Reimagining the future by contemplating the past, using science fiction to analyse digital technology (HADES Seminar).
Date and time
Thursday 22 April 2021, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing of Arts West (Building 148) via the rear lift.
The Digital Studio will be livestreaming this zoom seminar next Thursday by the newly formed Humanities and Diverse eResearch Scholars group (HADES). Come to Level 2 to watch it on the big screen with tea, coffee and biscuits
About this event
Science fiction has long been one of the key areas in which futures are imagined, well before the technology is capable of what is imagined. This presentation will contemplate three fictional pieces, including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818), RUR by Karel Čapek (1920), and Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1952), looking at themes and learnings for analyzing digital technologies. By using these tools, this brief presentation will evidence what the humanities have to contribute to the digital technologies, and the significance of engaging with tools that are changing democracies, the environment, and neoliberalism itself.
HADES Seminar Series: The Humanities in the Digital Age
Introducing a seminar series by the newly formed Humanities and Diverse eResearch Scholars group (HADES). This series brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Humanities and digital scholarship. We will hear from speakers on topics ranging from digital ethics and machine learning through to architecture and literary studies, but always with a focus on the crucial role that the Humanities play in helping to explain and shape complex human experiences. The series aims to challenge and extend understandings of digital research in the Humanities and present new and emerging work by scholars working across and between disciplines.
Seminars will be held monthly on Thursdays at 3:30pm by Zoom (and by zoom and in person by Semester 2). The Digital Studio will show these seminars every month on a big screen in The Lab on Level 2, refreshments will be provided. Read more about HADES.
Dr Kobi Leins GAICD / Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics / Centre for AI and Digital Ethics
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Melbourne
Non-Resident Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research