Digital Symptoms

When the digital transformation that would take ten years happens in a month

On top of the usual networked everyday media, apps such as Zoom, House Party, TikTok and Teams have transformed the way we communicate with each other, because they are helping people stay connected as best as they can during this global pandemic.

Nevertheless, against the backdrop of this wide-spread techno-utopianism, abrupt and accelerated digital transformation is blurring public and private life with crucial consequences:

  • changes to the relationship of the self to society;
  • anxiety over impact on work, education, and family life;
  • concern over inequalities in how BAME, and also vulnerable marginalised communities are affected;
  • fear over the possibility to think autonomously and protest within the context of surveillance capitalism;
  • the overall disastrous impact on cultural work and art activism;
  • the problem of the environmental impact of digitisation.

Urgent debates about the future post-COVID-19 world and the looming ecological disaster are, therefore, needed now more than ever.

In light of this context, join academics from media and communication, sociology, politics, human geography, museum studies, business, and informatics at the University of Leicester in debating the impact of the digital by default.

Speakers include: Alberto Cossu, Stefano De Sabbata, Rob Dover, Michael Dunning, Will Green, Matt Hart, Effie Law, Di Levine, Christian Morgner, Ross Parry, and Paula Serafini

Moderator: Athina Karatzogianni, Director @CAMEo_UoL and researcher @DigiGenEurope

Organised by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the University of Leicester. Part of LCB Depot's Creative Industries programme, this month focussing on #digitalarts showcasing exhibitions, performances, broadcasts and talks from artists and academics. find out more at @lcbdepot #digitalarts

Free, online event. Register here