Research ‘Ignite’ CFP – Being Human in a Digital Age

The event is aimed at early career researchers in the humanities (who may be also working across disciplinary divides such as in the arts and sciences) whose research connects to the theme of ‘being human in a digital age’. Ignite events challenge researchers to make their case in a short, succinct way by giving them five minutes only to make their case. For this event, which will be held in the University of London’s Senate House on the 15th November 2014, we are also challenging applicants to make their research accessible to a non-academic audience.

The event forms part of Too Much Information – a day of public events hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London exploring what it means to be human in a digital age.  Contributors to the day include the Mass Observation Archive, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL), the British Library and the Oxford Internet Institute. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and technology writer Ben Hammersley.

We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in hearing from people whose research may touch upon some of the following areas working on some of the following topics:

  • the history and future of ‘big-data’ in the humanities – from paper archives to digital repositories
  • surveillance, online privacy, the ‘right to be forgotten’ and the politics of the internet
  • new technologies and their impact on human consciousness, memories, emotions
  • historical, literary or artistic explorations of ‘information overload’

For the full call, and details of how to apply, visit the Being Human festival website. The deadline for applications in 1 October, 2014.

Please feel free to circulate this amongst colleagues/PhD candidates who may be interested.

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