Call for Submissions


DISCo is designed to be a stepping stone for DEN CDT students to be able to submit work to a supportive and bespoke conference that fits their research areas. We as DEN students recognise that it is sometimes difficult to find arenas to publish in when our research is so interdisciplinary, and a submission – particularly a first one – can be a very daunting prospect. This is why we have developed this conference as an opportunity for every DEN student to be able to contribute work (whether that’s in the form of a poster, short paper or long paper), give or experience a peer review, and present their work in a trusted environment. We strongly encourage all PhD students within the Digital Economy Network, and those who would like to connect with this network, to submit their work.

We are inviting contributions to the DISCo Conference.

The DISCo conference gives a platform to early career researchers to showcase interdisciplinary research pertaining to the digital. Interdisciplinary research takes a question common to two or more disciplines, and contributes to new insights which advance knowledge in the disciplines. DISCo focuses on the digital landscape of culture and society, how digital technologies and processes affect these areas,  and how technology is in turn shaped by cultures and societies.

DISCo gives early career researchers an opportunity to cultivate their research skills through a peer reviewed system of paper submissions and presentations, workshops, poster presentations, and a range of networking opportunities. Participants may choose the type of interdisciplinary research they would like to present at the conference, and whether to do this in the format of a poster, short or long presentation, thus offering a means of participation for those at any stage of their PhD.

The conference will take place in Nottingham, between 9th and 12th July 2019.


Digital Culture

Traditional media’s continuous analog streams have taken a digital turn and become electronic bits of pattern, noise, signals, feedback loops, networks, clusters, interactions, reactions, and predictions. The digital may therefore be seen as a complex supplement: as something that is additive to previous forms, yet also as something that replaces them. Similarly, this same ambiguity tangles together questions of digital culture’s connections and disconnections, both in the literal and the metaphoric sense. This invites discussions about how digital technologies have the potential to disrupt, augment, or even resurrect creative work and media. Because the digital permeates virtually all forms of communication and expression, it is thus crucial to theorize, critique, explore, or (re)imagine topics where the digital intersects creative practice and form. DISCo thus invites submissions which engage with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding digital culture through topics which include, but are not limited to: creative industry, new media, electronic and media art, music and sound, narrative and storytelling forms, game design, and computational creativity.

Digital Society

Societies around the globe are adopting more and more digital devices in all areas of their life. The types of devices, functions, and services which are adopted differ widely, not only between the global North and South, East and West, but also within any one society. This changes how societies work, communicate, and interact, amongst themselves, and across geographic, linguistic, and cultural borders. Thus, societies are shaped and reshaped through the use of technology.

The Digital Society track is interested in the ways in which digital technology and society interact. Broadly, but not exclusively, aligned with the social sciences, we want to explore, in the broadest possible sense, the different ways in which societies are shaped by digital technology.

Digital Futures

Technology is pervasive, data is ubiquitous, and questions are being raised as to how our modern world will be affected by technological forces such as big data, machine learning, and robotics in our near and far futures. Our current, increasingly digital society is seeing the emerging benefits of technology as it works to solve such global contemporary issues as aging populations and sustainability, whilst also reaping the economic benefits of increased productivity and business innovation. Our digital futures necessarily span multidisciplinary fields of research as we work to tackle the problems of the future.

The Digital Futures track encourages researchers to consider and address the problems and possibilities which our current digital society provokes for our futures, so as to cultivate a digital future with opportunity for all. This track invites broad but meaningful interdisciplinary submissions which address our digital futures with an aim to recognise the challenges that lie ahead, and to disseminate the possibilities available to us via technology.


We will accept four types of submissions:

You can make a suggestion as to which theme you think your submission fits into, but we may choose a different one. We may also suggest a different submission form.

All submissions should be made through EasyChair.

We encourage all attendees to bring a poster. No advance submission is required, though we will ask you to notify us when your book your attendance, so we can allocate the required space.

Important Dates

All deadlines are midnight AoE time on the date specified.

  • 29th April Abstracts submitted; 500 words max; These will be used to allocate submissions to tracks and reviewers.
  • 6th May Workshop proposals / papers submitted
    • EXTENDED DEADLINE: All submissions due by 20th May 2019
  • 10th June Notification to authors
  • 9th July Conference starts

Selection criteria

Submissions should:

  • Be written in English, well-structured and clear
  • Fit with the conference theme;
  • Be meaningfully interdisciplinary;
  • Have a clear motivation (why the problem is interesting theoretically and/or practically);
  • Be methodologically adequate (if relevant);
  • Have an adequate list of references to related work and grounding theories;
  • Maximum length of paper: 4000 words for full papers, 1000 words for short papers;
  • Come from early stage or early career researchers.

There is no mandatory template for submissions; the papers should be submitted in A4 with a minimum font size of 11.


For any queries about the submission process, please contact the conference organisers at