Everyone thinks they know what digital means. Digital technologies are so pervasive in the 21st century that it is difficult to find critical distance from the immersive new world of ubiquitous connectivity, social media feeds, smartphones, mobile apps, responsive design, algorithmic recommendation systems, and voice-controlled home shopping assistants. While the question “what is the digital?” is compelling, the more pressing question might instead be: What does it mean to be alive in the digital age? The 2019 Michigan Meeting, “Living a Digital Life: Objects, Environments, Power,” brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, staff, and industry leaders, in order to critically engage the big issues, urgent consequences, and radical possibilities for grappling with the meaning of life in this era of digital ubiquity.
THURSDAY, MAY 09, 2019
10:00–10:30 AM Opening Remarks
10:30–12:00 PM Session 01: (Digital) Self
How might an investigation of the historical/ legal context of personhood help us better understand how we extend ourselves through AI, personal digital assistants, and network logics?
12:00–01:30 PM Lunch
01:30–02:30 PM Keynote: Sarah Sharma
Associate Professor, University of Toronto and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
02:30-03:00 PM Coffee Break
03:00–04:30 PM Session 02: (Digital) Environments
What are our digital spaces and infrastructures and how do we interact in this virtual and physical field?
04:30-06:00 PM Session 03: (Digital) Health
How is health constantly tracked, recorded, and mediated by personal devices, contort our relationship to our bodies?
06:00-08:00 PM Reception
During lunch and coffee breaks, attendants can enjoy demonstrations from local organizations, showcasing digital installations, virtual reality environments, and more.
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019
10:00–11:30 AM Session 04: (Digital) Politics + Resistance
Who matters online? How do the politics of race and power play out on our digital platforms?
11:30–01:00 PM Lunch
01:00–02:30 PM Session 05: (Digital) Labor
How can we reconcile automation and Human-Computer Interaction in the sharing economy?
02:30-03:00 PM Coffee Break
03:00–04:30 PM Session 06: (Digital) Speculation/Memory
How do we memorialize with technology whose data never seems to let us forget?
04:30-05:30 PM Keynote: Adam Greenfield
Author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life.
Shannon Mattern, The New School
Rihdi Tariyal, Founder, NextGen Jane
Molly Wright Steenson, Carnegie Mellon University
Jerry Davis, Ross School of Business, UM
Nicole Ellison, School of Information, UM
Andrew Ibrahim, Staff Surgeon, UM and Chief Medical Officer at HOK
Mark Lindquist, School of Information, UM
Sarah Murray, LSA, UM
Upali Nanda, TCAUP, UM
Megan Sapnar Ankerson, LSA, UM
Kathy Velikov, TCAUP, UM
Anna Watkins Fisher, LSA, UM