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ASG Human Memory in the Digital Age

Much of human interaction and communication increasingly takes place in a digital universe. The professional and personal lives of many people today include both offline and online elements. At work, computers constitute an essential tool; in private, the smartphone is an omnipresent device that connects one with family and friends, delivers entertainment and news and serves as planning tool and calendar – all activities that are part of the human memory-making.

The aim of this ASG is to explore the effects of digitalisation processes on human memory by creating a network of scholars interested in both memory and digital technologies. Multi-disciplinary in nature, this ASG provides an environment where scientists from several faculties at Lund University get together and exchange ideas and knowledge from their respective fields in order to answer the main objective of the group: How is human memory affected by the increased digitalized universe in which people unfold their professional and personal lives? By human memory we understand here the social representations of the past, at both the individual and collective levels. Ultimately, the proposed ASG will result in the creation of a network of scholars across several faculties at Lund University, who will be able to develop connections with like-minded researchers abroad and to formulate research questions that may form the basis for larger grant applications for both Swedish and international/European funds.

Preliminary Activities 

October 10, 2017 -  guest lecture

"Constructing reality: On how the brain constructs representations of the world around us and allows us to revisit the past and imagine the future"

Presentation by Professor Mikael Johansson, Department of Psychology, Lunds University.

November 14, 2017 - Video Conference Room

December 12, 2017 - Video Conference Room

9.30

"Cognitive consequences of linguistic diversity". Presentation by Professor Sven Strömqvist, General Linguistics and Language Learning, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University.

January 19, 2018 - Hörsalen, 9.30 - 12.00 

”Minne, kommunikation och teknik från urtid till nutid". Presentation av Seniorprofessor Peter Gärdenfors, Kognitionsvetenskap, Filosofiska institutionen, Lunds universitet.

January 30, 2018 – Guest Lecture - Lecture Hall

Andrew Hoskins from the University of Glasgow on "Digital Memory Studies": https://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/ourstaff/andewhoskins/#/

“Digital Forgetting”

Abstract: 
This presentation offers forgetting as the defining mode of our relationship with the past, rather than as memory’s silent partner. The forgetting is treated holistically, as connected between individual, social and organisational domains; Furthermore, the presentation takes digital media as the principal shaper of how and why individuals, societies and organisations forget, and considers new interdisciplinary ways in which forgetting can be represented and understood.
Hoskins’ approach is founded in treating forgetting – its worth and possibility – as a conundrum. Forgetting must be avoided yet it is easy, it is essential yet impossible. It is precisely because there is an excess of the past made present -  societies have become increasingly swamped in connectivities and cultures of remembrance and haunted by all of the digital traces of self – that forgetting becomes urgent. The past seems bloated and yet our algorithmic present seems impossible to capture and preserve for use in the future. 
Hoskins takes as the heart of this conundrum digital infrastructures and cultures of ‘participation’ fostering of new and unpredictable entanglements between humans, and between humans and machines, ushering in paradoxical challenges of both forgetting and not being forgotten.  
 
Andrew Hoskins is Interdisciplinary Research Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, UK. His latest books are: (Ed) Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition (Routledge 2017) and (with John Tulloch): Risk and Hyperconnectivity: Media and Memories of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press 2016). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Sage journal of Memory Studies and founding Co-Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series Memory Studies. His current project is ‘Memory in the Head and in the Wild: Interdisciplinarity in Memory Studies’ with Amanda Barnier: https://memorywild.com/about/.

Twitter: @andrewhoskins 

February13, 2018 - Video Conference Room

Martin Ingvar from Karolinska Institutet: http://ki.se/en/people/maring

March 13, 2018 - Video Conference Room

Anna and Åse

April 10, 2018 - Video Conference Room, Obs! 15.15 - 17.00

Anna Reading from King's College in London: https://kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/cmci/people/academic/index.aspx

May 8, 2018 - Video Conference Room

Ulf and Aureljia

June 12, 2018 – Symposium - Hörsalen

 

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Coordinator)

Professor, East & Central European Studies and European Studies 
The faculties of humanities and theology, Lund University 
Barbara [dot] tornquist-plewa [at] slav [dot] lu [dot] se
046 222 8379
http://www.sol.lu.se/en/person/BarbaraTornquistPlewa/

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten  (Coordinator)

Senior Lecturer, East & Central European Studies and European Studies
The faculties of humanities and theology, Lund University
Anamaria [dot] dutceac_segesten [at] eu [dot] lu [dot] se
046 222 8821
http://www.sol.lu.se/en/person/AnamariaDutceacSegesten/


Anna Cabak Rédei
Erik J. Olsson
Jacek Malec
Ulf Maunsbach Eleonora Narvselius
Stephan Schaefer
Sverker Sikström
Svetlana L`Nyavskiy
Ylva von Gerber
Åse Innes-Ker


 

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