A collection of videos from workshops, seminars and our annual Digital Day of Ideas events.

“This Identity Which is Not One: Intersectionality and Difference in a Linked Data World”

Digital Day of Ideas 2017

Professor Susan Brown, Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship (University of Guelph/University of Alberta)

Definitions of identity stress sameness, lack of change, essence, or oneness, but online identities are multiple and fractured, with personas, avatars, and online selves shaped by different contexts and platforms. Always already relational, they seem to reflect feminist theories of identity as constructed, performative, multiple, situated, and intersectional.

Yet within digital systems, social identities are susceptible to treatments that are at one end of the spectrum highly reductive in their affordances for self-representation and at the other so sophisticated that they exceed the knowledge and control of the human subject. This paper presents work towards digital representations that reflect the complexities of identities and the politics of their representation but that are also machine readable as semantic web or linked data. Despite the challenges, advancing nuanced representations of identities is both practically and politically crucial to how identities circulate in an increasingly mediated world.

“Learning with Digital Provocations”

Digital Day of Ideas 2017

Dr Jen Ross, University of Edinburgh

One of the most significant tensions in the convergence of technology and education is how the promise/threat of ‘disruption’ comes up against theories, practices and structures of formal and informal education. Disruption in educational technology contexts has come to be aligned with neo-liberal discourses of efficiency, enhancement, personalisation, scale and automation; and we can be forgiven for cynicism about its critical and creative potential in education.

This talk aims to reanimate the debate by reframing disruption in terms of inventiveness, provocation, uncertainty and the concept of ‘not-yetness’. Focusing on the recent AHRC-funded Artcasting project, and with other examples drawn from the work of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, it argues that inventive digital approaches can help us develop critical responses to assumptions about the role of the digital in contexts including higher education, museums and galleries.

Roundtable Discussion

Digital Day of Ideas 2017