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Professor Jill Walker Rettberg, University of Bergen

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology - How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

20.10.2014 | Betina Ramm

1)

Workshop lunch meeting 11.00-13.00, 5335-295 Nygaard Møderum.

Please sign up with Lene Elsner: elsner@dac.au.dk no later than 31. Oct.

 

Seeing Ourselves As Researchers Through Technology

Before the lecture, Jill Walker will give a broader introduction to her work, discuss her topic and method of research in her new book and research in general, including how this relates to the questions in Digital Humanities and how she has used digital and social media.

 

 

2)

Open lecture: 14.00-16.00, Store Auditorium, INCUBA, Aabogade Aarhus N

 

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology - How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable

Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

 

ABSTRACT

In this presentation, Jill Walker Rettberg looks at technologically mediated self-representations in a variety of genres, from selfies, Facebook profiles, Tumblrs, automated diaries and the quantified self movement with its many forms of self-tracking. These modes of self-documentation are also "technologies of the self" in Foucault's sense: techniques we use to shape and discipline ourselves, both individually and as a society. Rettberg analyses today's vernacular self-documentation in the context of the history and theory of visual self-portraits and textual diaries, and as an important part of today's algorithmic culture, critiquing and playing with the "dataism" inherent that culture.

 

 

BIO

Jill Walker Rettberg is professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her new book "Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves" was published by Palgrave in 2014, and her book "Blogging" was published in a 2nd edition by Polity Press in 2014. She has also co-edited an anthology of critical writing on World of Warcraft (MIT Press 2008). In addition to work on electronic literature and social media, her recent work has also made use of digital methods to visualise network relationships in electronic literature.

 

Jill Walker's new book is published as open access: www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137476661

 

Organizers: The Humans and IT research program, The Digital Arts Initiative & The Literature Between Media research center