Northern Star Symposium 2022

Northern Star Symposium 2022

Too odd, too controversial or too difficult to research? The Journalism group at Nord University, Bodø, invites you to talk about it at the Northern Star symposium 2022.

Start date:

17 October 2022 00:00

End date:

19 October 2022 00:00

Location:

Nord University, Bodø

​​​​The Northern Star symposium is an annual meeting place for social media, play, games and communication scholars to exchange ideas and thoughts at a stage before they are to move on to publication. The goal is to have a meeting place for peers to discuss ideas while they are developing, to foster unexpected directions of study and research, and support budding ideas.

The topic for 2022 is Obscurity:

Something being obscure means it is moving in the dark; there are objects or meanings hidden and hard to grasp, and things we cannot trust or are hard to see.

We explore topics that are not popularly discussed, because they can be difficult to uncover, talk about or present. They are concerned with communication and engagement that is hard to reveal and study. We want to look at this ambiguous engagement across multiple platforms. Play often uses obscurity as a factor, but can also be obscure, from hide-and-seek in the dark, to online play with anonymity, hidden agendas and obscured identities.

Communicating online obscures the functions of technology for us. The different algorithms that control our interactions are hidden, obscuring affordances and structures. At the same time the technology lets us reveal what might otherwise be hidden.

We also invite obscure methodological approaches not commonly used in the humanities or social sciences, as well as other methods utilized for the study of obscured topics, ignored theories, ephemeral communication practices and unusual content.

​Please see the call for papers for more information. 


Start date:

17 October 2022 00:00

End date:

19 October 2022 00:00

Location:

Nord University, Bodø