Public event: Technology and the transformation of academia

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Digital technology has transformed society and the way we communicate, and the impact on traditional academic disciplines such as the humanities has been just as immense. How are traditional academic disciplines responding to the rise of digital technology, and embracing its potential to drive new ideas and partnerships with wider society? 

To discuss new opportunities for the arts, humanities and social sciences in the digital era, the University of Western Sydney is hosting the free public event (opens in a new window) 'Building Communities and Networks in the Humanities' at the UWS Parramatta campus on 29 June at 1pm.

Organised in conjunction with the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC), the event will see 20 leading experts from 10 countries gather to discuss how technology is reshaping the academy.

Pannellists will address key issues such as how to build communities for the humanities across digital and non-digital platforms, and how digital humanities can support arts and humanities scholarship regionally and globally.

The Head of the UWS Digital Humanities Research Group (opens in a new window) Professor Paul Arthur says the democratisation of knowledge has created a new generation of 'citizen academics', who contribute to the sum of human knowledge at staggering speed.

"How do the traditional academic disciplines respond to new technology, and should it be embraced to drive new ideas and partnerships with wider society?" asks Professor Arthur.

"In an age where top down communications have been replaced by grassroots participation, where does this place the academy, traditionally a source of knowledge beyond reproach?" 

Speakers at the public event include:

  • Neil Fraistat (Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) 
  • Masahiro Shimoda (Chair, Japanese Association for Digital Humanities / University of Tokyo)
  • Christina Parolin (Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities)
  • Steven Schwartz (Executive Director, CHASS)
  • Hyeongkwon Lee (Humanities Contents project) with translation by Kyungsook Suh, discussants Kumyoung Lee and Sea Jeong Kim (Chungnam National University, South Korea
  • Jieh Hsiang (Center for Digital Humanities Research, National Taiwan University)
  • Attie de Lange (Languages and Literature in the SA Context / North-west University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

This event is sponsored by the ACHRC with the support of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, centerNet, the International Digital Humanities Training Network, and the UWS Digital Humanities Research Group.

ACHRC is a network for groups engaged in Humanities-based research. Its aim is to connect Humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and internationally, to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community, and to advocate issues relevant to Humanities researchers.

This is a free, open and public event. No RSVP is required.


19 June 2015

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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