Digital Transactions in Asia symposium – 8-10th August 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A plenary lecture and two-day symposium co-hosted by the Digital Media Research Centre (QUT) and the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Queensland)

The Terrace Room, UQ St Lucia Campus, and Creative Industries Precinct, QUT, Brisbane

This event includes:

  • 8 August: Opening plenary, 6.00pm for 6.30 pm, The Terrace Room, top floor Sir Llew Edwards Building, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland (register here)
  • 9-10 August: Digital Transactions symposium, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT (register here)
  • 9 August: Evening Lecture, 5.30pm, Room 607, Z9 Block, Kelvin Grove, QUT (register here)

The reconfiguration of social, cultural, economic and political relationships in parallel with the pervasive application of digital technologies has been regarded as an epochal shift in the Western world. In contemporary Asia, the breathtaking rapidity and scale of digitisation provides us with an even greater remaking of human relationships. This is an era where rapid commodification across the region proceeds in tandem with the spread of digital media devices.

For ordinary people, social media platforms bring new economic opportunities along with the monetisation of the personal and the everyday. Asian state systems are having to contend with explosions of popular expression, public debate and political mobilisation. Asian markets are increasingly determined by flows of virtual capital, information commodities, consumers and labour. In this context, it is evident that the rise of a Digital Asia is accompanied by new aspirations and understandings of modernisation, participation and development.

This symposium event considers the instances and processes through which new sets of social, economic and political transactions are being established between citizens and states, markets and publics, cultures and commodities in a Digital Asia. The symposium is co-hosted by the Digital Media Research Centre (Queensland University of Technology) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Queensland).

The Key themes of the symposium are:

  • Populism and Public Speech
  • Currencies and Commodities
  • Development and Equalities
  • Intimacies and Moral Economies
  • Governance and Citizenship
  • Mobile and Informal Economies

Our invited speakers include:

  • Ravi Sundaram (Centre for Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)
  • Cheryll Soriano (De La Salle University, Manila)
  • Yu Hong (University of Southern California)
  • John Postill (RMIT, Melbourne)
  • Michael Keane (Curtin University)
  • Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney)
  • Vibodh Parthasarathi (Jamia Millia Islamia)
  • Sangeet Kumar (Denison University)

Our plenary speakers include:

  • Ravi Sundaram (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)
  • Yu Hong (University of Southern California)
  • John Postill (RMIT, Melbourne)
  • Adrian Athique (IASH, University of Queensland) - Plenary Convenor

Organising Committee:

  • Terry Flew (QUT)
  • Adrian Athique (UQ)
  • Emma Baulch (QUT)
  • Nina Li (UQ)

For any further questions, please contact Dr. Bonnie Rui Liu: