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Thursday 25th May 2017
Paterson's Land 1.19, Holyrood campus

Booking link: Register for your free place 

This event will be livestreamed at .

This open lecture, chaired by Dr Karen Gregory (Lecturer in Digital Sociology, University of Edinburgh), will be of interest to anyone working at the intersections of digital education and critical pedagogy, as well as those keen to explore the relationship between digital culture and social justice. 

Dr Akwugo Emejulu (Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick) and Dr Callum McGregor (Lecturer in Education, University of Edinburgh) attempt to define and explore a concept of ‘radical digital citizenship’ and its implications for digital education. The arguments they advance draw on a recent paper (, the motivation for which was partly based on their joint experience of combining digital education with a substantive focus on social justice.

This will be followed by a response from discussants Dr Huw Davies (researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and Convener of the BSA's Digital Sociology study group) and Dr Emma Dowling (Senior Researcher, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Postgrowth Societies Research Group)

The event will culminate in an open discussion, which all attendees are warmly invited to participate in. 

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided. 

Please email for a copy of the above paper, if you don't have institutional access.

Jointly organised by colleagues in Education, Digital Education and Digital Sociology, with funding from the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice and Global Development Academies’ Innovation Initiative Fund. 


Weird Solidarities

Karen Gregory, Digital Sociology, Edinburgh

Thursday 24th November 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House

Whereas past generations longed to know if there is an afterlife, today we face a living hauntology in the form of our data presences. We live on not only past death, as the recent Facebook end-of- year debacles have poignantly demonstrated, but we live beyond ourselves in and through black- boxed algorithms and their architectures of capture and deployment. While we might understand this as a form of posthumanism or by using the framework of human/machine relations, I suggest we think of it this way: as a form of “weird” solidarity not only with one another but with the very environments that are being made to be “expressive” (Thrift 2012) along with us. As value grows increasingly speculative, being drawn from the dual promise of data aggregation and its parsing— for data are only as valuable as the novel emergent patterns it can produce—such value is already predicated on a social body and the generative connections that can be forged among its constituent elements. These elements do not necessarily have to reduce to “the human.” Additionally, this is a laboring and productive body whether it “works” or not. In this way, this economy does not need “you,” but it is fully composed of “us.” This talk explores the potential of this weird solidarity to consider possibilities of social and racial justice in a data-ified world.

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