We are excited to be able to confirm Dr Carolyn Pedwell (University of Kent) as keynote speaker.

Carolyn Pedwell – keynote speaker 

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Dr Carolyn Pedwell, University of Kent

Carolyn is Reader (Associate Professor) in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent, where she is Head of Cultural Studies and Media. Carolyn has been Visiting Fellow at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney; the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London; and the Gender Institute, London School of Economics.  She is the author of Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice (Routledge, 2010). Her new book, Transforming Habit: Revolution, Routine and Social Change, is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Carolyn is also an Editor of Feminist Theory journal.

You can read more about Carolyn’s work here.

Digital Tendencies: Intuition, Algorithmic Thought and New Social Movements

Via new digital, smart and algorithmic technologies, ‘the human’ is being fundamentally re-mediated.  For some, this is problematic: digitally colonised by capitalism at the level of affect, gesture and habit, it is argued, we are now increasingly politically disaffected.  There are also, however, more hopeful visions: Michel Serres (2015), for example, argues that, in delegating habits of mental processing and synthesising to digital technologies, we have cleared cognitive space for a more ‘intuitive’ mode of being-in-the-world.  While there is no necessary link between intuition and progressive socio-political transformation, there are, this paper will argue, significant resonances between the ‘intuitive digital subjects’ that Serres imagines and the logics and sensibilities of new social movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter.  Vitally enabled by digital technologies, these activisms combine a tendency to oppose oppression with a capacity to sense change as it is happening and thus remain radically open to alternative futures.