Net-Cultures: Mobility and Location in Social Networks

On April 29th 2011, the Center for Network Culture at the IT University of Copenhagen hosted a kick-starter research symposium focusing on the mobile and local aspects of today’s networked cultures. The symposium addressed topics such as:

  • Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life practices;
  • New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative social media;
  • Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to location-based social networks;
  • Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / performance design;
  • Civic engagement and political participation through mobile social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
  • Learning and education potentials of mobile and location-based media;

The Center investigates the notion of networked culture, which we see as one of the defining characteristics of the contemporary world. The current discourse of networked cultures and globalization processes often assumes the growing insignificance of national boundaries and local identities. We argue that the global is not about to replace the local, but that these structures are being shifted and reconfigured. We believe that there is a need to further examine the relation between the local and the global, in order to understand how people are interacting in a networked world.

Networked interactions permeate our world. We no longer enter the Internet – we carry it with us. We experience it while moving through physical spaces. Mobile phones, GPS receivers, and RFID tags are only a few examples of location-aware mobile technologies that mediate our interaction with networked spaces and the people in them. And increasingly, our physical location determines the types of information with which we interact, and the people and things we find around us. These new kinds of networked interactions manifest in everyday social practices that are supported by the use of mobile technologies, such as participation in location based mobile games and social networks, engagement with location-based services, development of mobile annotation projects, and social mapping, just to name a few. The engagement with these practices has important implications for identity construction, our sense of privacy, our notions of place and space, civic and political participation, policy making, as well as cultural production and consumption in everyday life.

This event hosted a group of internationally recognized scholars interested in exploring how we experience our locally-rooted networked interactions.

Organizing committee:

Adriana de Souza e Silva
Bjarki Valtysson
Isabel Froes
Ida Toft (RA)
Amani Naseem (RA)

For further information, please contact:

Center for Network Culture
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaardsvej 7
2300 København S

net-cultures@itu.dk