Digital Densities

A symposium examining relations between material cultures and digital data  

26th and 27th March 2015
Hosted by the Digital Humanities Incubator (DHI) in the School of Culture and Communication
The University of Melbourne

In his key text Mechanisms, Matthew Kirschenbaum identifies a need to reassess theories of electronic textuality in light of “the material matrix governing writing and inscription in all forms: erasure, variability, repeatability and survivability” (2008, xii). In the academy, this material turn co-exists with an increasing utilization of digital resources and digital methodologies to preserve and disseminate the findings of our research. These shifts are accompanied by divergent affective responses that include an interest in tactile sensations and a mourning of the loss of the object. There is also a new awareness of the forms of lightness or weight attached to the transmission of ideas in and beyond our research communities. These numerous moments of contact between material culture and digital methodologies open up debates about the densities of our culture and scholarship.

The Digital Densities Symposium features papers, from leading academics, that explore the intersection between digital and material culture across a variety of disciplines including the performing arts, art history, publishing and new media.

Presenters include Sarah Kenderdine, Paul Arthur, Erik Champion, Miguel Escobar, Rachel Fensham, Gillian Russell, Nick Thieberger and Deb Verhoeven

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Thursday 26th March 2015, 6-8pm
McMahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts Building
Keynote Address: Prof. Sarah Kenderdine
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Friday 27th March 2015, 9am - 5.30pm
Linkway, 4th Floor John Medley Building
Registration 8.45am
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Admission is free.
Bookings are required.
Seating is limited.

The symposium program will be available via this page closer to the event.

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