Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012

Research Committee on
Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture, RC14

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Main theme

Justice and democracy in the contemporary culture


Programme Coordinators

Christiana CONSTANTOPOULOU, Panteion University, Greece,

For Sessions in English

For Sessions in French

For Sessions in Spanish

RC14 Liaison in Argentina
Ana Marotías, Universidad de Buenos Aires,

Volunteer at the venue
Andrés Scharager,


All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.


provisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order


Ciudadanía digital, e-democracia y e-competencia en las sociedades contemporáneas


Consumer culture and social issues


Contemporary Communication Issues


Cultural industries, new media and art in the global world


Desarrollo social y cooperación 2.0


Discours à propos de la démocratie


Imaginaires démocratiques contemporains


Jóvenes y comunicación


Language and discourse in online social media

Joint session of RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture and RC25 Language and Society [host committee]
Online social media allow horizontal mediated interaction in real time across the world. The technologically-induced capacities and constraints of such interactions are drawing scholarly attention under the concept,"mediatised" communication (July 2011, Language and Communication).

This session explores mediatised language and discourse in the digitised milieu, considered at macro-, meso- or microlevels of analysis. Governments and corporations have new means to control informational content, discourse practices and language use, while their constituencies develop new means of resistance and advocacy. These innovations proceed mainly through language, creating as by-product enormous databases ("corpora") for sociological and linguistic analyses. Visual imagery and photographic presence increasingly factor into online interactions, including creation (often collaboratively, among strangers) of aesthetic, intellectual or politically-directed cultural products.

The suggested topics should stimulate, not limit, the range of submissions:
  1. The social media environment itself merits study, featuring diversity and inequalities: Do online inequalities match social divisions in geographically-circumscribed communities? Traditional bases of unequal access to information technologies might apply -- e.g., financial, disability-related, geographic, age-cohort, linguistic -- while specific parameters change.
  2. Groups and individuals enter communicative contact as never before, requiring new norms of privacy, disclosure, politeness, etc., probably triggered by communicative failures with irreversible serious consequences.
  3. Parallel social media networks reflect linguistic boundaries that are, however, becoming permeable as machine translation improves. Conversely, removing geographic barriers allows scattered small language communities to preserve threatened languages.
  4. For-profit and non-profit groups develop platforms for social media in niche markets. These platforms carry linguistic and discourse constrictions, e.g., short “tweets;” users communicate distinctively, developing "registers" and "jargons."
  5. The social organization of work reflects emerging expertise in the conditions and content of language use online, widely affecting occupational discourse styles and status-rankings -- journalists to political organizers to humanists, etc.
  6. New conditions of language use infringe on traditional linguistic authority (arbiters of "correctness"), accelerating linguistic change.
  7. The conditions of online conversations (anonymity; disembodied conversation partners ; misperceptions of alter`s characteristics) affect discourse styles, in ways needing documentation.


Leisure and digital transformation: Emerging patterns of communication and electronic community/ El ocio y las transformaciones digitales/ Les loisirs et les transformations numériques

Joint session of RC13 Sociology of Leisure [host committee] , RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology
Application of digital technology in all aspects of human life has not only changed but has actually transformed human life. Digitization, by enabling new types of innovation and creativity in particular domains, has not only revolutionized communication but has also enhanced support to traditional methods. Digital transformation affects not only government, business, mass communication, art or even medicine but also leisure in a significant manner.

Digital transformation not only refers to the concept of `going paperless´ but also visiting places virtually and making use of leisure in manners hitherto unknown and unpracticed. One major consequence of digital transformation is the creation of electronic and virtual communities that have totally changed the character of leisure. The global computer network of the Internet is beginning to make radical changes in the way consumers conduct their economic, social, leisure and professional lives.

This session may also examine that how leading electronic communities that are revolutionizing the way consumers plan vacations, watch sports, find jobs and conduct other key aspects of their lives including leisure. The changes brought about by digital transformation offer not only significant opportunities but also the threats ahead. The session would examine if this revolution is a boon or a bane.

