From Media to Materialities. Mapping the afterlife of digital technologies

The conference From Media to Materialities. Mapping the afterlife of digital technologies (funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences) will take place in HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, May 20-21, 2015.

The conference draws on environmental humanities, media archeology and digital humanities. It will gather around thirty researchers within the humanities and social sciences who all study different implications of e-waste.
The aim is to 1) critically discuss e-waste, the afterlife of digital technologies and their environmental impacts, and 2) through this, contribute to reinforcing and developing environmental humanities in relation to e-waste.

Questions to be discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • How to understand e-waste as a socio-material occurrence?
  • In which ways do media representations of electrical and electronic products matter for our understanding of e-waste?
  • How is value formulated and reformulated in relation to e-waste?
  • How is e-waste object of transference, in terms of import and export, but also in terms of reuse, charity and stockpiling in households? How to map these acts of transference?
  • How to develop methodologies and theories that create new understandings of e-waste?

Keynotes:
Jennifer Gabrys: Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Kristoffer Gansing: konstnärlig ledare på Transmediale
Jon Raundalen: Institutt for kunst- og medievitenskap, Norges tekniske-naturvitenskaplige universitet (NTNU)

The conference will create a forum for new collaborations, expand on emerging research networks, and increase the points of connections between different academic disciplines.

For more information, please contact: jennie.olofsson@humlab.umu.se