The 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a
Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political
Economy and Critical Theory.
Vienna University of Technology.
June 3-7, 2015.
Organised by the The ICTs and Society Network - an international
research network that aims to bring together critical Internet/digital
February 27, 2015
Part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015: Information Society at the
Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information.
Keynote speakers: http://summit.is4is.org/programme/speakers
Given that the information society and the study of information face a
world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the
Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society
Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main
challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism
today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there?
What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the
relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal
developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can
critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet
and social media today?
Presentations and submissions are organised in the form of 23 panel
topics (ICT&S1-ICT&S23; please indicate the panel identification number
to which you submit in your submisison/abstract):
* ICT&S1 The Internet and Critical Theory:
* ICT&S2 The Internet, Karl Marx, and Marxist Theory:
* ICT&S3 The Internet, Commodities and Capitalism:
* ICT&S4 The Political Economy of Online Advertising
* ICT&S5 The Internet and Power:
* ICT&S6 Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism and the Internet:
* ICT&S7 Dallas Smythe and the Internet:
* ICT&S8 Critical Cultural Studies Today: Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart
* ICT&S9 The Frankfurt School and the Internet:
* ICT&S10 Marxist Semiotics, Marxist Linguistics, Critical Psychology,
Marxism and the Internet
* ICT&S11 The Internet and Global Capitalism
* ICT&S12 The Internet and Neoliberalism with Chinese Characteristics
* ICT&S13 The Political Economy of Digital Labour
* ICT&S14 The Political Economy of the Internet and the Capitalist State
* ICT&S15 Ideology Critique 2.0: Ideologies of and on the Internet
* ICT&S16 Hegel 2.0: Dialectical Philosophy and the Internet
* ICT&S17 Capitalism and Open Access Publishing
* ICT&S18 Class Struggles, Social Struggles and the Internet
* ICT&S19 Critical/Radical Internet Studies, the University and Academia
* ICT&S20 The Internet and the Left
* ICT&S21 Anti-Capitalist Feminism and the Internet Today
* ICT&S22 The Internet, Right-Wing Extremism and Fascism Today
* ICT&S23 An Alternative Internet
Please submit an extended abstract of 750-2000 words:
First register and then select the conference “ISIS Summit Vienna 2015”
and the conference stream “ICTS 2015”
Only one submission per person will be considered
Please indicate the number/ID of the panel to which you are submitting
at the start of your abstract (ICTSxx). Submissions without panel
identifier or that fall outside the topics covered by the 23 panels will
not be further considered.