[Air-L] Webinar: “Zooming” In and Out to Examine the “Virus”

Natalia Grincheva grincheva at gmail.com
Sun Nov 1 04:53:09 PST 2020

*** With apologies for x-posting***

You are welcome to attend the following webinar:

*Webinar:** “Zooming” In and Out to Examine the “Virus”*

Professor Jodie McVernon and Professor Sean Cubitt ( The University of

What new meanings of words such as zoom and virus did the Convid-19
outbreak instigate? How did we move from ‘Google it’ to ‘Let’s Zoom’, and
what are the economic and political implications of platform-imperialism in
the time of the 24/7 digital communication? What are the real and potential
powers of online and biological viruses to disrupt, challenge, improve or
destroy human life? The final webinar will facilitate a cross-disciplinary
conversation between researchers at the University of Melbourne to share
insights on the role of digital technologies in the current pandemic with
its consequences for moral, social and physical being.

*Register here:*

*Date & time:*

*November 6, 2020 *London (Greenwich Mean Time +2):
7:00 AM
Melbourne (Australian Eastern Standard Time):     4:00 PM

This is a last webinar of the fall series:
*Redefining Digital Keywords From Digital Archaisms to (Post)Pandemic
(Digital Studio, the University of Melbourne)

*If you missed any of the previous webinars you are welcome watch the
recordings on the Digital Studio website.*

*The Death of the “Analogue” and Re-birth of the “Surrogate” *A/Professor
Jeffrey Drouin and Professor Jonathan Sterne

Will Covid-19 lockdown finally abandon the analogue age? Will digital
surrogate become mainstream in the near future? With the comprehensive
digitization of communications across various spheres of human life from
entertainment to education, from work to healthcare, the webinar will
discuss what these words mean in pandemic time.

Watch a recording here:

* “Internet” and “Hackers”: New Threats and Opportunities *Professor
Gabriella Coleman and Professor Thomas Streeter

Has Covid-19 transformed how we will live in the Internet in our digital
future? What are the democratic promises of hacktivism and the security
dangers of hacker cybercrimes? This webinar will explore the social,
ethical and political implications of the new technology-society
relationships in the (post)pandemic times of this free-wheeling horizon of
and expanded cyberspace.

Watch a recording here:

*“Events” in the Post-“Information” Age *A/Professor Julia Sonnevend and
Dr. Bernard Geoghegan

Will the word information acquire new meanings under the pressure of
technological transformations caused by the Covid-19 digital lockdown? How
will people understand, define and experience major or minor events when
they are limited to virtual encounters, online meetings and social media
catch-ups? The webinar will interrogate old meanings and explore emerging
connotations of what becomes information and whither the nature of an event
in the seamless enfolding of the two in the online world.

Watch a recording here:

*“Geeking” and “Prototyping” the “New Normal”*

A/Professor Christina Dunbar-Hester and Professor Fred Turner

Could we imagine and prototype human life in the post-pandemic world? Will
geeks rule in the emerging social conditions of the new normal, or will
they simply become extinct in the digital mainstreaming of daily life? The
webinar will tackle the question of human typologies in new social
formations and online networks.

Watch a recording here:

* “Sharing” and “Gaming” in the Post-pandemic World *Dr. Nicholas A. John
and Professor Saugata Bhaduri

How do we share online versus offline and what games can we play when
limited within digital reality? What are the consequences on our health and
well-being of non-stop digital sharing of our lives and emotions? And is it
possible to transfer sport matches, games, and even such world sport
mega-events as the Olympics into the digital world? The webinar will aim to
answer these questions in conversation with Dr Nicholas A. John and
Professor Saugata Bhaduri.

Watch a recording here:

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