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Understanding Transition III - 2015

  






















     
  
       
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Trans-Mediterranean Network of Communication Research (RTRC) &
Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest (FJSC)

organize
the XVI Forum of the Network
and
the International Conference of the XXV year of FJSC
under the title


UNDERSTANDING TRANSITION III
Technique and technology in social and intercultural practices
Bucharest, 1-3 July 2015



„Communication, as seen by communication studies, is basically technical in the sense that it is an implementation of knowledge, of technical expertise, and of scientific knowledge used to produce objects”. (Jean Davallon)


The last fifty years have brought more technical innovations than the centenarian that preceded the Industrial Revolution. Since technological advances proposed by researchers such as A. Turing, V. Cerf, T. Bern-Lee, S. Brin and L. Page, socially transmitted individual or collective actions are part of a trend that seems perpetual. The differences in perception, generations hold, seem to be obvious, and this is true also for the mastery of technology. This phenomenon is accentuated and its existence was acknowledged with the "digital natives" and the gradual appearance of "the digital immigrants" (the label for all previous generations), as they were identified by Marc Prensky, which tends to point to the cultural and behavioral differences. The generational tales provide a look on new techniques, practices and needs that are emerging. IT companies identify new needs or develop applications to create new interests for different activities that make use of IT resources. Thus applications in the areas of health, safety, working collaborations and management are widely used. Creativity, imagination, research and innovation value these communication tools that sometimes shape the way individuals think and act, curious to discover and to overcome past constraints.

Sustained by these new elements, the information exchanges are no longer human-related only; they are also based on the skills acquire, this means developed, by new technologies. Smart objects and technologies are designed to facilitate communication and information transfer and are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, not only in professional circles but also in the social spaces. New requirements appear and old social practices sometimes give way to new forms of communication.

In 1964, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov was already imagining new eras, for the fun (and the greatest of fears) of his readers. Researchers now announce that new individuals, shaped by new technologies, will emerge - the "posthumans" (Sloterdijk, Bostrom). While some consider these new technology uses as devaluing current society and leading to a "post-culture" (Steiner), others consider that ethical thinking and human generosity will preserve a more reassuring environment. Science fiction becomes, for some people, the new reality (Besnier) when it does not exceed it. These "man-machine" interactions have, as results, new socio-cultural and intercultural practices. Researchers analyze, for several years now, the impact of socio-technical systems on new cultural practices and modes of sociability, and the nature of the social bonds that are created. They are also looking at economic, political, ethical and security dimensions (including in the Euro-Mediterranean area), where technique and technology are involved in social practices and in sociability, at large, and especially in intercultural exchanges - as it happens in any space united by one identity.


Dead-line for abstracts:
31 March 2015

Extended dead-line for abstracts: 15 April 2015

Dead-line for complete manuscripts: 30 May 2015

Abstract criteria: Researchers are invited to send their abstract proposals, following these criteria.
The abstracts, up to 200 words, and a short description of the author (university, academic position, contact data), alongside a propose title, should be to be sent by e-mail to:

French texts:
pelissier06@gmail.com, miralazar05@yahoo.com, angelica.marinescu@cerefrea.eu, CC: cornulucienne83@gmail.com, before 31 March 2015.

English texts: raluca.radu@fjsc.ro, before 31 March 2015.

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