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Apologies for cross-posting. The *Call for Abstracts*
< > for the *Workshop
“The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the *
< >*Information
Age Trilogy”*
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organised by the IN3 – Internet Interdisciplinary Institute
< > as a central part of the
IN3’s 20th anniversary, will be* open until 23 June 2019*.

*Workshop: Barcelona, 10-11 June 2020*

*Important dates:*

·         *23/06/2019* →Abstract submission. 500 words + up to 5 keywords.
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·         *23/07/2019* →Communication of abstract acceptance

·         *20/3/2020* →Full paper submission: 5.000 – 8.000 words
(mandatory). Papers will be the basis for the comments and discussion
during the workshop. They will be submitted to a special issue / edited book

*Confirmed keynote speakers:*

·         Prof. Manuel Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,
University of Southern California)

·         Prof. Fernando Calderón (FLACSO, Facultad Latinoamericana de
Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Nacional San Martín Argentina)

·         Prof. Ida Susser (The City University of New York)

·         Prof. John Thompson (University of Cambridge)

The workshop is free of charge. Food will be provided at the conference for
presenters. Accommodation and transportation are not included.

The workshop presentations should be the basis for a special issue in an
international peer-review journal by 2021 to discuss the work of Manuel
Castells in the 25th anniversary of the launch of the first volume.

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*Call for abstracts*

*The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy*

Manuel Castells The Information Age
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Trilogy has been
one of the most influential works to understand the societal change in the
awake of the digital revolution of the last decades.  It is, as Frank
Webster (2002: 97) points out, one of “the most illuminating, imaginative
and intellectually rigorous account of the major features and dynamics of
the world today”. The theory of the network society developed in these
books “open[ed] up new perspectives on a word reconstituting itself around
a series of networks strung around the globe on the basis of advanced
communication technologies” (Stalder, 2006: 1). Indeed, the work of Manuel
Castells has influenced a generation of scholars, shaped a research agenda
and has got important repercussions beyond academia (Bell, 2007).

Yet, more than two decades after the launch of his theory, the network society
and the information age have been developing at a faster pace that anyone
suspected in terms of: socio-technological and economic transformation
(e.g. platform capitalism, sharing economy, robotization, algorithmic
driven society, artificial intelligence and IoT, etc.), power geometries,
new identities and socio-political contestation (e.g. populism,
* indignados* , *gilet jaunes* , alt-right, technopolitics , * buen vivir* ,
#meetoo, LGBTIQ, black-lives-matters, youth for climate change, etc.) and
new geopolitics and geographies of inequality and power (the rise of China
as global power, multipolarity, the emergence of the Global South, the
uneven impact of environmental crises, etc.).

At the same time, during the last decades a number of theoretical and
epistemological trends have developed or consolidated in the social
sciences that can be read as either influenced by or challenging the
Trilogy position. Among others, the rise of network theories, mobilities
paradigm, communication and power theory, technopolitics , post-colonialism
or the relation between digital societies and nature.

In this regard, as 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the publication
of the first volume of Manuel Castells’, it is time to revisit the trilogy
and explore the relevance of Castells’ pioneering work in the light of the
current state of the network society and of the ways to research about it.
Thus, our aim is to gather together scholars from a wide range of
disciplines – Including Castells himself – to engage with the Trilogy and
debate on its contributions, legacies but as well shortcomings and new
developments not envisioned at the time of its launch to try to develop a
critical perspective on future trajectories of the network society and the
information age.

We welcome contributions that sympathetically and/or critically engage with
the Trilogy in any theoretical, methodological or empirical topic around
the contemporary developments of the network society. Examples of areas and
themes that we would like to discuss (but are not limited to) are:

   - Information, data, datafication and the (new) sources of economic value
   - Networks, space-times, economy and society
   - Contesting the network society power configurations: politics, social
   movements and new identities.
   - The network society in the world: uneven geographies and geopolitics
   of the information age.
   - The Trilogy of the Network Society in front of the new turns in social
   - The influence on the epistemic communities either geographically (e.g.
   Latin America, Europe, Asia…) or disciplinary (Sociology, media, geography,

Ramon Ribera-Fumaz
IN3 - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute
*Director of the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA)*
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