Network Politics: Objects, Subjects and New Political Affects

October 22-23, Ryerson University, Toronto
Rogers Communication Centre, Room 202

A Symposium co-sponsored by the AHRC funded “New Configurations of Network Politics” project at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK, and the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University.

In the network age, the question of political agency is becoming increasingly troublesome, with a pressing need to reflect upon how collective distributed networks as well as non-human actants re-define the field of the political.

This symposium will investigate what counts as a political object or subject
, and how such objects/subjects circulate and are controlled in the context of developing critical approaches to networked politics.

The symposium seeks to build upon object-oriented philosophy, which has shifted the language of coding and programming into the domain of ‘tool-being’. In so doing a correlate possibility of a ‘web’ of subject-oriented objects emerges, opened up by hyper-personalized web services and control techniques that shape and recombine pseudo-subjects from the bio-political detritus of data-mining software and algorithmic protocols. In the face of such new assemblages, what sites, actants, and tactics potentially reinvent new political affects?

The event takes place October 22 & 23, 2010 at Ryerson University, Toronto and is co-hosted by the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media and the AHRC funded project New Configurations of Network Politics at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK.