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Intimacy and Cosmopolitanism: Space, Difference and Media

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DATE: June 18

TIME: 9am—5pm

LOCATION: Conference Room 1. Monash Conference Centre. Level 7, 30 Collins St Melbourne.

This symposium aims to explore contemporary social dynamics through two central concepts: intimacy and cosmopolitanism. The age of globalisation, migration and online social networking would seem to offer new cosmopolitan formations. However, it is increasingly apparent that many people prefer to strengthen their intimate connections rather than deeply engage with socio-cultural difference. Moreover, media systems such as filter bubble algorithms often enclose people within intimate groups while foreclosing meaningful encounters with difference. Difference is often proximate but uncommunicative.

This symposium explores these issues through a variety of speakers from different disciplinary perspectives, including media studies, philosophy, gender studies, post-colonial critique, and the creative industries.

Invited speakers include:

Prof. Seb Olma – Art and Design, Avans University

Pete Barden – Philosophy, Independent Researcher

Prof. Scott McQuire – Communication and Media Studies, University of Melbourne

Prof. Mark Andrejevic – Communication and Media Studies, Monash

Dr. Christiaan de Beukelaer – Culture and Communication, Melbourne University

Dr. Daniella Trimboli – Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University

Dr. Alexia Maddox –Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

Prof. Justin O’Connor – Communication and Media Studies, Monash

Dr. Akane Kanai – Communication and Media Studies, Monash

Dr. Misha Myers – Performance Studies, Monash

Dr. Alex Lambert – Communication and Media Studies, Monash

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