The ‘material turn’ in Humanities research has seen a celebration of the physicality of things and a revaluing of the weight of experience, including in the case of digital data. In his key text Mechanisms, Matthew Kirschenbaum identifies a need to reassess theories of electronic textuality in light of “the material matrix governing writing and inscription in all forms: erasure, variability, repeatability and survivability” (2008, xii). In the academy, this material turn co-exists with an increasing utilization of digital resources and digital methodologies to preserve and disseminate the findings of our research. These shifts are accompanied by divergent affective responses that include an interest in tactile sensations and a mourning of the loss of the object. There is a new awareness of the forms of lightness or weight attached to the transmission of ideas in and beyond our research communities; the densities of our culture and scholarship. The ever more numerous !
moments of contact between material culture and digital methodologies open up debates that are of both practical and theoretical significance.
The Digital Densities Symposium features papers, from leading academics, that explore the intersection between digital and material culture across a variety of disciplines including the performing arts, art history, publishing and new media.
The event is an initiative of the Digital Humanities Incubator in the School of Culture and Communications, which seeks to raise the profile of the digital humanities at the University of Melbourne. The core objective of the event is to explore the theoretical implications of digital technologies on material culture. Prof Kenderdine's address, and indeed the event more broadly, is of interest both to scholars and cultural practitioners working within Australia's cultural institutions such as Museum Victoria and the NGV. This event will thus present an excellent opportunity to liaise with representatives from these institutions to develop new partnerships and projects into the future.
You can attend the digital densities lecture on Thursday March 26 by visiting the public lecture registration page.
Friday 27 March | 9:00am - 5:00pm
4th Floor John Medley Building
The University of Melbourne
Contact Amanda Malel Trevisanut in the School of Culture and Communication at [email protected] or 9035 3980.