Who are we online? On the ‘Digital Subject’** and online personhood - 14 November 2019
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When accessing online services, our subjectivity becomes a mediated construct. A panel with Patrick Ffrench, Olga Goriunova and Scott Wark.
About this Event
What exactly is happening to our subjectivity when it moves online? While we have come to value the rights of a subject regarding its data and understand that the storage of personal data needs to be regulated, a more philosophical understanding of the digital subject’ had long been lacking. Recent publications by Olga Goriunova (Royal Holloway) introducing the concept of a ‘digital subject’ now close this gap.
Taking up the question of online personhood, this panel will start with exploring some of the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of 'the subject' and the 'person' (Patrick ffrench, KCL) to turn from there to ‘the Digital Subject’ (Olga Goriunova, Royal Holloway), and further on to the subject of personalising techniques (Scott Wark, Warwick). What happens to the idea of personhood, when digital hybridity is the de facto mode of contemporary existence? In what way is Goriunova’s ‘digital subject', which comes into being when going online, linked to us? Or, as she suggests, it is instead marked by a profound disconnection?
This event is part of an ongoing seminar series on "critical inquiry with and about the digital" hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. If you tweet about the event you can use the #kingsdh hashtag or mention @kingsdh. If you'd like to get notifications of future events you can sign up to this mailing list.
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14 November 2019