How are new media reshaping the whole aspects of life of contemporary societies?

Today we are in the middle of a new media revolution. We are at least witnessing, if not directly experiencing, the shift of all culture to computer-mediated forms of production, distribution and communication. According to Lev Manovich, the author of The Language of New Media (2002), compared to the previous revolutions, this new one is more profound. The introduction of the printing press in the fifteenth century and photography in the nineteenth century indeed brought revolutionary impacts on the development of modern society and culture. However, these previous revolutions affected only one stage of cultural communication. While the impact of the introduction of the printing press only dealt with the distribution of media, the impact of the introduction of photography dealt with still images only. In contrast, the computer media revolution affects all stages of communication, including acquisition, manipulation, storage, and distribution. It also affects all types of media, i.e. texts, still images, moving images, sound, and spatial constructions (Manovich, 2002). In short, the presence of new media is reshaping our social landscape.

According to Sonia Livingstone, the author of Handbook of New Media (2002), media are always embedded in a social landscape, which precedes, shapes, contextualizes and continues after any specific technological innovation. Therefore it is imperative to put new media into context, to locate them within the social landscape, and to map the changing media environment in relation to the human activities which, in turn, structure that environment. It is such a dialectical framework of looking glass that enable us not to be trapped into any deterministic perspectives in discussing the relationship between technology and human beings.

Departing from such an understanding of new media and how it is reshaping our contemporary world, and how our way of living is, to some extent, prompting the technological innovation, this Conference is inviting any scholars and graduate students who have a concern on this issue to take a part in it. This Conference is a forum in which scholars and graduate students from all corners of the world can share their ideas and research findings dealing with this very contemporary and global issue. This big topic can be formulated in the question as follows: How are new media reshaping the whole aspects of life of contemporary societies? What is meant by whole aspects of life may include arts, sports, politics, economy, scientific activities and inquiries, religion, communication, language, culture, etc. Participants may choose any of the aspects in line with his/her research interests.


Dr. Kuskridho Ambardi
(Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
Dr. Susan Leong
(Monash University, Malaysia)
Dr. Thor Kerr
(Curtin University, Australia)
Associate Professor Daphane-Tatiana T.C
(University of the Philippines)

Advisory board

  1. Prof. Ir. Siti Malkhamah, M.Sc., Ph.D
  2. Dr. Hilda Ismail, Apt., M.Si
  3. Khabib Mustofa, S.Si., M.Kom


Chairman: Dr. Budiawan

Co-Chairman: Dr. Dewi Haryani Susilastuti

Secretary: Paryana, SE, MPA

Technical Program Committee

  1.  Scientific Editors

    • Professor Ariel Heryanto (Monash University)
    • Associate Professor Goh Beng Lan (Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore)
    • Wening Udasmoro (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
    • Zainal Abidin Bagir (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
  2.  Reviewer

    • Ratna Noviani, Universitas Gadjah mada
    • Samsul Maarif, Universitas Gadjah mada
    • M. Iqbal Ahnaf, Universitas Gadjah mada
    • Dicky Sofjan, Universitas Gadjah mada
    • Siti Syamsiatun, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga
    • Jeanny Dhewayani, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
    • Elis Zuliati Anis, M.A, University of Western Australia
    • Gregory Vanderbilt, Eastern Menonite University
    • Kelly Swazey, Hawaii University
  3. Organizing Committee

    • Pudji Widodo, M.Kom
    • Ana Anggraini, M.Sc.
    • Latif Nuriawan, Amd.
    • Fitria Nur Rohmah, S.Si
    • Pradiastuti P, S.S
    • Puji Rahayu, S.Tp
    • Nurvita Trias, S.P
    • Ifan Deffinika, M.Sc