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Stefania Milan presents book launch ‘Communities at Crossroads’ by Annalisa Pelizza

Monday 15 April 2019, 5-6,30 pm

Communities at Crossroads in Cyberculture

In cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures

How should we understand and discuss online culture and communities in the 21st century? To answer this question, Annalisa Pelizza looks back at the mid-2000s in her new book ‘Communities at Crossroads’. In this event Pelizza will discuss her findings together with Stefania Milan and the audience.

The mid-2000s were a turning point for digital communitarian cultures, with the burst of the creative-entrepreneur alliance, the territorialization of the internet and the commercialization of interpersonal ties. Up until then, ideas for online sociability had been underpinned by the utopian perspectives of a techno-libertarian culture. However, these ideas began to face systematic counter evidence in the mid-2000s, causing a change of paradigm that has consequences to this very day.

Annalisa Pelizza investigates the theories of actions supporting the techno-social digital assemblages that developed after the ‘golden age’ of online communities. In doing so, Pelizza avoids both empty invocations of community and swift conclusions of doom. Instead, Communities at Crossroads presents a multi-faceted picture of internet sociability between the two centuries. In her book, Pelizza draws upon the analysis of Ars Electronica’s Digital Communities archive, the largest of its kind worldwide.

About the speakers

Annalisa Pelizza is a writer, teacher and associate professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the University of Twente (NL). Her research unfolds at the intersection of technology studies, communication science and political theory. Before embracing an academic career, she was active in building digital communities, worked as a media art producer and developed large-scale IT infrastructures.

Stefania Milan is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Her research explores the interplay between digital technology and participation, and activism and social movements in particular, cyberspace governance, and data epistemologies. She is the Principal Investigator of DATACTIVE, a research project and a research collective exploring the politics of big data broadly defined.


Spui 25: Spui 25-27, 1012 WX Amsterdam

Monday 15 April 2019, 5-6,30 pm



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Source: Spui 25

3 April 2019, wendy