A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

The Eighteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society is brought together by a shared interest in the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Eighteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus: Trust, Surveillance, Democracy
  • Theme 1: Histories of Technology
  • Theme 2: Knowledge Makers
  • Theme 3: Social Realities

Research Network Chairs

Dr. Marcelo Careaga Butter

Dr. Marcelo Careaga Butter

Docente Universitario e Investigador, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile

(Spanish)

Dr. Laura Jiménez Pérez

Dr. Laura Jiménez Pérez

Docente Universitario e Investigador, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile

(Spanish)

Online Plenary Speakers

The Eighteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society will feature online only plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

​Jack Linchuan Qiu​

​Jack Linchuan Qiu​

Professor and Research Director, Department of Communications and New Media, the National University of Singapore, Singapore

Robin Mansell

Robin Mansell

Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, England

George Siemens

George Siemens

Professor, University of Texas, USA

Co-leader, Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), University of South Australia, Australia

Blended Plenary Speakers

The Eighteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society will feature blended plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

College of Education, University of Illinois, USA

Mary Kalantzis

Mary Kalantzis

College of Education, University of Illinois, USA

Chih-Cheng Lin

Chih-Cheng Lin

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Meei-Ling Liaw

Meei-Ling Liaw

National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan

Yeu-Ting Liu

Yeu-Ting Liu

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Chiou-lan Chern

Chiou-lan Chern

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Pedro Salcedo

Pedro Salcedo

Full Professor at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile

2022 Conference Partner

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