Log In, Live On – Music and Cyberculture in the Age of the Internet of Things

CALL FOR PAPERS
October 7 – 8 2016 FCSH-New University of Lisbon – Portugal

Organization: CysMus (Group for Advanced Studies in Music and Cyberculture) of SociMus (Advanced Studies in Sociology of Music), CESEM (Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Research Center) FCSH-UNL

The conference’s aim is to join researchers, specialists, artists, students, producers, and other interested parties, in the discussion of transdisciplinary topics and problems regarding the politic economy of music in digital communicational paradigms, in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). This global system, seen as a network of objects, devices and services, that share information and skills, is, increasingly, a central aspect in the construction of everyday life.

With the dissemination of domestic Internet and digital applications, equipments and contents, the modes and behaviors of musical production, circulation and listening have been reconfigured in a persistent and radical way. This process sees the emergence of the peer-to-peer system, the iPod and the increase of portable listening devices, social networks and streaming, the proliferation of blogs and all kinds of online forums, the intense dissemination of musical composition software and equipment (as well as the expansion of DIY practices), the increment of production and consumption of digital audiovisual media with a wide circulation and access, such as music videos, videogames, reality shows, tv series and other television contents, animations, advertisements and other audiovisual products.

This conference seeks to inquire about the construction of realities, subjectivities and communities based on music as an essential structural element. It proposes an exploration of the aspects of production, circulation, collaborative practices, transformation and ‘remediation’, co-creation and capitalization of musical and audiovisual contents in online platforms, in the context of complex networks of cybercommunities, taking into account the sociability between users, consumers, creators and companies.

The topics to be discussed are, among others:
• the uses of music in digital audiovisual contents and processes (videogames, tv series, movies, advertisements, music videos, etc.); dramaturgy and soundscapes in the symbolic economy of the IoT;

• music in the transformation or reproduction of modes of subjectivity and alterity in the cyberworld;

• cybercommunities and fans, politics of interactivity and convergence / divergence among users, consumers, creators and companies;

• music and the production of symbolic value and representations, from the Web 2.0 to the IoT;

• the mobility of devices that allow musical listening (mobile music) and its role in the construction of everyday life;

• modes of circulation and sharing of audiovisual contents in several online platforms and systems (such as streaming, liveblogging, youtube, social networks), co-production and co-creation of audiovisual contents by users;

• internet culture, celebrity, visibility and reality programs;

• transformations of professional statuses and profiles in music and its relation with new copyright laws, as well as new modes of production and circulation of musical and audiovisual contents;

The conference will take place in Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of UNL, organized by CysMus/SociMus, of CESEM (Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Research Center)

All interested in participating are invited to send a proposal (maximum 200 words), biographical note (maximum 150 words) and 5 keywords until 30th April 2016, to cysmusportugal [at] gmail.com with the subject “Log In Live On”. The organization will announce the results before the end of May.

Coordenation: Paula Gomes Ribeiro, Joana Freitas, Júlia Durand
Scientific committee: António de Sousa Dias (ESART-IPCB), João Pedro Cachopo (CESEM/FCSH – UNL), Jelena Novak (CESEM/FCSH – UNL), José Luís Ferreira (ESML/IDEA-CESEM), Mário Vieira de Carvalho (CESEM/FCSH – UNL), Paula Gomes Ribeiro (CESEM/FCSH – UNL), Tomás Henriques (SUNY College at Buffalo NY/CESEM).