DIGITAL COMMUNITIES: SOCIAL PROXIMITY FROM A SPATIAL DISTANCE
Call for Abstracts
Time: 18.-19.07.2024 (conference days) / 31.03.24 (deadline for the submission of abstracts)
Location: Kiel University, Germany
• Centre for Sociological Theory (https://www.st.uni-kiel.de/en), Prof. Dr. Robert Seyfert
• in cooperation with the Ferdinand Tönnies Society and the Section of Sociological Theory at the German Sociological Association (DGS).
In 1887, the Kiel sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies published Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft, one of the central classics of sociology. Since then, community and society have become some of the most influential and productive sociological concepts. However, the treatment of the two terms within social science research is quite different. While the concept of society has established itself as a central analytical concept, the concept of community tends to be confronted with affirmative references and normative criticism from the outset. This privileging of the concept of society can also be found in sociological studies on digital transformation.
Sociological research is dominated by studies on the digital society (Baecker 2018; Helbing 2014; Nassehi 2020). In contrast, studies on the digital community, especially in sociological diagnoses of contemporary life, are only marginal in nature or have so far only been scattered without a systematic theoretical context. The concept of the digital community is assumed rather than explicated, such as in the discussion about a supposed social polarisation through social media (Bruns 2019). Based on this realisation, the conference at Kiel University will explore the potential of the concept of community in the context of digital transformation. Three different levels of analysis will be distinguished:
The conference language is English. The aim is to publish the conference papers in English in a special issue or an anthology.
It is possible to apply for travel grants. For further information, please contact the organizers.
Send abstracts of no more than two pages by 31.03.2024 to firstname.lastname@example.org