Digital Futures in the Making: Imaginaries, Politics, and Materialities
14 & 15-16.09.2022
Digital processes and their profound impact on everyday lives are connected to various, sometimes contradictory imaginations and scenarios. What will digital futures look like, and what directions are possible and desirable? How do ideas of digital futures already shape the present? This conference aims to explore processes of emergence, improvisation, and contingency in developing, designing, and using digital media and technologies. It ties into the study of future-making, an emerging field in anthropology, connecting the perspective from the past and present as an object of anthropological inquiry with the orientation on the (near) future. Futures (in plural) relate both to the creation of imaginations as well as practices of the possible in situations of everyday life, where ‘living’ and the idea of a good life is at stake.
conference discusses research on how we should live in the digital age, on the mundanisation of digital technologies and on digital infrastructuring and materialities as well as on the futures of digital anthropology and open science. We deliberately address a broad spectrum of research fields. The conference is a platform for individual researchers as well as for experimental workshops and transdisciplinary studios. We are planning to publish the contributions to this conference in an international publication.
About the Commission for “Digital Anthropology”
Within a historically short time digital storage, production, information, and communication media have inscribed themselves profoundly into everyday lives: as end devices in a variety of formats into material culture, as symbols and signs into interpretation systems, as interfaces and networks into sociality, and as developments open to future prospects into collective imagination. The commission „Digital Anthropology“ aims to shed light on such dynamics from a specifically cultural studies/cultural anthropology perspective. It offers a network and platform of exchange for critical research and teaching in methodologically divers and flexible ways, building connecting bridges. This commission is part of the German Society for Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies (DGEKW).
For further information, visit the Commission’s website here.
The preliminary conference programme is now published.
Book of Abstracts
The Book of Abstracts is now published.
The schedule corresponds to Central European Time (CEST).
The registration for the conference is now open. For the pre-conference, please register via Eventbrite at the following link .