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Distinguished Colloquium (Stallman Lecture): Paul Dourish, UC Irvine

Engaging The Digital Material: A new approach to the materiality of information

Many scholars have been at paints to point out that, despite the rhetoric of virtuality that underlies much of how we talk about digital technologies, those technologies are resolutely material — crafted from minerals and poisonous chemicals, consuming power, generating heat, and occupying space. Materialist conceptions of digital media offer alternative accounts that resituate contemporary technologies in social, economic, and organizational settings. However, this approach, while useful, leaves the content of the digital largely untouched. In this talk, I will explore an alternative conception of digital materiality. By focusing on digital representations and their technical manifestations, I will explore an alternative domain of materiality that shapes and constrains the encounter between the digital and social worlds. This provides a new stance from which to understand how digital systems produce their effects and are incorporated into larger systems of meaning and action.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:15am to 2:30pm

UT Administration Building (UTA), 5.522
1616 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX

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School of Information

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Students, Faculty



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