[globaloutlookDH-l] Webinar: “Zooming” In and Out to Examine the “Virus”

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You are welcome to attend the following webinar:
Webinar: “Zooming” In and Out to Examine the “Virus”
Professor Jodie McVernon and Professor Sean Cubitt ( The University of Melbourne
What new meanings of words such as zoom and virus did the Convid-19 outbreak instigate? How did we move from ‘Google it’ to ‘Let’s Zoom’, and what are the economic and political implications of platform-imperialism in the time of the 24/7 digital communication? What are the real and potential powers of online and biological viruses to disrupt, challenge, improve or destroy human life? The final webinar will facilitate a cross-disciplinary conversation between researchers at the University of Melbourne to share insights on the role of digital technologies in the current pandemic with its consequences for moral, social and physical being.
Register here:  https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/zooming-in-and-out-to-examine-the-virus
Date & time:
November 6, 2020
London (Greenwich Mean Time +2):                        7:00 AM
Melbourne (Australian Eastern Standard Time):     4:00 PM
This is a last webinar of the fall series: Redefining Digital Keywords
>From Digital Archaisms to (Post)Pandemic Neologisms
(Digital Studio, the University of Melbourne)

If you missed any of the previous webinars you are welcome watch the recordings on the Digital Studio website.

The Death of the “Analogue” and Re-birth of the “Surrogate”
A/Professor Jeffrey Drouin and Professor Jonathan Sterne
Will Covid-19 lockdown finally abandon the analogue age? Will digital surrogate become mainstream in the near future? With the comprehensive digitization of communications across various spheres of human life from entertainment to education, from work to healthcare, the webinar will discuss what these words mean in pandemic time.
Watch a recording here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/the-death-of-the-analogue-and-re-birth-of-the-surrogate

 “Internet” and “Hackers”: New Threats and Opportunities
Professor Gabriella Coleman and Professor Thomas Streeter
Has Covid-19 transformed how we will live in the Internet in our digital future? What are the democratic promises of hacktivism and the security dangers of hacker cybercrimes? This webinar will explore the social, ethical and political implications of the new technology-society relationships in the (post)pandemic times of this free-wheeling horizon of and expanded cyberspace.
Watch a recording here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/internet-and-hackers-new-threats-and-opportunities

“Events” in the Post-“Information” Age
A/Professor Julia Sonnevend and Dr. Bernard Geoghegan
Will the word information acquire new meanings under the pressure of technological transformations caused by the Covid-19 digital lockdown? How will people understand, define and experience major or minor events when they are limited to virtual encounters, online meetings and social media catch-ups? The webinar will interrogate old meanings and explore emerging connotations of what becomes information and whither the nature of an event in the seamless enfolding of the two in the online world.
Watch a recording here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/events-in-the-post-information-age

“Geeking” and “Prototyping” the “New Normal”
A/Professor Christina Dunbar-Hester and Professor Fred Turner
Could we imagine and prototype human life in the post-pandemic world? Will geeks rule in the emerging social conditions of the new normal, or will they simply become extinct in the digital mainstreaming of daily life? The webinar will tackle the question of human typologies in new social formations and online networks.
Watch a recording here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/geeking-and-prototyping-in-the-new-normal

 “Sharing” and “Gaming” in the Post-pandemic World
Dr. Nicholas A. John and Professor Saugata Bhaduri
How do we share online versus offline and what games can we play when limited within digital reality? What are the consequences on our health and well-being of non-stop digital sharing of our lives and emotions? And is it possible to transfer sport matches, games, and even such world sport mega-events as the Olympics into the digital world? The webinar will aim to answer these questions in conversation with Dr Nicholas A. John and Professor Saugata Bhaduri.
Watch a recording here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research/digital-studio/programs/seminar-series/2020/sharing-and-gaming-in-the-post-pandemic-world
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