Connecting or Excluding? New Technologies & Connected Communities

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This event will explore how digital technologies and infrastructure help enable innovative co-creation and co-research with communities and can build new communities of learning, shared knowledge and creativity.

The event contributors include researchers, community groups and representatives, artists, and commercial partners who have worked with the Digital Transformations and/or Connected Communities Themes over the course of their development.

The two-day event will include a range of activities including talks, presentations, workshops, performances, networking and exhibition elements.

Wednesday 26th September 2.00pm-8pm

The Lighthouse (Conference Suite)
11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Keynote speakers:

Helen Manchester (University of Bristol)

Giovanna Fassetta & Esa Aldeghei (University of Glasgow)

Nighat Dad (Digital Rights Foundation)

The Roundtable Session:

How do we use the digital to support new forms of collaboration and co-creation and to create more inclusive forums of knowledge production?

Speakers will include: Keri Facer (University of Bristol);
Jon Rogers (Mozilla Foundation); Richard Clay (Newcastle University); Ming Lim (University of Liverpool Management School); Karen Salt (University of Nottingham); Gary Christie (Scottish Refugee Council).


Short screening of films created as part of the AHRC-funded Life:Moving project, a collaboration between researchers at the University of Birmingham and the John Taylor Hospice. Films produced by project participants with support from Michele Aaron and Briony Campbell.

Book Series Launch:

The Connected Communities Theme will launch the Foundation Series, 8 reviews exploring the different theoretical and methodological foundations of collaborative research. The reviews will be available to view at the event and download online afterwards.

Thursday 27th September 9.30am-6pm

St Luke’s (Main Hall)
17 Bain Street, Glasgow, G40 2JZ

Decolonising the Digital:

How far and in what ways is our digital world reinforcing existing elites and hierarchies? How far is it a potential vehicle for change and resistance?

Speakers will include:
Natalia Cecire (University of Sussex); Nelson Mundell (University of Glasgow); Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex); Kelly Foster (AfroCROWD UK).

Disability, Illness & the Digital:

How can digital environments help us to reconceptualise disability, illness and accessibility? How can processes of co-creation prioritise the experiences and insights of people with illnesses and/or disabilities?

Speakers will include: Michele Aaron (University of Warwick); Martin Levinson (Bath Spa University); Jayne Wallace (Northumbria University).

Community Connectivities:

How can digital environments promote co-creation and collaborative methods in research and what represents best practice? What have we learnt from trying to build connected communities?

Speakers will include:
Hannah Wright (Glasgow Women’s Library); Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling); Mike Wilson (Loughborough University).


How are digital environments fostering the re-evaluation of the nature of the archive and encouraging different communities to create new types of archive? How can creating archives challenge existing power structures and enhance community identity?

Speakers will include:
Rebecca Kahn (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society); Simon Popple (University of Leeds); Niamh Moore (University of Edinburgh)

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