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International Workshop

15 November 2013

CAS Sofia will host an international workshop on the topic "Digital Creativity in Times of Crisis: Bulgarian Networked Culture in Global Contexts". The event is to be held at the CAS Conference Hall on 15 November 2013.

"Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media" /http://www.digitalicons.org/forthcoming/

Programme:

09:30 - 09:40
Diana Mishkova
Welcome Words

09:40 - 10:00
Vlad Strukov
Opening Words
De-Orientalizing New Media studies

Part One

Moderator
Henrike Schmidt

10:00 - 10:15
Ivaylo Ditchev
Photo Irritations

10:15 - 10:30
Dessislava Lilova
The Birth of the New Bulgarian Republic: the Subcultural World of LARP.bg

10:30 - 10:45
Nikoleta Daskalova
Political Images Online: the Subversive Practices of Bulgarian Users

10:45 - 11:00
Orlin Spassov
Early Virtual Communities on the Bulgarian Web: Democracy Before Politics

11:00 - 12:00
Discussion

12:00 - 13:15
Lunch

Part Two

Moderator
Vlad Strukov

13:15 - 13:30
Henrike Schmidt
Seen from Above. Visual Technology and the Aesthetics of Protest

13:30 - 13:45
Mariya Ivancheva
Discontent 1.0 and/or 2.0: Notes on the Bulgarian Protests 2012-2013

13:45 - 14:00
Ruzha Smilova
Digital Strategies for Solving Collective Action Problems

14:00 - 14:15
Valentina Gueorguieva
The Role of Social Networking Sites in Counter-democracy: Bulgaria's Reactive Mobilizations during 2012-2013

14:15 - 14:30
Velislava Petrova
The New Cultural Practices: Urban Space and Virtual Space

14:30 - 15:30
Discussion

15:30 - 15:45
Coffee Break

Part Three

Digital Artists' Presentations

Moderators
Henrike Schmidt and Vlad Strukov

15:45 - 16:15
Krassimir Terziev
Intimate Distance

16:15 - 16:45
Luchezar Boyadjiev
Native Resolution: Questions of Time and Truth in Digital Photography

16:45 - 17:45
Discussion

17:45 - 18:00
Diana Mishkova, Vlad Strukov, Henrike Schmidt, Orlin Spassov
Closing Remarks

Digital and networked communication technologies have evolved into a mass phenomenon everywhere in the world in the past two decades. The so called ‘new media' continue to be ‘new' thanks to the rapid changes in usage patterns and social functions, for example, in terms of political mobilization. At the same time, distinct historical narratives of digital culture and its dynamics have emerged.

From the outset the development of digital and networked communication technologies has been related to two factors: crisis and creativity. For example, the early development of CMC and ICT in the United States is linked to the politics of the Cold War, on the one hand, and to American alternative culture with its playfulness and inventiveness, on the other. In Central and Eastern Europe the proliferation of CMC and ICT has coincided with a period of radical political transformations.

This special issue aims to investigate the significance of digital creativity at times of crisis, both in the historical and contemporary contexts, and considers Bulgaria as its main case study.

The special issue of Digital Icons aims to explore the following questions:

• What are the characteristics of the early infrastructural, economic and cultural development of the internet in Southeast Europe and in Bulgaria?
• What kind of historical narratives of digital culture in Bulgaria and the region have emerged?
• To what extent are the specific dynamics of digital communication and ICT development in Bulgaria and in the region informed or shaped by real or imagined political, economical or cultural crises?
• In what ways do digital technologies and creative industries embody reactions to and escape from economic and political crises?
• Are creative communication techniques used for social mobilization a reaction to political crises?
• How do digital artistic projects react to the phenomenon of political, economic and cultural crises?

Dr. Henrike Schmidt
Peter-Szondi-Institut für Allgemeine und
Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft /
Osteuropa-Institut
Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
D-14195 Berlin
Tel.: 0049 / 30 / 838-57022
E-mail: schmidth@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Dr. Orlin Spassov
Assoc. Prof. in Media and Communication Studies
Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication
Sofia University
Executive Director of Media Democracy Foundation (www.fmd.bg)
1504 Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo Str. 10 B
Bulgaria
Tel. 00359 2 846 62 40
E-mails: orlin.spassov@fmd.bg, orlinspassov@yahoo.com

Dr. Vlad Strukov
Editor, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media,
Assoc. Prof. in Russian Cultural Studies and World Cinemas
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
The United Kingdom
Tel: +44-113-3433294
Fax: +44-113-3433477
Emails: v.strukov@leeds.ac.uk; editor@digitalicons.org

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