SAM Seminar: Humans, Data, Mediations

When:2 Oct 2018, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:G17, Robert Webster Building
Who:Edgar Gomez Cruz and Heather Ford, with Tanja Dreher, UNSW

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Humans, Data, Mediations

Digital culture research explores how digital practices connect to age-old questions of human progress, history, politics and community. Although they come from different disciplinary backgrounds, digital cultural researchers tend to share the same goal of better understanding the socio-technical relations that characterise contemporary society. They do this by paying attention to the particular cultural and historical context of their use.

In this seminar, newcomers to SAM, digital cultural researchers Heather Ford and Edgar Gómez Cruz present current forays into two distinct digital cultures: Heather Ford talking about how Wikipedia has become a critical platform for writing history as it happens; Edgar Gómez Cruz about the challenging task of researching Whatsapp security groups (groups used by citizens in many countries around the world to discuss neighbourhood security). Join us for this exploration into Wikipedia and Whatsapp and the worlds that they create for their users. Another relative newcomer, Tanja Dreher will act as the discussant.

Heather Ford is a Senior Lecturer in SAM researching how digital infrastructures in a range of current online platforms influence the diversity, quality and reach of global public knowledge.

Edgar Gómez Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures at SAM researching vernacular visual material practices and different forms of digital (il)legitimations.

Tanja Dreher is an ARC Future Fellow / Scientia Fellow whose research focuses on media justice and the politics of listening.


SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.

Coming next:
Week 12 - Tuesday, 16 October
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Adam Hulbert, Nicole Santilan and Isabella Loong, UNSW
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Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. G17 is located on the ground floor.

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