RMeS Summer School 2019: Algorithmic Culture and Digital Literacy
When? 17, 18 & 19 June 2019
Where? University of Groningen
For? PhD Candidates and RMa Students
ECTS? 2 ECTS / 5 ECTS
Organizers? Dr Rik Smit, Prof. Dr Marcel Broersma, Kim Smeenk, M.A.
Whether we watch films and TV series on Netflix, listen to music on Spotify, track our jogs on Runkeeper, or search for the best place to spend a weekend on Tripadvisor, our daily practices and experiences are mediated by algorithmic processes and interfaces. Moreover, we inhabit Smart Cities, carry around Smartphones, and live in Smart Homes. These technologies might make our lives more efficient and convenient, but they are also devices that gather data about ourselves and our relations to others, to be analyzed by (often) obscure procedures and parties. They bring about new digital divides between those who can access, read and use this data and those who cannot. Moreover, people require an extensive skill set and the literacy to navigate, interpret, resist, and appropriate this algorithmic culture.
Focusing on emerging dynamics between algorithmic power, knowledge, imaginaries, and access, this Summer School offers a variety of methods and theories on how to study such an Algorithmic Culture and the Digital Literary to live in it.