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(Digital) Space/Place/Identity within Interdisciplinary Research

September 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Event: (Digital) Space/Place/Identity within Interdisciplinary Research: A one-day Workshop
  • Date: Thursday 5 September 2019, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Venue:  Horizon CDT, Computer Science Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG8 1BB.
  • Registration link: https://dspi-sept2019.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Cost – Free to attend (includes refreshments and buffet lunch, unfortunately no travel/accommodation funding available).


This one-day workshop seeks to investigate the concepts of “space”, “place” and “identity”: How they are being defined, used, contested and reappropriated through digital technology.

Physical and virtual spaces and places are almost exclusively mediated through technology owned by governmental and commercial entities — often in a very centralised, private manner (Moss, 2002; VonTunzelmann 2003). This proliferation of privately-owned public space/place (Németh et al., 2011) creates
a scarcity of spaces free of implicit and/or explicit control: This circumstance leads to an un-critical perpetuation of structures that underlie those governmental and commercial forces. Lived experiences are at risk to be homogenised and normalised. This is increasingly relevant in a technologically driven world: As demonstrated by Conway’s law which states that the social structures of companies often result in software that echoes them (MacCormack et al., 2012). By proxy how we organise and interact in existing places may influence how we create new ones.

Identity is the way we view ourselves and how others view us (Giddens, 1991). It is reflexive, fluid and deeply situated in social and physical contexts, shaping our behaviour, relationships, and opportunities in the world and more (Falk, 2009). Therefore, identity is fundamental to the way we experience, understand
and interact with the world around us; the places we inhabit and the people with which we inhabit them. Examining the embedded imbalance of existing structures, their impact on the identity of inhabitants, and exploring the affordances of technology from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives, provides a way to understand potential futures for these three vital aspects of lived experience.

Workshop aims and objectives:

This workshop aims to explore the following questions:

  • How can we critique existing technologies and their effects on identity/space/place — especially if they introduce or reproduce uneven power relationships?
  • How can we investigate new technologies and their paradigms while being conscious of the status quo?

By doing so, we hope to encourage discussions centred around the affordances of technologies to enable people to experience and understand the importance of fair, mutual agency.

This workshop seeks to investigate alternatives to technosolutionist approaches and the perception of technology as “cold”, rational and objective. It also seeks to enable a collective, collaborative environment that allows for learning-by-doing. By establishing a long term connection between workshop attendees, we aim to encourage interdisciplinary, mutual knowledge exchange outside of more top-down-traditional channels and allow for the (un)usual, (un)common and (un)comfortable to inform our own understanding(s).

Our study space is accessible to all within and without academia, where active participation is encouraged, but not mandatory to take part. It is not restricted to only-textual non-fictional representations, but also allows for games, poetry, prose, interactive experiences, etc. to be used as exploratory tools, archived and shared as a collective.

Workshop Goals:
Our workshop is aiming to achieve three main goals:

Interdisciplinary collaboration: Bringing PhD students and Early Career Researchers together to form a collective for future, interdisciplinary endeavours (both academic and industry-oriented)
Forming a multiplicity of collective understandings of Space(s)/Place(s)/Identities: Ideating on the relationship of space, place and identity; informed by different domains, fields and
Design and project-led research: Formulate potential outputs, work towards creating, making, expressing new ideas within the study space.

Workshop structure and content:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Ice-breaker
  • Individual perceptions of space/place/identity
  • Exploration of the themes within the group
  • Conceptualisation of projects for study space
  • Lunch
  • The space so far…. overview of ideas
  • Getting others involved: How, who, what, why?
  • Next steps and future for the study space.

Target Group:

Everybody, regardless of academic background or technological skill level, is welcome to attend this workshop and the baseline is formed of mainly two ideas:
• Curiousity about exploring space/place/identity as interlinked concepts.
• Interest in challenging, deconstructing and investigating commonly found theories and practices within their own field.

Workshop Leaders:

Harriet ‘Alfie’ Cameron, Velvet Spors, Hanne Wagner, Luke Skarth-Hayley, Doctoral Researchers, based in the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training and Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.



September 5, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Digital Economy Network
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