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CDCS Digital Launch Symposium

April 3, 2020

This international symposium aims to foster conversations about new ways of thinking about digital technology and society. It features the high-impact research of distinguished scholars from multiple academic disciplines. Their work charts new research agendas and helps envision more socially just technological futures.

The symposium serves as the official launch of the new Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Founded in July 2019, the Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS) supports critical, interdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue on digital culture, technology, and society. CDCS aims to create collaborative spaces for discussion and debate among academics, citizens, and activists; develop critical approaches to the study of digital culture and technology; help train new generations of digital researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond; build global networks of researchers; advocate for socially just design, production, and use of digital technologies; and explore and foster new visions of digital futures through scholarship and public communication.

***Due to ongoing travel and health concerns related to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Center on Digital Culture and Society’s April 3 Launch Symposium will be an entirely digital event hosted as a Zoom Webinar. Please register for the event in order to access the digital symposium sessions. Once you register for the event, you will be able to access the symposium sessions on our Digital Links page. For more information on accessing Zoom Webinar sessions, visit Zoom’s support page. See below for more information and forward any questions or concerns to cdcs@asc.upenn.edu.***

Social Justice and the Remaking of Technological Cultures

Click here to view the original symposium program.

9:00 am – 9:15 am EDT

John L. Jackson, Jr.Dean, Annenberg School for Communication
Guobin Yang, Director, Center on Digital Culture and Society

9:15 am – 10:45 am EDT

Moderator: David Grazian, University of Pennsylvania
Meredith Clark, University of Virginia
Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen
Jen Schradie, Sciences Po

11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Moderator: Sarah J. Jackson, University of Pennsylvania
Moya Bailey, Northeastern University
Kishonna Gray, University of Illinois at Chicago
Carrie A. Rentschler, McGill University

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Moderator: Jessa Lingel, University of Pennsylvania
Angelé Christin, Stanford University
Exekiel Dixon-Román, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Moderator: Julia TiconaUniversity of Pennsylvania
Brooke Duffy, Cornell University
Ben Shestakofsky, University of Pennsylvania
Lin Zhang, University of New Hampshire

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University
Introduction by Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania

Accessing the Webinar Sessions

Each symposium panel will be hosted as a separate Zoom Webinar. The webinar panels will be scheduled to start according to the revised symposium schedule above. Once you register for the event, you can access all the panels via our “Digital Links” page here on Eventbrite. You must be logged into your Eventbrite account to access the page. You can also find a link to the page on your Eventbrite Tickets page. You do not need to download Zoom to participate and can instead use the browser-based application to access the webinar sessions. For more information about joining the webinar as an attendee, visit Zoom’s support page.

As a webinar attendee, you will not have your video turned on. While we won’t be meeting face-to-face, you’ll still be able to engage with our panelists through the webinar platform. The Zoom Webinar platform enables a Q&A session via both text-based chat and voice chat:

  • Attendees can type questions into a designated Q&A chat box. For more information, view this guide.
  • Attendees can click a “Raise Hand” button to signal that they would like to ask a question via voice chat. Anyone with a “host” or “panelist” role can unmute an attendee and allow them to ask their question. For more information, view this guide.

If you have any questions about accessing the digital launch symposium, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can forward questions or concerns to CDCS@asc.upenn.edu. We’re looking forward to connecting with you online!


April 3, 2020


Online Event


Center on Digital Culture and Society