keynote: Social Media & Social Order, December 2

On December 2nd, I will deliver the closing keynote of the international conference 'Social Media & Social Order', in Oslo. Title to be announced soon on this wires :-)
The conference is organized by Cultural Conflict 2.0, a collaborative research project made possible by the Research Council of Norway.

From the conference description: This international conference will investigate how social media re-inscribe social order—asserting established ways in which social groups are assigned their proper place in the city or the nation. Social media are frequently imagined as vectors of transformation and disruption, and as a result very little existing research considers the continuities and conservative schemas that are reproduced by these platforms. The conference will make up for this blind spot by placing the symbols, institutions, rituals, socially induced emotions and everyday social interactions mediated and produced by digital media at the center. When, how and why do social media serve to reproduce rather than to challenge the existing order? Under which conditions, and on what levels, can challenges to the social order occur? What difference does it make to regard social media not just as a conduit but also as a site of social order? See