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Digital Society @ Manchester Met 2022

DIGITAL SOCIETY @ MANCHESTER MET 2022

A biennial series of events exploring the impact of an increasingly digital society on play, research methods, politics, arts and the environment.

ABOUT THESE EVENTS

These events celebrate the exceptional and diverse research expertise in digital social science and arts at Manchester Met.

Each reflects a key aspect of digital research in the University’s Arts and Humanities Faculty, including games, methods, politics, arts and the environment.

Through this series of events, we aim to:

  • connect with the public about the exciting and impactful digital research taking place in Manchester and beyond
  • support emerging scholars to build their research reputation by connecting them with established authorities in the field
  • create and consolidate international research partnerships and networks with digital social scientists and artists

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

These events are open to academic researchers, students and members of the public interested in the digital society. It will be of particular interest to those studying digital social sciences, digital arts, and media and communication studies - and prospective applicants to our MSc Digital Society

2022 PROGRAMME

MONDAY 6 JUNE: DIGITAL SOCIETY AND POLITICS

Geoffrey Manton Building, lecture theatre three

MAIN EVENTS

  • 9:30am Registration
  • 10am Event opening and welcome
  • 10:15am Keynote. The Promise of Access — Dr Daniel Greene, University of Maryland
  • 1pm Multimodal. A showcase of research into the working conditions and life experiences of platform food couriers in Manchester and Cluj-Napoca — Dr Cosmin Popan, Manchester Met

TUESDAY 7 JUNE: DIGITAL SOCIETY AND PLAY

Geoffrey Manton Building, room 230

MAIN EVENTS

  • 9:30am Registration
  • 10am Panel 1. Ecogames — Sonia Fizek, TH Köln, Joost Raessens, Utrecht University, Stefan Werning, Utrecht University
  • Break
  • 11:30am Panel 2. Economic and political challenges within the Digital Games Industry — Aleena Chia, Goldsmiths University, Alison Harvey York University, Paolo Ruffino, Liverpool University, Poppy Curran Jones, IWGB Game Workers, Dr Brendan Keogh, Queensland University of Technology
  • Lunch
  • 2pm Keynote. The Politics of Children’s Digital Playgrounds — Dr Sara Grimes, University of Toronto
  • Break
  • 3:30pm Panel 3. Theorising Playful Subjects in Digital Games — Feng Zhu, Kings College London, Stefano Gualeni and Daniel Vella, University of Malta, Rob Gallagher, Manchester Met, Tom Brock, Manchester Met

WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE: DIGITAL SOCIETY AND METHODS 

Geoffrey Manton Building, room 230

MAIN EVENTS

  • 9:30am Registration
  • 10am Keynote. Using the Walkthrough Method in a Multi-Method Study: An Example from the COVID Sex Lives Project — Ben Light, University of Salford
  • Break
  • 11:30am Interactive Session. App Walkthroughs and Digital Health — Adi Kuntsman, Manchester Met
  • Lunch
  • 1:30pm Panel 1. App Walkthroughs: Key Challenges and Innovations — Stefanie Duguay, Concordia University, Jessamy Perriam, ITU Copenhagen, Sunniva Sandbukt, ITU Copenhagen, Lara Reime, ITU Copenhagen
  • Break
  • 3pm Panel 2. App Walkthroughs and Social Media Influence — Sophie Bishop, Sheffield University, Ysabel Gerrard, Sheffield University
  • Break
  • 4:15pm App Walkthroughs and Platform Governance — Alex Ross and David Nieborg, University of Toronto, Daniel Joseph, Manchester Met, Lianrui Jia, University of Sheffield

THURSDAY 9 JUNE: DIGITAL SOCIETY AND ARTS

Geoffrey Manton Building, lower atrium

MAIN EVENTS

  • 9:30am Registration
  • 10am What are NFTs? Demo and panel discussion — SODA academic staff
  • Lunch
  • 2pm Workshop. The City and Artificial Reality — Ben Gwalchmai
  • Break
  • 4pm Workshop. Ambisonics and Virtual Reality — Chris Whiter

FRIDAY 10 JUNE: DIGITAL SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Geoffrey Manton Building, room 230

MAIN EVENTS

  • 9:30am Registration
  • 10am Panel 1. Games and the Environment — Ben Abraham, UTS Climate Justice Research Centre, and Alenda Chang, University of California
  • Break
  • 11:30am Presentation. Manchester Met’s Digital Sustainability HUB and the RISE Grand Challenge Team — Adi Kuntsman and Liz Price
  • Lunch 
  • 1:30pm Panel 2 and keynote. Are digital technologies good for the planet? — Benedetta Brevini, University of Sydney
  • Break
  • 3pm #OpenLight Spotlight: Screening and Discussion — Erinma Ochu and Naomi Mwasambili
Free
6 - 10 June 2022
Manchester Metropolitan University (Geofferey Manton Building)
Rosamond St W
Manchester
Manchester
M15 6EB
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