La aplicación de tecnología en todos los aspectos de la vida humana, no solamente, ha cambiado, sino, ha transformado la vida humana. La digitalización ha permitido nuevos tipos de innovación y creatividad a nivel indivudual; así como también, la revolución de las comunicaciones y de los métodos de aplicación de ellas.

La transformación digital no solo afecta a gobiernos, la economía, la comunicación de masa, las artes o la medicina, sino también, al tipo de ocio relizado en la actualidad; visitando, de forma virtual, lugares, por citar solo un ejemplo. Internet está empezando a hacer cambios radicales en la manera en que los consumidores planean vacaciones, miran deportes, encuentran trabajos, y manejan otros aspectos claves de sus vidas.

Los cambios que se están creado ofrecen, no solo, oportunidades, sino también, amenazas. Son estos cambios y potenciales escenarios de transformación que se centrará la presente sesión, con el fin de debatir y analizar los niveles y tipos de oportunidades o desventajas que desprenden las transformaciones digitales antes mencionadas.

L´application de la technologie numérique dans tous les aspects de la vie humaine n`a pas seulement changé, mais a réellement transformé la vie humaine. La numérisation, en permettant de nouveaux types d`innovation et de créativité dans des domaines particuliers, n`a pas seulement révolutionné la communication, mais a également renforcé le soutien aux méthodes traditionnelles. La transformation numérique affecte non seulement le gouvernement,les entreprises, la communication de masse, l`art ou même la médecine, mais aussi de loisirs d`une manière significative.

La transformation numérique ne concerne pas seulement la question de l´abdication du papier , mais met aussi en place la possibilité de rendre visite virtuellement , en faisant usage de loisirs dans les façons jusqu`ici inconnues. Une conséquence majeure de la transformation numérique est la création de communautés électroniques et virtuelles qui ont totalement changé le caractère de loisirs. Le réseau informatique mondial de l`Internet commence à faire des changements radicaux dans la façon dont les consommateurs peuvent exercer leurs droits économiques, sociaux, de loisirs et vie professionnelle.

Cette session peut également examiner la façon dont les communautés virtuelles révolutionnent la façon des consomateurs pour planifier leurs vacances, leurs activités esportives, rencontrent un emploi, et conduisent les aspects clefs de leurs vies, y compris les loisirs. Les changements apportés par les transformations numériques offrent non seulement des opportunités significatives, mais aussi les menaces à venir. La session examinera si cette révolution est une aubaine ou un fléau.


Media, cultural diversity and identity transformations in a global world


New media, democracy and social justice Part I


New media, democracy and social justice Part II


RC14 Business Meeting


Redes y transformaciones sociales


Responsabilidad social, participación y medios de comunicación


Videography and the analysis of visual knowledge and culture

Joint session of RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture and RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology [host committee]
The last decades have witnessed a `visual revolution´. Visual technologies have become part of the everyday life of more and more people who are not only audiences, but also producers. Particularly the availability and omnipresence of video recordings has transformed everyday culture as well as actors’ knowledge. At the same time, sociology and the social sciences around the globe are developing methods for the analysis of audio-visual data.

One the one hand audio-visual data allows the researchers to capture, store and analyse visible conduct in a variety of settings. Videographic studies have been undertaken in e.g. workspaces, education, museum studies and vernacular communication. The methods for studying visible conduct aim especially at reconstructing the communication processes in which actors render visible their visual knowledge. The analysis of video data will, therefore, be one of the foci of the session.

On the other hand also video recordings generated by the actors come into focus, be it recordings of private events like weddings as well as recordings of political events that are circulated via YouTube and Wikileaks etc. and the methodical approach to this other form of visual data will be discussed.

The aim of this session is to bring together researchers that either present methodological, methodical questions or exemplary empirical analyses related to video analysis, visual knowledge, culture and communication. Finally, other visual forms of knowledge, such as photography or diagrams, shall be addressed in this session.

We invite sociological and social scientific papers on recent methodical or methodological questions or empirical findings that address questions of the analysis of visual data in the field of visual knowledge and culture.




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