International Symposium on Contagion Design: Labour, Economy, Habits, Data

Event Name
International Symposium on Contagion Design: Labour, Economy, Habits, Data
22 October 2020
11:30 am - 01:00 pm

Address (Room): This event will be held via Zoom. Please register to be receive the Zoom details, which will be sent the day before the event.


This is the first of four events of the Contagion Design International Symposium.

Summary: How is contagion designed? How do labour, migration, habits and data configure contagion? Across a program of four weeks of discussion and debate, this event explores the current conjuncture through these vectors to address issues of rising unemployment, restricted movement, increasing governance of populations through data systems and the compulsory redesign of habits. Design logics underscore both biological contagion and political technologies. Contagion is redesigning how labour and migration are differentially governed, experienced and indeed produced. Habits generate modes of exposure and protection from contagion and become a resource for managing biological and social life. Data turns contagion into models that make a virus actionable and calculable. But can the logic of pre-emption and prediction ever accommodate and control the contingencies of a virus? The aim of this event is to explore these issues and their implications for cultural, social and political research. If contagion never abandons the scene of the present, if it persists as a constitutive force in the production of social life, how might we redesign the viral as the friend we love to hate?

This event organised by the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University includes speakers from the ICS together with national and international colleagues.

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Speakers: Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Anne McNiven, Joyce Liu

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Name: Elise Blight