Call for Papers für die Graduiertenkonferenz des Birkbeck Instituts mit dem Thema „Are we Living in an Age of Distraction?“ | London
Deadline Abstract: 26. April 2018 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 08.-09. Juni 2018
CFP: Birkbeck Institutes Graduate Conference 8-9 June 2018Theme: Are we Living in an Age of Distraction?This conference explores distraction and all its meanings and implications. Distraction is commonly thought of as a growing concern or even a sickness of modern society and digital culture. From mindless scrolling to heavy consumerism, the pursuit for entertainment and satisfaction is insatiable, leaving us vulnerable to ruling corporations. Does our lack of control transform us into a conformed mass that is susceptible to tabloid media and the rise of populism? On the other hand, distraction is not necessarily steeped in negativity. In fact, it has had a long and fascinating history. Its German equivalent, ‘Zerstreuung’, comes from the idea of dispersion. At the start of the twentieth-century, Walter Benjamin defined the term as ‘floating attention’, where experience is caused by chance rather than concentration. Does lack of focus in fact allow a sense of freedom and inspiration?
This conference aims to involve PhD students and early career researchers from all disciplines and institutions. It is funded by the Birkbeck Institutes of Social Research, Gender and Sexuality, and Humanities