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Humanist Archives: Dec. 9, 2021, 8:12 a.m. Humanist 35.394 - events: Quitting Digital Culture

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 394.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2021-12-09 07:32:13+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Quitting Digital Culture - a talk this Thursday

Quitting Digital Culture: Rethinking Agency in a Beyond-Choice Ontology
Zeena Feldman (King’s College London)

Thursday, 9 December at 15:00-16:30 GMT (10:00-11.30am EST)
The event is free but registration is required. Sign-up at [A Zoom link will be sent on 

About the talk:

Life in the UK has reached peak digital. Social media and smartphones are
everywhere. Such pervasive connectivity may have its benefits but it also has no
shortage of critics. Yet beyond pure condemnation (or celebration), how can we
make sense of the mediated, always-on lives many of us lead? And how can we 
understand the varied practices of digital disconnection that operate within this 
technosocial moment of hyperconnectivity? 

This talk analyses connection and disconnection together and in relation in order 
to more fully understand the paradoxes and ambivalences of today’s connectivity 
culture. Empirically, it is grounded in findings from my Quitting Social Media 
project: a three-year, mixed-methods exploration of how people in the UK and further 
afield have navigated this historical moment of social media and smartphone hegemony.
What emerges is a practically and affectively complex portrait of life with the
digital, which I argue necessitates a radical rethinking of ‘choice’ and

About the speaker:

Zeena Feldman is Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture in the Department of
Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where she runs the Quitting Social
Media project. Her interdisciplinary research examines the relationship between
digital technologies and everyday life. She has published widely, including on
the sharing economy, online communities, queer visual culture, digital detox and
mental health apps. She is co-editor, with Deborah Lupton, of Digital Food
Cultures (Routledge, 2020) and editor of Art & the Politics of Visibility.

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