Futuresonic Conference - Call for Proposals

Futuresonic brings 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, technologists and scientists from the digital culture, music and art communities to Manchester for four days of seminars, workshops and events. At the heart of the festival is the internationally-acclaimed Futuresonic conference, and its focal point the Social Technologies Summit. It has prefigured new trends and is a place where important international discussions take place.

The 2008 conference will explore the theme of Online, Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking. The conference will also mark 40 years since people took to the streets of Paris in 1968 calling for society to be abolished, and will assess the claims of today’s digital culture as a potential catalyst of radical change amidst wider currents of radicalism.

=Submissions are now invited to the Futuresonic conference and the Social Technologies Summit. Proposals for talks, presentations and workshops plus also session themes are invited. Submissions of innovative formats for social interaction and experimentation are encouraged.=

The Conference Theme: Online, Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking

Computers have become social interfaces for sharing digital media and collaborating to build online communities and folksonomies. Social technologies create an extension of social space, and new ways for people to come together, meet and share in today's society. As well as social software such as MySpace, Flickr, YouTube and FaceBook, there are technologies created and maintained by social networks, such as communities of developers and users working collaboratively with open source tools, or that enable people to connect with each other in public places, or that bind people together in their everyday lives.

The Social Technologies Summit will explore the new social spaces and the social implications of technologies for the many different kinds of people who make, use and are affected by them.

Some proclaim the death of email. Life is supposed to be 'more social' - easier to communicate, the world at our finger tips, more sharing, more social. But this is a time when we see how electronic communication can isolate us, as more and more people drown in a deluge of email that generates stress, even reducing IQ. Additionally, 'online communities' are based upon an artificial equivalence between 'users' which obscures power relationships and issues of ownership.

In all parts of the globe people are seeking to open up or hold onto places to meet and communicate freely, online and offline. In India we see emergent kinds of community media, in South Korea new social uses of the mobile internet, and in Brazil the spread of 'cultural hotspots'.

For details on how to submit a proposal visit the Futuresonic website.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Tuesday 18 December 2007.
Futuresonic Conference and Social Technologies Summit:

What: Futuresonic Conference - Call for Proposals
Where: Various venues and locations across Manchester
When: Thu 1 - Sun 4 May 2008
Further Details:
- Visit the Futuresonic website
Contact: info@futuresonic.com
Deadline: 5pm, Tue 18 Dec 2007