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ICA 2023 Pre-conference annoucement: New Frontiers in Global Digital Inequalities Research

Thursday, 25 May, 2023
13:00 - 17:00 (half-day)
Division Affiliation: Communication and Technology Division, Communication Law & Policy Division
Description: This pre-conference explores new theories and methodologies for digital inequalities and injustice research from global perspectives. Contributions shall address the following questions:
To what extent does current digital inequality research capture differences in opportunities and outcomes along geographical, age, gender, race, ethnicity and other (intersecting) lines?
Considering the changing digital landscape, how might we reimagine theories and/or methodologies to guide future digital inequalities research and practice?

The pre-conference seeks to nurture new international collaborations based on innovative approaches to the study of digital inequalities. Approaches that really push the field forward allowing us to think critically about current research and practice and what this means for the future of the field are especially welcomed. It builds on the success of a blue skies workshop at the ICA 2022 conference, which revealed the need to carve a space within ICA for collaboration and networking among digital inequality and injustice researchers. In particular, we will actively seek contributions from emerging scholars in the Global South and other academics not often represented in the field.

Format: The pre-conference will follow a workshop format where participants will submit a position paper in the form of an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. This abstract should be based on theoretical and/or empirical work-in-progress and offer a critical reflection on one or both of the questions posed in the description above. We are explicitly looking for work that discusses which challenges inequalities and injustice research faces in a (differently) digital future.

Abstracts will be circulated before the conference amongst registered participants. These will be organised in themes by the organisers and the pre-conference itself will be workshopping around research agendas and practice in relation to these themes.

Submission process: Please submit your abstract here.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2023.
Acceptance decisions will be made by January 30, 2023.

Registration: There is a $50 registration fee which covers A/V equipment rental and coffee break costs. Following ICA fee guidelines, participants based in Tier B countries will receive a 25% discount, while participants in Tier C countries will receive a 50% discount (see list of countries here). The fee will be waived for all students.

Organizers: Ellen Helsper, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK); Stefano DeMarco, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain); Alexander van Deursen, Twente U (Netherlands); Teresa Correa, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile); Fabio Senne, Regional Center of Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Brazil); Fahed Al Sumait, American U of Kuwait (Kuwait); Hernan Galperin, U of Southern California (USA); Floor Fiers - Northwestern U (USA); Matias Dodel - Universidad Católica del Uruguay (Uruguay); Jack Qiu - NUS (Singapore).