Transdisciplinary Research and Practice Online Conference ‘Connect-Universum-2016’

Permanent mobility and plugging into the Net are the main characteristics of digital nomads' identity, which help them to make their culture supermobile. As a result, we witness a revenge of nomadic lifestyle over the principle of territorial settled lifestyle (Bauman, 2000). However, being widely spread, this new socio-cultural practice rarely becomes an object of serious scientific research and discourse. One of the reasons – there is no proper meta-language to describe digital nomadism as a socio-cultural phenomenon and an object of transdisciplinary research. Meanwhile, digital nomadism is a factor of serious anthropological changes that effect social, material, and intellectual culture. It also helps to shape brand new types of communicative identity. Therefore, the main goal of Connect-Universum-2016 Conference is to discuss the essence of digital nomadism and a meta-language used to describe it, as well as its prospects and consequences for the humanity in general.

Besides the global aspect of the range of problems chosen for the discussion, there is one more, so called, regional aspect of it. Despite growing extensive use of the Internet and the satellite communications, Siberia is not on the list of favorite places digital nomads prefer to choose as places of their temporary residence. Being a unique socio-cultural areal and a place of the multi-aspect socio-cultural interaction, Siberia remains to be a black spot or a conglomerate of obsolete stereotypes for most people around the world. However, Siberia occupies a large part of the Euro-Asian continent. It has been a space for multi-cultural communications and various lifestyles, determined by a sedentary lifestyle, as well as by the processes of nomadism and migration.

We might presuppose, that the influence of different climatic, geopolitical, and socio-cultural factors (such as deglaciation of the Arctic, the risk of Islamic fundamentalism in the Central Asia, issues of employment for the people fled from some countries of Europe and the Eastern Asia, internationalization of higher education, etc. ) will lead to increasing the migration and nomadic flaw in Siberia, which, in its turns, will lead to making Siberia one of the global communication hubs. This requires new organization of Siberian cities as oases for digital nomads, regarding their directions of mobility, types of professional andor education activity, and their multi-cultural interaction via social network and other communication platforms. Siberia may and must become a territory attractive for city digital nomads, who move within one metropolis, as well as for global digital nomads, who explore new conservation areas on the global scale.

Both aspects of digital nomadism – global and local – disclose new horizons for fundamental and applied research of transdisciplinary and socio-cultural nature with possible application of the results in different spheres of socio-cultural practices (such as development of infrastructure for residents, professional activity, education, and leisure; manufacture of nomadic goods and technologies, etc.).

Organizers of the Conference invite to participate in a three-day discussion in the form of a webinar.

Preliminary consent of participation was given by the following key-speakers:

– Dr. John W. Moravec – faculty member in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and the Innovation Studies/Master of Liberal Studies graduate programs at the University of Minnesota; Founder and Principal Member at Education Futures, researcher, writer, and speaker. Author/Editor of Knowmad Society. Research and action scholarship agenda are focused on the convergence of globalization, knowledge society, and accelerating change in education; and building positive futures for «PreK-21» education.

– Dr. Lan-Phuong Phan – co-founder of Renaissance Urbain Consulting Agency (France), researcher, participated in multidisciplinary research network aimed at strengthening social cohesion in neighborhoods across Europe through integrated social strategies.

– Professor Roland Posner – Professor of the Department of Linguistics and Semiotics, Institute of Language and Communication, TUB, Director of the Center for Semiotics, member of the organizing committee of the World Congress of Semiotics, Editor in chief of the international scientific periodical ''Semiotics'' (''Zeitschrift für Semiotik'').

– Saskia Sassen – Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, Centennial Visiting Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. Known for studies of globalization, world cities, and international migration.

– Professor John Urri – Professor at Lancaster University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Founding Academician of the UK Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and a Visiting Professor at both Bristol and Roskilde Geography Departments, author of books on many aspects of modern society including the transition away from 'organized capitalism', the sociology of nature and environmentalism, and social theory in general, Editor in cheif of International Library of Sociology book series.

Working languages of the Conference – Russian and English

Exemplary issues to be discussed:

  • Ontology of the network information communication society, which predetermined the appearance of digital nomadism.
  • Technological factors, which led to appearance and spread of digital nomadism.
  • Netocracy (Bard and Zoderquist) and digital nomadism.
  • Typologization of digital nomadism
  • Anthropological issues of digital nomadism.
  • Semiotic approach to describing digital nomadism as a socio-cultural phenomenon.
  • Socio-psychological profiles of digital nomads.
  • Issues of designing city environment, city planning, and architecture, regarding development of digital nomadism.
  • Social and other types of risks, connected with digital nomadism.
  • Philosophy of the digital nomads' lifestyle: combination of hedonism and austerity.
  • Political, economic, and legal regulation of the digital nomads' lifestyle.
  • Professional activity of digital nomads.
  • Education environment for digital nomads.
  • Digital nomads as researchers: opportunities and study of previous experience.
  • Creative activity of digital nomads in the light of the modern art.
  • Digital nomads as a new target audience for marketing communication.
  • Prospects of development of digital nomadism as a global social phenomenon in the light of the regional aspect.
  • Designing «conservation areas» for digital nomads (development of infrastructure in Siberian region).

Other issues proposed by the participants are welcome.

There are three variants of participation:

1) key speaker (presentation of a report or a case-study at the plenary session live online with publication of the text of the presentation on the website of the Conference and free publication in the issue indexed in the Russian Science Citation Index).
2) speaker (all materials are posted on the website of the Conference and published in the issue if required).
3) disputant.

All key speakers and speakers will be provided with personal pages in two languages on the website of the Conference. The key speaker status is conferred by the International Council of Experts of the Conference in accordance with a level of their contribution (actuality, content, originality, creativity, etc.).

Conference application form should be sent to [email protected]

Registration will be announced one month prior to the Conference.

Participation in the Conference and publication on the website of the Conference are free of charge. Conditions of publication in the issue will be announced additionally.

The Organizing Committee assumes responsibilities of preliminary evaluation and consulting on preparing the papers of the participants for publication in the leading international journals from the Scopus and Web of Science citation bases. However, the final decision of publication will be made by the editorial boards of the journals.

NB: "AI & Society" journal (Springer) published 8 papers by the participants of the previous Conference (Connect-Universum-2014).


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