Today, the radical difference between the past and the future has become more pronounced than ever before. Since many structures have changed in relatively short time intervals and still continue to change, it has become quite obvious that whatever it is that awaits us tomorrow, it will substantially differ from what constitutes our present today.
This development goes hand in hand with the changing concept of future itself. If the present was previously viewed as an accumulation of past events and thus a stable entity, today the present is designed as a laboratory for future events. The future is ‘open’– it is no longer just unknown but somehow fatefully decided in advance. Fate rests in our hands and minds. It is precisely for this reason that the present has become a problem; a challenge to be taken up – in contrast to all older societies, which had found their safety exactly in that present.
There is very little dispute among scientists that most of the changes we are currently experiencing are driven by digital technology.The advent of the computer has brought about drastic, dramatic consequences, comparable only to the revolutions caused by the advent of language, of writing, and of the printing press. Digital media are transforming all domains of ‘life’ on a global scale. We are in the midst of massive change, in a phase of transition – on the doorstep, so to speak. Whether or not it is going to be a brave new world we do not know. All we know is that it will differ in central aspects from the old analog world we are about to leave behind.
Transitional states stand to tell us much, not only about the course of media theory and history, but also about the broad conditions by which media have been shaping us and are shaping us now. But just as no one can remain in the present forever, no one can go into the future ahead of time. Whatever is presented as the future can only been seen from the horizons of the present – as a present future.
The conference Futures of Media addresses these horizons of the present, also known as the future, with regard to media and digital technology – a platform bringing together international scholars, researchers, artists, and practitioners to engage in in-depth debates on how various media shape the future of our society and vice versa.
Conference Co – Chairs & Keynote Speakers
Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder
Communication Studies and Design
Dr. Holger Briel
Communication & Media Studies
Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University
All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book with ISBN. All full papers will be accepted through a double blind reviewed process and will be published electronically with ISSN in proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).
We will submit the proceedings to be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS, Mendeley, Google Scholar and CiteULike for possible Indexing.
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(Oral, Poster & Virtual Presentation)
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