Media@McGill’s International Colloquium on The Participatory Condition


Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Salle Beverley Webster Rolph, CA, 185, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, CA
Free and open to the public

Media@McGill’s International Colloquium on The Participatory Condition scrutinizes the very idea of participation in the digital age, from our face-to-face encounters with beings and technologies, to the experiences we share as users, publics and producers, in the flesh and online. Drawing from research in the fields of media studies, art and art history, social science, law, ethnography, philosophy, education, game studies, cognitive sciences, literature, design and curatorship, The Participatory Condition critically probes the inherent participatory nature attributed to media, and unearths other forms of participation that might be obscured by excessive promises of digital utopia. Regrouping key contributors of interdisciplinary scholarship on participation and new media, the colloquium seeks to assess the role of new media in the development of a principle — participation — whose expansion has become so large as to represent the very condition of our contemporaneity.


Speakers: Bart Cammaerts, Nico Carpentier, Julie Cohen, Mia Consalvo, Kate Crawford, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Rudolf Frieling, N. Katherine Hayles, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jason E. Lewis and Skawennati, Geert Lovink, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Graham Pullin, Trebor Scholz, Christopher Soghoian, Bernard Stiegler, T.L. Taylor, Jillian York

Pre-registration for The Participatory Condition is now full. Walk-in registration will be available as of 8:30 a.m. on November 15 and 16.

Complete program and livestream:

To complement colloquium activities, Media@McGill is hosting a free, non-credited Participatory Open Online Course (POOC) from October 15 to December 6, 2013: