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Are your eyeballs truly yours? What do you focus on in the 24-hour news cycle, interspersed with the constant flow of social media? Is your phone always on? Do you have too many emails to answer, too many requests to follow up, too many demands placed on your time? How do you tune out the noise? Are you paying enough attention?

Join King's researchers for a series of short ‘lightning’ talks, presented from a variety of scholarly disciplines: from literature, philosophy, education and digital humanities through to psychology, neuroscience, politics and business. Be part of the mapping of the new field of Attention Studies, in which academic research meets a wider socio-ethical obligation to figure out what it means to live well – with and through technology.

This event is organised by the Centre for Attention Studies, which is part of the Digital Futures Institute at King's College London.

The talks, chaired by Professor Joanna Zylinska, will be followed by a discussion and a reception.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Clare Carlyle Tresch (Theology and Religious Studies)
  • Dr Michael Collins (English)
  • Professor Steven Connor (Digital Futures Institute)
  • Professor Patrick Ffrench (Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
  • Professor Colette Hirsch (Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience)
  • Professor Dirk vom Lehn (Business School)
  • Professor Paul McDonald (Media, Culture and Creative Industries)
  • Professor Mark Pennington (Political Economy)
  • Dr Oliver Runswick (Psychology)
  • Dr Nick Srnicek (Digital Humanities)
  • Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
  • Dr Mira Vogel (Education)
  • Dr Feng Zhu (Digital Humanities)


  • 2-2.10pm: Welcome and introduction to Attention Studies at KCL
  • 2.10-4pm: Lightning talks on attention from a variety of disciplines and positions
  • 4-5pm: Reception: networking and follow-up conversations

Booking information

This seminar is free and open to all, but places need to be reserved. If you book a ticket but find you are unable to come to the event, please kindly cancel your booking.

This event is wheelchair accessible. This event may be filmed and photographed, by attending you consent to appearing in any footage or stills of the event. To inform the organiser of any access requirements, please email

Event details

King's Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS