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Data, Communication and New Technologies (DCT) – Pathway Seminar 3

Date - Thursday, 17th May 2018 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Digital Forgetting

Date & Time: Thursday 17 May 2018, 11am – 1pm

Venue: Room RC204, Information School, Regent Court, University of Sheffield

Professor Andrew Hoskins is Interdisciplinary Research Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, UK. His latest books are: (Ed) Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition (Routledge 2017) and (with John Tulloch): Risk and Hyperconnectivity: Media and Memories of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press 2016). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Sage journal of Memory Studies and founding Co-Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series Memory Studies. His current project is ‘Memory in the Head and in the Wild: Interdisciplinarity in Memory Studies’ with Amanda Barnier: https://memorywild.com/about/. Twitter: @andrewhoskins

This presentation offers forgetting as the defining mode of our relationship with the past, rather than as memory’s silent partner. To this end I firstly, treat forgetting holistically, as connected between individual, social and organisational domains; secondly, take digital media as the principal shaper of how and why individuals, societies and organisations forget, and, thirdly, consider new interdisciplinary ways in which forgetting can be represented and understood.

My approach is founded in treating forgetting – its worth and possibility – as a conundrum. Forgetting must be avoided yet it is easy, it is essential yet impossible. It is precisely because there is an excess of the past made present –  societies have become increasingly swamped in connectivities and cultures of remembrance and haunted by all of the digital traces of self – that forgetting becomes urgent. The past seems bloated and yet our algorithmic present seems impossible to capture and preserve for use in the future.

I take as the heart of this conundrum digital infrastructures and cultures of participation fostering of new and unpredictable entanglements between humans, humans and machines, and machines and machines, ushering in paradoxical challenges of both forgetting and not being forgotten.

The research seminar will be preceded by a pathway meeting to discuss the pathway event at the WRDTP Methods Conference in June. 

Timings and venues for the sessions are as follows:

11.00-11.45 – Pathway Meeting  and coffee -Ana Vasconcelos  (Regent Court, level 2, INF-iSpace, adjacent to RC204)
11.45-12.00 – Break
12.00-13.00 – Research seminar – Prof. Andrew Hoskins (Regent Court, level 2, Room RC204)

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

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Enquiry contact details

For all enquiries please contact Pathway Director Dr Ana Vasconcelos at a.c.vasconcelos@sheffield.ac.uk