New Books in Digital Media and Culture

Research Seminar, University of Stirling
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 -
17:00 - 19:00

Room C1, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

Greg Singh presents The Death of Web 2.0
In the contemporary media ecosystem of “always-on” culture, judgements are made quickly and impacts can be far-reaching, affecting our relationships, wellbeing, mental health and the health of our communities. Drawing from and synthesising communitarian ethics, recognition theory, STS approaches, and concepts from relational and depth psychology, this seminar will take a retrospective look at connected media and communications practices to explore some of these issues, as laid out in the book The Death of Web 2.0: Ethics, Connectivity and Recognition in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2019).

Jacob Johanssen presents Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture
The talk provides an overview of the themes in Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019), with a focus on big data. The talk will use data mining on social media as an example to analyse big data from a psychoanalytic perspective. Drawing on the psychoanalytic notion of perversion, it outlines how users are both valued and treated as objects by many digital media platforms today, and how data mining practices are both individualising and disindividualising.

Chiara Bernardi presents Women and the digitally mediated revolution in the Middle East: Applying digital methods
This book applies digital methods of analysis to the study of the impact of digital technologies on the social and political spheres of women in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Greg Singh is Associate Professor in Media and Communications, and Programme Director of Digital Media in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, UK. He has published extensively on a wide range of topics, from celebrity, YouTube and lifestyle television, to cinephilia, CGI and videogames. Greg is Co-Director of the RSE Life in Data Research Network and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jacob Johanssen is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University
of Westminster (London, UK). His research interests include psychoanalysis and digital media, audience research, affect theories, digital labour, and critical theory.

Chiara Bernardi is Lecturer in Communication, Media and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

Refeshments supplied.

This event is part of the digital media month.