As well as identifying areas of strategic need for research around/with digital technology in the culture sector, and brokering new projects and purposeful initiatives, the Institute also has a key role in amplifying research, and helping it get to the points where it can be most useful.
One way we do this is through producing open and accessible research outputs – such as podcasts.
Institute Research Fellow, Dr Sophie Frost, has researched, written and presented a number of these series, each taking areas of inter-disciplinary and collaborative research in the area of digital culture, and sharing them in a way that is open to everyone.
Voices of the Royal Pavilion and Museums (2020), People. Change. Museums. (2020-2021) and The Hidden Constellation (2022), present perspectives on the role and impact of technology across cultural institutions including Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove (UK), Smithsonian Institution (US), and Science Museum Group (UK) amongst others. Each of these podcasts have been produced by Chris Thorpe-Tracey of Lo-Fi Arts, with artwork design by Matt C. Stokes.
Sophie Frost's latest podcast, The Output, explores our world of digital culture – how we got here, why we got here, what we’re doing here – through providing fresh and diverse perspectives on technology in our lives today. Over four stand-alone episodes, this series profiles and interrogate the central ideas underpinning the new Institute for Digital Culture at the University of Leicester in its inaugural year. Presented by Dr Sophie Frost, Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute, and Chris Thorpe-Tracey, former singer-songwriter now activist, writer and broadcaster, this podcast locates the Institute as a catalyst for new thinking, experiments, and interventions in digital culture. Join Sophie and Chris as they learn about new and emerging perspectives that will have relevance to both academic and non-academic audiences. The Output features voices, both familiar and underheard, from across the academic, cultural, and tech sectors. While those working within new digital scholarship have an important place in this series, it also profiles those working directly within arts and cultural contexts. Listen below:
Listen to Sophie Frost’s previous series: