Call for Papers
Digital Cameras as a Nexus in Everyday Life

Published: 2011-10-17

The Nordic Network for Digital Visuality (NNDV) is pleased to invite network members to a workshop on 28-30 March 2012 as part of the Helsinki Photomedia Conference at Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

“Digital Cameras as a Nexus in Everyday Life” is the second workshop in a series of activities planned for the network.

The aim of this meeting is to provide a platform to present papers at an international conference. Workshop papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed proceedings of Helsinki Photomedia. Network members are encouraged to present work focusing on digital cameras as a nexus in everyday life. Distinguished scholars will be invited to comment and discuss the papers.

Deadline for abstract submission: 27 November 2011
Deadline for paper submission: 1 March 2012

Conference fee supported by NNDV
Travel and accommodation supported by NNDV

Workshop Theme

The digitalization of cameras, as well as the increasing visualization of digitized information have an effect on our embodied sense of vision, as well as on our social relations. Seeing oneself and other people with the help of visual devices has an impact on the ways in which we know ourselves and other people. The digitalization of visual devices changes some of these implications, but often only to a degree. It matters if we confront one or hundreds of cameras or screens during a ‘normal’ day, just as it matters if we confront one or hundreds of people during that same day.

This workshop explores ways in which digital photography, especially cameras in their various forms, ‘act’ as a nexus in everyday life, permitting for example parents to work longer because of seeing their children via webcams at kindergarten, or spectators to take part in mass events because having access to screens ‘sharing’ these events across time and space.

Of special interest are:

  • Digital photography as it intersect with everyday life:
    contemporary social practices in which digital photography is integrated; social contexts framing digitally mediated visual expression.
  • Digital cameras as part of everyday visual regimes:
    the organization of everyday life with the help of digital cameras, be it using cameras in order to create pictures intended to transform people’s behavior, or using digital cameras for surveilling one’s home, children, pets, nannies et cetera.
  • Digital diversity: comparative studies of digital camera use in different social and cultural contexts; global distribution and stratification of digital camera use; social, cultural and political aspects of digital visual divides between and within societies.

You are invited to submit a 500 word abstract accompanied by your contact information by 15 November 2011. The full paper to be presented should be sent by 1 March 2012. We will provide commentators for each paper to be presented. Submit your paper to asko.lehmuskallio [ at ]

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 15 December 2011.

The prelimiary program is now complete for the upcoming workshop at Helsinki PhotoMedia, 28-30 Mar 2012. Download in PDF format below:

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