Hey AFers and ADAers,
We're running a small, single-day retreat in Tāmaki Makaurau for those
working around digital cultures.
See below for more details and to apply. Happy to field any questions.
If you can't make it yourself, it'd be great if you could share on your
social networks and forward to those who you think might be interested.
The Digital Culture Institute’s Autumn Workshop is a single day retreat,
allowing participants to meet, discuss, and develop their work in a focused
but relaxed setting. Drawing on both readings of each participant’s work
and an informal presentation, the morning session will allow participants
to receive input on their specific projects. In the afternoon, participants
will turn to the question of method. From fake news and automation to the
anxieties of social media, the rise of online gaming and the pervasiveness
of algorithmic governance, digital cultures increasingly shape the contours
of everyday life. And yet these objects of study can often be difficult to
access or even to clearly demarcate, frustrating traditional means of
investigation and analysis. What kinds of limits do these methods
encounter? And how might we invent a new set of methods native to digital
cultures that could better reveal their novel conditions? These questions
are key, and yet in Aotearoa, work on digital cultures often falls between
disciplinary edges. Though interdisciplinary, the workshop thus seeks to
bring together a group around a set of shared concerns or challenges,
supporting critical discussion in a casual atmosphere.
When: The workshop will run from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday, March 23. We ask
that participants commit to staying for the entire day. A nominal fee from
participants covers the cost of coffee, tea and a vegetarian friendly
Where: The workshop will take place on a tranquil hobby farm/lifestyle
block in Dairy Flat, about a half hour drive or 45 minute bus ride from
central Auckland. Directions will be provided and pickup from the nearby
Hibiscus Coast Station for bus travellers can be arranged.
Who: The workshop will be facilitated by Luke Munn, director of the Digital
Cultures Institute, though much of the input will come from participants
themselves. In bringing together a diverse array of students and scholars
across Tāmaki Makaurau, the workshop aims to connect those working in the
digital cultures space.
Applying: Limited places are available, and at this first event, we
particularly welcome emerging researchers interested in ongoing dialogue
around digital cultures. To apply, please send an email to
dcult(a)dcult.org.nz with an abstract or summary of your current research
project, a short bio about yourself, and a brief paragraph as to how the
workshop would benefit your work.
For more on the Digital Cultures Institute, visit our website at