Book now for Debates conference on social media and information literacy

The first Debates (Digital dE-BiAsing Techniques for an Engaged Society) conference, sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and InformALL, will take place on 18th May, 2016, at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. The conference costs £50 for CILIP IL Group members, and £80 for other delegates.

Northumbria University. By Peter McDermott, CC BY-SA 2.0,

The overall topic of the one-day conference is the issue of negative behaviours in online social media, and how these can be analysed and addressed by the research community. The negative behaviours under discussion will include cyberbullying, extremism, discrimination, radicalisation, digilantism, revenge porn and hate crime.

The event will be of interest to academics, experts, policy makers, information professionals, practitioners and emerging early career researchers in the fields of information science, psychology, social computing, HCI & CSCW, education, media and communication studies, social policy and the creative arts.

The confirmed international keynote speakers include:

Professor Annemaree Lloyd – Professor Swedish School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Boras, Sweden

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky – Chair in Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol

Professor Heidi Julien – Professor of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo, USA

Carl Miller – Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos

Other confirmed invited speakers include Prof Shaun Lawson (Northumbria University) and Dr Graham Walton (Loughborough University).

New Vic Borderlines, the award-winning initiative using theatre in social context, will be performing their new play ‘Love Hurts?’ at the conference. This new project sensitively and appropriately explores the nature of teenage relationships, the power dynamics which exist in all relationships, and challenges a culture where ‘love’ may be expressed through manipulation, exploitation and abuse, both physical and online.

The conference is organised by Northumbria University’s Faculty of Engineering and Environment, in partnership with the iSchool, the Digital Living multidisciplinary research theme and Digital Business. It is sponsored by the CILIP IL Group and InformALL.

For further information, please contact Geoff Walton:

Find out how to apply for CILIP IL Group sponsorship of your information literacy event (.doc)


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