St. John’s College, Oxford, January 7 & 8, 2019

The two day gathering on 7 and 8 January will be hosted at St. John’s College, Oxford. Here we will assemble a group of scholars and practitioners to discuss the ways in which digital visualising technologies are convening different types of publics across cities and heritage organisations.

Structured around the themes of digital urban publics and the imagined pasts of urban heritage, each of the two days will foster dialogue between media theorists and digital humanities professionals, digital designers, cultural geographers and urban campaigners. Anchored by keynotes and fleshed out by dynamic panels and discussants, we’re thrilled to host such an impressive congress of digital media scholars and professionals.

‘Publics’ and Smart Cities—Jan 7th

Our first day will take four cuts through the digital, visual and cultural in urban settings. Examining environmental data, urban screens both large and small, storytelling about urban change, and engagements with future urban technologies, we will draw academics and practitioners into conversation to consider the various ways in which publics — both actual and projected — intersect and gather around digital/visual media and technologies. The academics and practitioners will each be invited to speak for 20 minutes, followed by a 20 minute session of discussant facilitated dialogue and open time for questions. The sessions are as follows:


Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths University of London) in conversation with Kayla Schulte and Tony Bush (Friends of the Earth, Oxford). Moderator TBA.

Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck College, University of London) in conversation with Clare Walton and Phillipa Tipper (Community Action Milton Keynes). Moderated by Oliver Zanzetti (University of Oxford, SoGE).

Adam Greenfield (Author, Against the Smart City and Radical Technologies) in conversation with Alison Powell (London School of Economics). Moderated by Adam Packer (University of Oxford, SoGE).

Zlatan Krajina (University of Zagreb), in conversation with Susa Pop (Public Art Lab, Berlin). Moderated by Oli Mould (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘Publics’ and Heritage —Jan 8th

In contrast with our first day of programming, the second is built around a pair of keynote addresses from Ayona Datta (King’s College, London) and Monica Degen (Brunel University). Where Dr. Datta’s research concerns the digital turn and post-colonial urban futures, Dr. Degen’s takes up questions of urban temporalities with a current focus on the Museum of London’s planned move to a new site. Both consider the various ways in which the future of urban spaces are alternately bound up in complicated histories and imagined futures projected as being distinctly visual. Each keynote will be matched with a discussant. We're delighted to welcome both Dr. Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology) as discussant of Monica's keynote, and Prof. John Wiley (University of Exeter) as discussant of Ayona’s keynote.

Accompanying these talks will be a panel taking up questions of digital heritage as they’re finding articulation both online and in contemporary museum spaces. Here, heritage academics will be placed in conversation with heritage and digital design professionals, moderated by Sterling Mackinnon (University of Oxford, SoGE). Participants are as follows:

Kathryn Eccles (University of Oxford, CABINET project)

Damien Smith (Creative Director, ISO Design, Glasgow)

Daniel Pett (Head of Digital and IT, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)