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Unplugging

#Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies.

Keywords: Unplugging, Digital Humanities, Cross-disciplinary Research, Social Networks, Social Capital, Smart City, Social Innovation, Networked Individualism, Liquid and Networked Society, Public Space and Millennials.

  • To congregate scholars from Digital Humanities, OII, FoC, InSIS, COMPAS, Oxford Martin School, Säid Business School, Sustainable Urban Development Programme Oxford, Transport Unit and Environmental Change Institute, among others, generating a dialogue between individual academics and communities interested in critically analyzing the social implications of the hyper-connected society.
  • To facilitate networking and face-to-face conversations to stimulate a live exchange between researchers and individuals with an interest in understanding the side effects of the internet and other socio-­technical factors in everyday life.

Methodology:

The workshop will include presentations and interdisciplinary group discussions: (1) to debate and exchange relevant research and experiences (2) to go beyond the techno-determinism views and explore some of the side-effects of an increasingly hyper-connected society (3) to explore avenues of further research.

Summary:

The workshop will consist of academics from across the disciplines to critically analyse why the current socio-technical transformations, such as the expansion of social networks and the smart city, should not necessarily be understood as a proxy of ‘social capital’ for a better urban governance. Framed in the context of a society heavily influenced by the promises of Smart Cities, Big Data, smart devices etc., a cross-disciplinary analysis will discuss the side-effects and tensions between being online 24/7 and the subtle notion of #Unplugging, conceived as a rare privilege that only a few members of hyper-connected societies can attain.

Aim:

The goal of this workshop is to provide a framework for deconstructing the on-going discourse of Smart Cities articulating ten dimensions grounded in a critical social innovation perspective and exploring new transitions and tensions in this agenda.

Location:
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (Humanities Division, University of Oxford). Friday, 20th June 2014 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST) Oxford, United Kingdom

Booking:
Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please click here to register.

Convenors:
Igor Calzada, PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Future of Cities, COMPAS & InSIS - University of Oxford

Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow Oxford Internet Institute - University of Oxford

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