Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute
Department of Contemporary Lithuanian Culture
December 6th, 2019
National Art Gallery (Konstitucijos Ave. 22, Vilnius, Lithuania)

International conference

The conference is devoted to discussing the changes in contemporary culture and current identity developments; the present and future challenges of "new media" as the Internet, social networks, and artificial intelligence.

“New media” such as social networks, websites, blogs, academic electronic publishing and all digital production are explored through qualitative change in a content, identity transformations and communication dominance, "noise" and disorientation as an endless state of disruption that transforms our daily routines of continuous flow of information, invasion, real and "fake" news. Types of "new media" that have taken over the world include new content-driven media, such as blogs, vlogs, or podcasts, which allow media recipients to participate in new media; interactive media tools that create specific human-computer interactions, for instance, participating in computer games or using virtual assistants, or artificial intelligence applications on mobile phones; and so-called social media tools for which personalities are not important in the formation of various activities.

Relevant research on culture, identity and media is gaining more and more attention in Lithuania. During the period of two decades new media have transformed the communication space, communication traditions, ethical attitudes, cultural priorities, encouraged identity transformations, and raised the need for critical thinking as an essential part of the "participatory" virtual world. The power of the imagination has become a meaningful attitude opposed to the mechanical expression of virtuality, to multiplication, and to the metamorphoses of creativity. The art of narration as storytelling has transcended traditional boundaries, supplemented the status of communication, and it creates new media content in a virtual space and social networks. Media and information literacy issues, addressed as a global educational need, shape communication, education and cultural politics.

Planned sections:

The conference invites scholars to explore media literacy perspectives, new technologies and communications, artificial intelligence issues in law and innovation culture, and the use of artificial intelligence in art and creativity.

LCRI organizing committee:
Assoc. Prof. Dr Naglis Kardelis, Assoc. Prof. Dr Rita Repšienė, Dr Aida Savicka, Dr Skaidra Trilupaitytė

Please submit topics and abstracts (up to 300 words) by November 20th.