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Public Lecture: Digital Humanities, Embodied Technology, and Selves

May 19, 2017 at 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:2228 Richcraft Hall
Key Contact:Brian Greenspan
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 ext. 2360

A Public Lecture by Professor Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Wearable media devices will continue to evolve, reading our feelings, anxieties, delights, and fears in addition to mundane information about what we buy, where we go, and who we know. Our digital selves will accrue datafied emotional profiles through biofeedback, while implanted technology is poised as the next phase of embodiment in increasingly everyday contexts.

For this talk, I will describe several multiyear digital humanities creation projects that respond to embodied technologies and affective computing. One project, Fabric of Digital Life, is an open digital humanities archive that explores the emergence of digital devices through its broad archival mission, collections, curatorial practices, and metadata development. Several critical arts projects explore the juncture between human agency, mediation, affect, film, art, technoculture, and embodied technology. The critical humanities goal represented by these projects is to engender experiences that are creatively jarring, thought provoking, and methodological.

Bio: Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture at UOIT. Her research focuses on wearable computers, networked culture, visual rhetoric and emergent media.

See the complete Digital Humanities Summer Institute program online here.