Call for Papers – ICCS (International Conference on Civic Space) 2013


International Conference on Civic Space (2) 2013
Universitas Indonesia
Conference Theme:
Bricks and Bytes: Civic Space and the Multitude of Social Media
Time: 25-28 June 2013
Venue: Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

On 2010, the 1st International Conference on Civic Space held in Depok, Universitas Indonesia, which was aJoint Conference of University of British Columbia and Universitas Indonesia. The 1st Conference sought critical comparisons between nations across Asia, both on the level of theoretical and historical processes. By focusing on urban cultures in relation to formations of civil society, the state cultural strategies, and forces of capitalism, the conference brought in comparative histories and comparative geographies, and expanded the historical and theoretical contexts in which to engage critically new formations and new knowledge of Asian cities.

Now, the 2nd Conference which will be held in 2013, aims to explore the theme ‘Bricks and Bytes: Civic Space and the Multitude of Social Media.’
With the broadening, deepening, and acceleration of global interconnectedness in nearly all aspects of contemporary life, our world continues to be molded into a shared economic, cultural, and political arena. The proliferation of new media and information technologies, especially the explosion of social media usage, has intensified this process, and brought new realities to our society. As the global internet penetration grows from low millions in early 1990s to low billions today, this technology has become an unavoidable fact of life for governments, corporations, civil society, and regular citizens worldwide.
In political arena, all over the world people have utilized global information and communication technologies to redefine the public sphere. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wallstreet to the Spanish Indignados political activists have been utilizing social media networks to challenge the status quo, contesting new territories of this ‘convivial’ medium. Yet, those in power try to recapture the emerging venues and avenues with control, censorship, and draconian regulatory frameworks. Old battles are fought in the new terrain. How does this new terrain transform the notion of participation and civic engagement? What are the real-world conditions for a flourishing adaptation and adoption of these new social networking tools? How do the new democratic practices of politics intersect with the process of media corporatization that operates in social media and media landscape in general?

In cultural arena, new ways of distribution and dissemination of cultural artifacts are emerging. Straying away from the traditional marketing strategy in favor of a social network based practices, a Korean singer PSY with its Gangnam Style, not only is the epitome of the new, revolutionary, way of marketing, but also a product of the new wave of cultural globalization. How PSY gets people who have never heard Korean walking around singing every word of lyrics they do not understand is a testimony of how locals and global have become more interconnected than ever. How does this interconnectivity change, transform, and alter the production and consumption of culture, art and creativity? Further, how does (social media driven) participatory culture transform the production and distribution of knowledge? How does this challenge the conventional ways of producing and consuming ‘things’?

The growth and development of mobile social media networks not only transform ways in which people interact and communicate but also how people come together and interact in physical spaces, including public space. What happens as new kinds of information flow into physical spaces? What is their implication on our everyday social and spatial practices? Ironically, the growth of social media, especially among the youth, is also associated with the decline of civic spaces—public parks, squares, and others—from our modern cities. As our youth spend more and more time on the screen, how does this translate into the everyday-ness? What are gained, what are lost?

How does the real work of architecture and design adapt and reflect this new mediated world? How do social media change our experiences of architecture, building, places, and the city? As we inhabit the two spaces—one physical, one virtual—how do we approach the world of design?
As we rearrange our ‘being’ and ‘doing’ in physical and digital space, between bricks and bytes, we embrace multiple realities and manifold experiences of global, local, and everything-in-between. How are these dynamics implicated in the ways in which one behaves? How do these challenge (or not) our sense of belonging, social identity, and community?

We invite those who are interested in exploring the questions we pose, and beyond, to participate in this conference.
Topics include, but not limited to:
•Social media and the production of knowledge
•Global-local dynamics
•Art, popular culture and creative intervention
•Youth and violence
•Corporatization and democratization
•Alternative modernities
•City, citizenship and civic engagement
•Social movement and insurgencies
•Participatory and peer-to-peer culture

A) Individual papers
Those wishing to present papers at the conference are invited to send a 300 words of abstract and send it to: February 14, 2013.
B) Panel
We welcome any proposal to organize a panel on a particular topic relevant to the conference theme. The panel coordinator should submit the panel registration form below (which includes the names of panel members and their abstracts, a discussant (if needed) by February 14, 2013.
C) Poster
Those wishing to exhibit poster on research and projects (including creative, innovative projects) related to the general theme and panel topics are encouraged to fill out poster registration form. (No papers and presentation are required). Posters should be printed on A1 papers. We will provide exhibition panels, space for exhibition and exhibition sessions. During the exhibition sessions, poster artists should be available near their posters to provide explanation to the conference participants.
Successful applicants for individual papers, panels and posters will be notified by March 1, 2013.

Paper submission
Paper in Englishis to be submitted by March 24, 2013. Submit the paper in the form of softcopy (Adobe PDF document), for the committee will make a proceeding in the form of a CD.

The 2nd International Conference on Civic Space(ICCS 2013) will be held in conjunction with QiR (Quality in Research) International Seminar 2013 organized . The conferences will be held in Yogyakarta, the city with rich cultural heritages and traditional civic space in Java, Indonesia, on 25-28 June 2013. The venue is Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a unique five-star hotel which offers something interesting and different for everyone in the family.
Various art centres are nearby, from Batik, silver jewelry, gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, wayang kulit (leather puppet), theater and other expressions of traditional art. The magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan are within reach, as well as the two-centuries old Kraton (the Sultan’s Palace). The architecture, temples and fine traditional culture add up to one ideal conference and vacation destination.

Conference Host:
The conference is hosted by Universitas Indonesia, and organized by the Department of Architecture (FTUI)

Conference Convenors:
Bambang Sugiarto, Dean Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia
Bondan T. Sofyan, Chairman QiR 2013
Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, Head, Dept. of Architecture

Steering Committee:
Abidin Kusno
Gunawan Tjahjono
Melani Budianta
Stephen Cairns
Jane Jacob
Hasan-Uddin Khan
Merlyna Lim
Lai Chee Kien

Organizing Committee & Secretariat:
Arum Kusumawardhani

For further information, please contact:
Arum :
Secretariat of the International Conference on Civic Place (2) 2013
Department of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia
Gedung Arsitektur FTUI
Depok 16424, Indonesia
Phone: 62-21-7863512begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 62-21-7863512end_of_the_skype_highlighting Fax: 62-21-7863514


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