How do we define participation during a pandemic? Are we in an era that requires reinventing our physical space and our modes of participation to build a new society? The novel coronavirus has deconstructed social space as we know it, and significantly disrupted our participation in its spheres. Today we are witnessing new forms of space, in the light of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on our participation, physical space and digital culture. This article demonstrates changes that occur in the physical and connected spaces that form our “new virtual urbanism” (Doueihi, 2011). It describes participation practices in natural parks in Geneva-Switzerland and Pays de Gex-France, distinguishing three types of spaces: the pre-pandemic space, the confinement space and the deconfinement space. It shows how socio-cultural practices changed in relation to the configuration of the space and the use of digital technology. Will we need to reinvent our space to encourage participation? The answer lies perhaps in considering the development of our digital traces and harvesting them in organized projects with rules, purpose, administration, management and governance. In this sense, digital participation becomes full and efficient when it relies on the process of building a memory and includes those who find themselves excluded from this new world.
Road to International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communication (ICCOMAC)
Dr. Saba Ayon:
Selamat pagi dan siang,
good morning Le Havre (France), good afternoon colleagues from Jakarta (Indonesia)
and other cities worldwide.
We are delighted to organize this webinar series and are honoured to moderate the first web conference with my esteemed colleague Dr. Nia Sarinastiti.
Before we give the floor to the speakers, allow us to express our gratitude to our French and Indonesian fellows. They invested their time and energy in this work, making it possible. We are also grateful for the efforts of Professors Eko Widodo, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Communication Studies at Atma Jaya, Dr. Dorien Kartikawangi (Head of the School of communication at Atma Jaya), Dr. Nia Sarinastiti, Dr. Rosidiana Sijabat (Associate Dean at Faculty of Business Administration and Communication Studies at Atma Jaya). Last but not least, we extend our thanks to my estimated friend Professor and doctor Joël Colloc (Professor in Computer Sciences in Le Havre Normandy University).
I first meet Dr. Dorien Kartikawangi at her office at the School of communication at Atma-Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta in 2016. Back in the days, we spoke of digital culture, digital trace and the works of the French School on Trace, represented in this webinar series, by Professors Colloc aforementioned, and Béatrice Galinon-Mélénec, Emeritus Professor in information and communication Sciences at Le Havre Normandy University and founder of the Laboratory on Human Trace Unitwin Complex System Digital Campus.
Back in the days, communication ethics and public health were ordinary subjects: there was no Covid-19, and we did not feel the need to brave the health domain.
In 2020 we worked with Dorien and Nia; we discussed matters related to the pandemic and how it influenced participation. We wanted to interrogate how Covid-19 disturbed our ways of living. Furthermore, at the beginning of this year, we mapped Health technology services in Indonesia and examined how they change communication and affect individual and organizational roles and interests. It was this reflection that led us to this project on digital communication and ethics in public health.
We wanted this cooperation to cover the complexity of e-health and communication. We, therefore, split the webinars into three axes:
1. The first is about Communication ethics in public health care with Joël Colloc and doctor Yunisa Astiarani, from School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia;
2. The second – in June – about Digital law and public communication with Dr. Bénédicte Bévière-Boyer from the faculty of Law in Paris VIII University and Dr Yuliana Siswartono of the Dept of Law at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia;
3. The third will be held in September and is about the advantages and risks of artificial intelligence in the communication of public campaigns, with Professor Galinon-Mélénec (Le Havre Normandy University) and Dr. Lukas of the Dept of Engineering, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia;
We wanted this work to be international (specifically Indonesian and French) and collaborative in its organization, contribution, and participation. Hence, we will host in each webinar two keynote speakers, one from Indonesia and the other from France, to crisscross diversified contexts and approaches.
We hope this work will build a solid partnership between the two institutions, Atma Jaya and Le Havre Normandy University, in research and teaching. It is a path that we choose that cross the road of ICCOMAC, the International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communication that will take place, in its 6th edition, in Atma Jaya in Jakarta in October of this year.
ICCOMAC is an interlock of the communication academician, professionals, and businesses, since it covers aspects of various industries. This year’s theme, we are focusing on basic communication: Managing Issues in Human Communication Today. It is broad, because things move fast, change fast, but we should remember, communication is about human.
To create interest, we are creating a series of webinar (as mentioned by Dr. Hadi) – and in this first webinar, we are glad to receive Pr. Colloc and doctor Yunisa Astiarani. Pr. Colloc research tries to conciliate using Big Data in epidemiological studies, autonomous systems and robots, and AI’s ethics to improve clinical decision in medicine while preserving the patient-caregiver relationship, privacy, and freewill choice of the patients. As to doctor Yunisa, she is assigned as the head of research methodology and evidence-based medicine module and member of the ethical committee in the faculty of medicine.
Dr. Saba Ayon:
This cooperative work is a set of elements where humans and technical and communicative factors cohabit and exchange to produce dynamics, content, knowledge, and reality.
In this webinar series, we do editorialization by producing and diffusing content in digital environments. Nevertheless, it is not just that. Editorialization, as Marcello Vitali-Rosati (2016) explains, refers to “how tools, emerging practices, and the structures determined by the tools engender a different relationship to the content itself”. Thus, we are willing to do collective forms of explaining the reality of social and cultural practices and manners that lead us to understand and organize our world.
Welcome to this event, ours, and yours, and have a great exchange.