New Network Theory:
Shirley Niemans, conference producer
Institute of Network Cultures
HvA Interactive Media
Weesperzijde 190
1097 DZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 5951866
Fax: +31 20 5951840
Mail: shirley (at)

Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis:
Dr. Eloe Kingma, managing director
Oude Turfmarkt 147
1012 GC Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 5253874
Mail: asca-fgw (at)

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June 28-30:
Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam
Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam
Phone Mediastudies: +31 (0)20 5252980
Phone ASCA: +31 (0)20 525 3874
Directions: click here.

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Amsterdam Travel Guide:
Internet Guide to Amsterdam by Steven Pemberton

The Bridge Hotel
Amstel 107-111, 1018 EM Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 623 7068

Hotel de Filosoof
Anna van den Vondelstraat 6, 1054 GZ Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 683 3013

Hotel Museumzicht
Jan Luykenstraat 22-2, 1017 CN Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 6712954

NH De Doelen
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 24, 1012 CP Amsterdam
Phone +31 (0)20 5540600

Apple Inn Hotel
Koninginneweg 93, 1075 CJ Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 6627894

Hotel Asterisk
Den Texstraat 14-16, 1017 ZA Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 638 2790

Hotel Zandbergen
Willemsparkweg 205, 1071 HB Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 676 9321

Hotel Die Port van Cleve
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176-180, 1012 SJ Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 7189013

Hotel Arena
‘s-Gravezandestraat 51, 1092 AA Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 8502400

Lloyd Hotel
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 561 3636

Hotel directory with map:

Bed & Breakfasts:
Cake under my pillow, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 66, 1072 BH Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 7510936

Bed & breakfast directory:

NJHC City Hostel Vondelpark, Zandpad 5, 1054 GA Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 5898993

NJHC Stadsdoelen, Klovenierswal 97, 1011 KB Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 624 6832

More hostels can be found on the following website:

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Conference organizers:
Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures/University of Amsterdam)
Sabine Niederer (Institute of Network Cultures)
Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam,
Jan Simons (University of Amsterdam)

In collaboration with:
Eloe Kingma (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis)

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New Network Theory

New Network Theory has been blogged by the UvA Masters of Media at

See the conference photography by Anne Helmond and other contributors at the New Network Theory Flickr group

Video documentation of the plenary sessions is available here.

Introduction : Rethinking Network Theory

The object of study has shifted from the virtual community and the space of flows to the smart mob. When the object of study changes, so may the distinctions that dominate, particularly the schism between place-based space and place-less space, both organised and given life by networks. We would like to exploit the potential of writing contemporary network theory that suits and reflects the changes to the objects of study that come to define our understandings of network culture – a post-Castellsian network theory, if you will, that takes technical media seriously.
It is time to look for elements that can make up a network theory outside of post-modern cultural studies (which marvelled at the place-less place) and ethnographic social sciences (which reminded us of the ground). What network culture studies needs is a ‘language of new media,’ perhaps even signage, to speak in terms of Lev Manovich; what it currently has is a science-centered ‘unified network theory,’ to paraphrase the language of Albert-László Barabási.

Whilst it may come as no surprise to critical Internet scholars, the notion that networks are not random but have underlying structures remains the key insight for network scientists. Instead of posing new questions, the work that follows from that insight often seeks to confirm that structure and its accompanying patterns, across more and more network-like objects. The question remains which specific contribution critical Internet scholars and practitioners can make to opening up network thought. Such is the purpose of the network theory conference. How must we rethink network culture with a renewed emphasis on technical media and social software?

Click here to read the New Network Theory program.

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