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Annelise Riles: The Sociality of the Platform

Termin Montag, 3. Dezember 2018, 16.15 - 18.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsart Vorlesung/Vortrag
Einrichtung Philosophische Fakultät I
Veranstalter Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung und Seminar für Ethnologie der MLU
Veranstaltungsort Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Großer Seminarraum
Straße Advokatenweg 36
PLZ/Ort 06114 Halle (Saale)
Ansprechpartner Bettina Mann
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The emergence of digital political citizenship, once heralded as the engine of democratization, has paradoxically precipitated an inward-looking turn in human sociality. Rather than an escape from the Iron Cage, online communications between citizens and civic institutions mediated by new technologies often seem to become all the more dehumanized. How might we rethink the architecture and potentiality of the digital public sphere, beyond existing legal debates about the regulation of free speech? This paper describes one bureaucratic experiment, Meridian 180, "a multilingual platform for policy solutions" as an attempt to infuse an ethnographic sensibility into the character of virtual relationality. I argue for attention to the "platform" as an emerging genre of techno-sociality and consider its implications for legal theory. (Speaker's abstract)

Annelise Riles from Northwestern University, Evanston.



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