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2019 Michigan Meeting: Living a Digital Life: Objects, Environments, Power

LIVING A DIGITAL LIFE: OBJECTS, ENVIRONMENTS, POWER
2019 Michigan Meeting

Everyone thinks they know what digital means. So pervasive are digital technologies in the 21st century that it is difficult to find critical distance from this immersive new world of ubiquitous connectivity, social media feeds, smartphones, mobile apps, responsive design, algorithmic recommendation systems, and voice-controlled home shopping assistants. While the question “what is the digital?” is compelling, the more pressing question might be instead: what does it mean to be alive in the digital age?

Across campus, this question will emerge in courses, colloquia, lectures, and informal conversations among students, faculty, staff, and peers. Critically engaging with the big issues, urgent consequences, and radical possibilities for grappling with the meaning of life in this era of digital ubiquity. Whether defined as “animated corporeal existence,” “vitality,” or “to continue, to remain,” we see a profound opportunity to approach the digital world through a spectrum of the meaning of life-ness - alive, liveness, animated, lifelike, life-adjacent, consciousness, awareness, attention, awoke.

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Keynote Speakers:

Adam Greenfield, Author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life and founder and managing director of Urbanscale
Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto

Schedule:

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019
10:00am-10:30am Opening Remarks
McLain Clutter, U-M Taubman College
Lisa Nakamura, U-M LSA American Culture; Director, U-M Digital Studies Institute

10:30am-12:00pm Session 01: Self
Sophia Brueckner, U-M Stamps School of Art & Design
Nicole Ellison, U-M School of Information
Mihaela Mihailova, U-M LSA Film, Television, and Media
Kathy Velikov, U-M Taubman College
Adam Fure (moderator), U-M Taubman College

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm Keynote: Sarah Sharma
University of Toronto McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology

2:30pm-3:00pm Coffee Break

3:00pm-4:30pm Session 02: Labor
Jerry Davis, U-M Ross School of Business
Silvia Lindtner, U-M School of Information / U-M Stamps School of Art and Design
Curtis Roth, The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture
Dan Taeyoung, Columbia GSAPP
Ellie Abrons, U-M Taubman College

4:30pm-6:00pm Session 03: Health
Andrew Ibrahim, Michigan Medicine / HOK Architects
Upali Nanda, U-M Taubman College / HKS
Ridhi Tariyal, NextGen Jane
Sarah Murray (moderator), U-M LSA Film, Television, and Media

6:00pm-8:00pm Cocktail Reception

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019
10:00am-11:30am Session 04: Speculation/Memory
Tiffany Funk, Video Games Art (VGA) Gallery
Osman Khan, U-M Stamps School of Art & Design
Meg Leta Jones, Georgetown University, Communication, Culture & Technology
Megan Sapnar Ankerson (moderator), U-M LSA Communication Studies

11:30am-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm Session 05: Environment
Mark Lindquist, U-M School for Environment and Sustainability
Nancy Love, U-M Civil and Environmental Engineering
Shannon Mattern, The New School for Social Research
Molly Wright Steenson, Carnegie Mellon School of Design
McLain Clutter (moderator), U-M Taubman College

2:30pm-3:00pm Coffee Break

3:00pm-4:30pm Session 06: Politics & Resistance
John Cheney-Lippold, U-M LSA American Culture
Vishnupriya Das, U-M LSA Communication Studies
Anna Watkins Fisher, U-M LSA American Culture
Justin Joque, U-M Library
Lisa Nakamura, U-M LSA American Culture / Director, U-M Digital Studies Institute
Ibiayi Briggs (moderator), U-M Taubman College

4:30pm-5:30pm Keynote: Adam Greenfield
Urbanscale / Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life

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The 2019 Michigan Meeting is co-organized by
Ellie Abrons, 
Assistant Professor of Architecture, U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Megan Sapnar Ankerson, Associate Professor of Communication, U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
McLain Clutter, Associate Professor of Architecture and Interim Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Paul Conway, Associate Professor of Information, U-M School of Information
Adam Fure, Assistant Professor of Architecture, U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Sarah Murray, Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media, U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture, U-M College of Literature, Science, and Arts; Director, U-M Digital Studies Institute