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The Self in the Digital World

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 2 – 5pm

The Self in the Digital World

"The Self in the Digital World" is the second of five seminars in this year’s Identities in Transformation postgraduate seminar series.

This session explores the impact and influence of digital environment(s) on the understanding, formation, expression and practice of identity and the self. Online interactions and affiliations are of increasing importance, as social outlets and community affiliation influence in the function of our digital apps and technology. Online “selves” are often assumed to be distinct and genuine reflections of “real” identity. However, feedback between digital technologies, our internalised identities, and digital “selves” often belies our assumptions of neutrality and individualism that underpin the digital identities we perform and interact with.

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The panel will examine some of the possibilities, problems, and peculiarities that surround our digital “selves” from across a variety of disciplines. The seminar is led by five postgraduate students: Gráinne Maedhbh Nic Lochlainn (School of Geography), Halila Bayramova (School of English), Simona-Maria Ignat (School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences), Katherine Ryan (School of Creative Arts), and Freya Stokes (School of English). We are also delighted to be joined by Dr Jennifer Edmond (Director of Strategic Projects, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences) and Professor Matthew Causey (Professor in Drama, Head of School - Creative Arts), who will be discussing how their own work relates to the concept of the self in the digital world.

We invite you to join us for this interdisciplinary event exploring a range of topics, including fake profiles and how to identify them, online community and collective debate and expressions of online group affiliation. Members of the public are welcome, as are member of the postgraduate community, and staff across departments and disciplines.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Courses, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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