The abandoned spaces of the internet
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018)
Session Organizer: Vincent Miller (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent) Sponsored by the Digital Geographies Study Group
In recent years, Geography has seen a rebirth of interest and appreciation of the abandoned, ruined and neglected spaces of modernity, particularly within the context of deindustrialisation. However, with a quarter of a century behind it, the 'post-industrial' space of the Web has itself already turned into a space of abandonment, ruin and blight. While much has been deleted over time (thus creating concerns over curation and archiving), many abandoned or neglected virtual spaces still remain, frozen in an eternal present. From the one billion inactive accounts on Twitter, to abandoned virtual worlds, games, blogs, social media and dating websites, spaces of abandonment and neglect are endemic to the internet and, unlike the industrial ruin, remain mostly hidden from view, although never far away.
In the spirit of urban exploration and 'ruin porn', this session is devoted to an examination and appreciation of a variety of abandoned digital spaces, and from a variety of perspectives including:
* Aesthetic experiences of design, ruin, decay, abandonment
* Philosophical issues around time, identity, ephemerality and narrative
* Affective experiences of nostalgia, memory, loss, embarrassment and the uncanny
* Political-economic issues around digital capitalism, creative destruction and digital abundance
Anyone interested in participating in the session should send an abstract conforming to the requirements of the AAG (see http://annualmeeting.aag.org/) by the extended deadline of November 5th, to Vince Miller ([log in to unmask]). Please note that the deadline for abstract submission and fee payment for this conference is November 5th, 2017.
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