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
- 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
- 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?
Jennifer Gabrys: Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University
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.
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