Living A Digital Life

Living a Digital Life

Objects, Environments, Power

May 9-11, 2019

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What does it mean to be alive in the digital age?

 

Everyone thinks they know what digital means. So pervasive are digital technologies in the 21st century that it is difficult to find critical distance from this immersive new world of ubiquitous connectivity, social media feeds, smartphones, mobile apps, responsive design, algorithmic recommendation systems, and voice-controlled home shopping assistants. While the question “what is the digital?” is compelling, the more pressing question might be instead: what does it mean to be alive in the digital age?

Across campus, this question will emerge in courses, colloquia, lectures, and informal conversations among students, faculty, staff, and peers. Critically engaging with the big issues, urgent consequences, and radical possibilities for grappling with the meaning of life in this era of digital ubiquity. Whether defined as “animated corporeal existence,” “vitality,” or “to continue, to remain,” we see a profound opportunity to approach the digital world through a spectrum of the meaning of life-ness - alive, liveness, animated, lifelike, life-adjacent, consciousness, awareness, attention, awoke.

“Living a Digital Life” is the 2019 Michigan Meeting.

Organizers

The 2019 Michigan Meeting is co-organized by...

Ellie Abrons, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Assistant Professor of Architecture.

Megan Sapnar Ankerson, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Associate Professor of Communication.

McLain Clutter, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Associate Professor of Architecture.

Paul Conway, University of Michigan School of Information Associate Professor of Information.

Adam Fure, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Assistant Professor of Architecture.

Sarah Murray, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media.

Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Professor of American Culture.