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2018 - 89th Annual SPSA Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
1. Edwards, David. "New Technologies, New Social Movements, and New Challenges to Political Representation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 89th Annual SPSA Conference, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA, Jan 04, 2018 Online <PDF>. 2018-09-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The concept of political representation, long a central feature of democratic theory and practice, is currently being challenged by new technologies and new social movements (NSMs), and it may be that political representation is becoming infeasible—and perhaps even undesirable—as a result.
The new electronic technologies that constitute NSMs challenge political representation by circumventing conventional political organizing and communication. They (the Occupy Movements, the “Arab Spring” movements and their aftermaths, the European anti-austerity movements, the Black Lives Matter movement, and emerging nationalist campaigns) challenge representation by transcending and even ignoring conventional political practices.
Among criticisms of these new technologies and NSMs are fostering corrupt messaging and narrowed exposure to information sources, failing to present an agenda from the outset, and failing to offer concessions that would satisfy the establishment.
These criticisms all suffer from inadequate recognition of the implications of new technologies and from a serious misunderstanding of the complex and evolving nature of representation.
Both theorists and practitioners have thought NSMs should spring into existence with policy platforms already formed, and the political system should then respond to—or refuse to respond to—these proposals. In fact, the groups generally emerge out of current concerns and the interplay of activists and dominant powers, with dominant powers often helping to create the groups and their desires by their actions, often unwittingly. Thus the political process is much more interactive and evolutionary, and these characteristics have been intensified by the availability of new technologies and their adoption and exploitation by these movements.
These new technologies continue to evolve, and politics and the policy process continue to undergo longterm changes that will pose greater challenges to the established order, especially if the movements become increasingly transnational.
These developments clearly raise important questions about the very nature of political representation and how it could be reconceived in ways that would open the political systems so that they better reflect these currently unrepresented interests in this era of transformative new technologies.

2015 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 114 words || 
2. Casalini, Cristiano. "New Spaces, a New History: José de Acosta and His Conception of the New World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, <Not Available>. 2018-09-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: As missionary in South America in the 1670s and 1680s, José de Acosta had the opportunity to make thorough observations of space, nature, and culture in the New World. His works, particularly his Historia natural y moral (1590), portray a deep transformation in the way of conceiving and describing time and space compelled by these discoveries. This began a new way of writing histor by making nature and culture, not great events and heroes, the backbone of historiographical design. Acosta’s attempt crossed the Jesuit interest in natural sciences and Galenic medicine to promote a set of knowledge-making tools useful for understanding not only other civilizations, but also European culture, its development, and challenges.

2017 - 4S Annual Meeting Words: 245 words || 
3. Pearsall, Hamil., Wiig, Alan. and Masucci, Michele. "Programming in the Margins: New Actors, New Systems, and New Ways of Knowing Urban Environments in a Populist Era" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston MA, Aug 30, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-09-21 <>
Publication Type: Paper Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Given the growing skepticism and public leadership that counters the known scientific image in the US, there is a need to ask what is data and what is knowledge in this (increasingly) populist era, and how might alternate modes of data collection counteract the governance shifts disrupting conventional modes of data collection. Applying alternative ’smart city’ technologies, citizen sensing has become a crucial mechanism through which activists, citizens, and researchers monitor and understand environmental conditions. Citizen sensing can do more than carry on a legacy of data collection from authoritative sources, it can precipitate change in the way environmental problems are identified, framed, and characterized. No longer the exclusive purview of highly-trained professionals, the opportunity to program environmental sensors - to produce the data collection system - is increasingly accessible to a broader spectrum of actors, including people who have historically been excluded from mainstream environmental policymaking because of their lack of academic training or political connections. Although a setback for established environmental research, this political era may open up spaces for marginalized actors to take the lead in creating new ways of knowing urban environments typically dismissed as places of poverty, crime, and unemployment. This paper synthesizes literature on smart cities, environmental justice, and critical data studies for a case study of a youth-led citizen sensing effort in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, demonstrating the potential of this alternate approach to refashion the power dynamics associated with entrenched processes of environmental governance in the United States.

2017 - ICA's 67th Annual Conference Words: 84 words || 
4. Vega Montiel, Medley Aimee. "The Gender Dimension on New Media, New Territories, and New Discourses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 67th Annual Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, USA, <Not Available>. 2018-09-21 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: Societies all over the world are being challenged by dramatic cultural and political changes. New media and new forms of communication are being created, together with a new geopolitical organization and new notions of territory. It is true this is an opportunity for new movements and social dynamics to emerge, but at the same time, for social inequalities to be exacerbated. In line with the 2017 IAMCR Conference theme, the goal of this presentation is to analyze the gender dimension of these new dynamics.

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