Can we draw a lesson from Melville’s novel “Bartleby” that applies to contemporary digital politics? Perhaps, if we explore non-participation as a form of mediated political action rather than as mere passivity. We generally conceive of participation in a positive sense, as a means for empowerment and a condition for democracy. However, digital participation is not the only way to achieve political goals, and practices aimed at abandoning or blocking participatory platforms can be seen as equally politically significant and relevant. In this workshop we will analyze how the technologies and practices that compose the digital sphere force us to reconsider the concept of political participation itself.
This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]