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25 September 2018

Digital illustration of a human figure being blown awayJust how the digital revolution is changing traditional fields of research and practice, such as the humanities, is the focus of the 2018 Australasian Association for Digital Humanities Conference being held at UniSA’s City West campus this week (September 25 - 28).

In everything from managing cultural museums and developing learning games, to connecting international scholars through advanced digital technologies, the conference is drawing on the expertise of 180 researchers and practitioners from around the country and the globe.

Academics from the digital humanities and creative industries fields will speak side-by-side with national and international delegates from the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums).

The conference will explore the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and how that is enhancing our ability to make connections between disciplines, sectors, countries and people.

It features five key presentations and an array of panels and workshops, examining the relationship between teaching, research, creation, exhibition and distribution in the digital age including keynotes by Australian thought leaders Dennis Del Favero (on AI), Jean Burgess (on social media) and Julian Thomas (on social inclusion).

A highlight of the conference is the free public lecture, Making Connections in a Digital World, presented by UK-based specialist in digital transformation, leadership, skills and inclusion, Rachel Neaman.

In the lecture, co-hosted by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Neaman will explore the way we will need to operate in a world transformed by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Neaman will also discuss issues such as fake news, cybercrime and the erosion of trust in the democratic process, in addition to society’s adaptability to grow and change along with technology.

The lecture will be presented on Thursday September 27 at 6pm in UniSA’s Allan Scott Auditorium, City West campus.

Other notable speakers include UniSA’s Karl Sellmann with his session on Ignite SA’s preserve challenge to digitally showcase the South Australian Museum’s Aboriginal Collection and UniSA’s Prof Susan Luckman and Australian Policy Online’s Penelope Aitken with their session on Adding Structural Value to Cultural Value.

In her keynote, Director of MOD., UniSA’s futuristic museum of discovery, which was launched in May, Dr Kristin Alford will present - Designing Research Experiences in the Technology Museum – looking at on the scope and purpose of the new facility.

UniSA’s Prof Denise Meredyth will explore Digital Humanities in the era of Linkage, Impact, Engagement and Innovation with a panel of speakers including Joanne Tompkins, Penelope Aitken, Kath Bode, Richard Maltby and Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

Hosted by UniSA, in partnership with eRSA, Flinders University and the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities, the conference is sponsored by Gale Cengage, AARNET and Aurin.

Register your attendance here.

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli mobile 0418 823 673 email michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au 



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