
- How can we identify and investigate the narratives around digitalised societies, and critique the assumptions behind those narratives?
The conference will be opened by our keynote speaker, Ken MacLeod. Ken is a celebrated science fiction writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has written many novels which look in various ways at the relationship, both utopian and dystopian, between technology and society. He has been described as “one of the most consistently interesting authors we have in contemporary science fiction”. He has been a writer in residence at the Genomics Forum and the Creative Writing MA course at Edinburgh Napier University.
Important dates and submissions
Submissions should be made via the IS4SI summit website: http://is4si-2017.org/submissions/
- 8/1/2017: Call for papers launched
- 1/3/2017 Submission deadline for extended abstracts following the Instructions for Authors
- 1/4/2017 Acceptance notifications
- 15/4/2017 Program & Proceedings with extended abstracts prepared
- 30/4/2017 Conference Program on the web page http://is4si-2017.org/program/
- 12/6/2017-16/6/2017 Summit