Living a Digital Life

Objects, Environments, Power

May 9-10, 2019

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Living a Digital Life

CONFERENCE

Rackham Building

May 9-10, 2019

Free and open to the public.  

Keynote Speakers

 
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Adam Greenfield is a London-based writer and urbanist. His most recent book, Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, was published by Verso in 2017.

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Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.

 
 

Panelists Include

Tiffany Funk, Editor-in-Chief VGA Reader, Video Games Art (VGA) Gallery

Janice Gates, Program Coordinator, Equitable Internet Initiative, Allied Media Projects

Meg Leta, Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

Shannon Mattern, Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research

Curtis Roth, Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University

Ridhi Tariyal, Founder, NextGen Jane

Dan Taeyoung, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture, Columbia GSAPP

Molly Wright Steenson, Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Fine Arts, K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies and Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon School of Design

Megan Sapnar Ankerson, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Michigan

Jerry Davis, Associate Dean for Business + Impact, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration, and Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

Nicole Ellison, Karl E Weick Collegiate Professor of Information and Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan

Muzammil Hussain, Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Andrew Ibrahim, Staff Surgeon, University of Michigan and Chief Medical Officer, HOK Architects

Osman Khan, Associate Professor, School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Mark Lindquist, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan

Nancy Love, Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Mihaela Mihailova, Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media, University of Michigan

Sarah Murray, Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media, University of Michigan

Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor; Director of the Digital Studies Institute, University of Michigan

Upali Nanda, Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan and Director of Research, HKS Inc.

Kathy Velikov, Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Anna Watkins Fisher, Assistant Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan

More to come!

 

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 has emerged 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,” the conference approaches the digital world through a spectrum of the meaning of life-ness, explored through selfhood, labor, health, environment, politics, and memory.

“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.