4th International Conference
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
Differences, Solidarities and Digital Technologies
Middle East Technical University
Northern Cyprus Campus
Tuesday, 1 July through Friday, 4 July, 2014
The 4th International Conference of the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network aims to examine the influence of the spread and growth of digital technology on constructions, concepts, and perceptions of difference and solidarity. By “digital technology” we mean any combination of electronic devices and digital communication including the devices themselves (from smart phones to servers), software and applications, and communication networks. Approximately two thirds of the world’s population (according to the World Bank) has limited access to digital technologies, yet the remaining one third of the population who use these technologies are arguably reshaping concepts of difference and solidarity that have broad implications for all people, their social and cultural institutions, the environment, economic systems, etc. As an example of an area of contested solidarity and difference within that one third of global users, are the broad claims from academia, the market, and digital technology proponents regarding the use of digital technology and devices to promote solidarities, virtual and real, and create an easing of difference through democratizing constructs such as increased access to the internet and communication devices. Contrary arguments assert that solidarities in a virtual world are not possible; that the democratizing effect of the internet, or even wireless service, is an illusion constructed by large corporations that control many of the on-ramps and consumer interfaces of the web in neoliberal societies; and that the growth of use of digital technologies creates new differences and increasingly solidifies existing ones.
This conference seeks to provide a space for scholars to take stock of the present global context and share knowledge – specific or general, empirical or theoretical, with a view to develop and explore the possible ways of understanding the impact of digital technologies on differences and solidarities. The conference is intended to be interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from scholars whose research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Papers and panels are sought for presentation at parallel sessions where each paper will have a strict maximum of 20 minutes presentation time on panels of 2 papers with 25 minutes per paper discussion time.
Initial starting points for paper topics on the 2014 conference theme are listed below. We will also consider papers on themes from previous conferences and/or previous participants who have on-going research on broader areas of difference and solidarity. All papers/presentations should in some way connect to, or address, Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity:
Technology and hegemonies
Academia and technology:
Passive and active digital media
Ethics and digital technology
Art and Culture
New media subjectivity
These themes are not exhaustive and the organizers will consider other papers relevant to the conference subject of Digital Technologies and Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity. We expect to publish a post-conference edited book, derived from the papers presented and organized around themes that reveal themselves during the conference.
There will be two keynote plenary sessions with speakers to be announced. Reflecting the conference theme in the context of the conference venue, one of these sessions will focus on aspects of these themes in Cyprus.
The conference language is English and all papers and presentations should be in English.
The conference fee is 395 Euros (295 Euros for post-grad students and non-participants).
This fee includes:
Abstracts of no more than 350 words may be submitted online only:
For any questions or concerns please see our website, including the FAQ page, or contact the conference organizers at the email address below.
Scott H. Boyd
Middle East Technical University – Northern Cyprus Campus
Edge Hill University
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
is an initiative that seeks to promote ethical, responsible, and reasoned discussions, conferences, publications, and literary and artistic events on issues of cultural difference and social solidarity.
Note: CDSS receives no revenues or commissions from any authors' works posted on our website. We will gladly post conference participants' works which support our values to promote broad interdisciplinary research and discussions of societies and cultures.
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A conference seminar hosted by Plovdiv University -- Paisii Hilendarski and sponsored by Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity: an international network (CDSS), with thanks to the Fulbright Commission of Bulgaria for support of the organizer.
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Anita Haviv-Horiner/ Sibylle Heilbrunn
In 16 Interviews berichten Kinder von Holocaustüberlebenden, die in Deutschland aufgewachsen sind, über Ihre besondere Lebenssituation. Die Hälfte von Ihnen wohnt noch heute in Deutschland, die andere Hälfte ist nach Israel eingewandert. Es geht um Identität, Zugehörigkeit und "Heimat".
Edited by Scott H. Boyd and Mary Ann Walter.
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.