Graduate Workshop

20th NECS Graduate Workshop
Care Futures: Media, Technology, and (Re)imagining Care

University of Oslo
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2023

Conference date: June 14, 2023

The crisis of democracy, big data, and climate change present a host of unprecedented challenges and cultural transformations that influence both our understanding of and our ability to care for ourselves and others. Media informs us, connects us, and shapes how we care in the present and how we imagine care relations in the future. As globalization intensifies and new technologies emerge, the ways in which we relate and care for and with others also change. This invites a rethinking of care to include the more-than-human relations therein. Thus, we wish to explore how different media imaginaries, technologies, systems, and practices shape and reshape relations and conceptualizations of what care and caring can be. We also hope to explore the political and ethical nature of care relations. Eschewing binary understandings of autonomy and dependency, we are particularly interested in imaginaries that open out our understanding of care, who is cared for and by whom/what.

This graduate workshop invites forward thinking scholarship around the imaginaries of care in a techno-mediated society to expand and reconceptualize the way we understand care relations. This includes a wide range of media, technology and non-human forms of care, representations of care and what these can inspire.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following research fields/topics:


  • paper and/or presentation
  • digital interactive media
  • interactive documentaries


  • media archeology
  • Big Data & cultural analytics
  • forensic architecture
  • critical discourse analysis

    Case studies

  • user-generated content
  • ethics of mediated presence
  • tele-presence, videoconferencing and self-monitoring
  • co-creation
  • pluri-vocality & polyphony
  • vernacular media cultures
  • media ideology & prosumer capitalism
  • digital access and digital divide
  • citizen media
  • machine learning, machine vision and algorithmic culture
  • empathy machines
  • hybridization of private and public media spheres


Early-career researchers from cinema, visual and media studies are invited to submit proposals for contributions by XXX 2023 to The submission should include the name of the speaker, an email address, the title of the paper, an abstract (max. 200 words) and a short bio (max. 150 words).

Applicants are welcome to submit a proposal to the 2023 NECS Conference as well.

The University of Oslo will not provide funding: participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Workshop attendance is free, but valid NECS membership is required to participate.

Please address all inquiries to

20th Graduate Workshop organizers: Carrie Russpatrick and Sebastian Cole