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Human Perception in the Digital Age, 4 June 2019

A one-day research sandpit is being held on 4 June 2019 for Eastern ARC scholars with an interest in human perception and the changing nature of human engagement with the world in the digital age.

04 June 2019

The sandpit aims to develop ideas for large, cross-institutional bids in response to upcoming calls from UKRI, AHRC, GCRF and other funding bodies related to the key areas of: Digital Economy, Audiences of the Future, and Creative Industry Clusters. It will be taking place at the Senate House (London) and focusing on the theme of human perception in the digital age to be well aligned with multiple funding schemes.

Hoping to attract researchers from a range of disciplines – representing different approaches, methodologies and theoretical interests – a number of angles are possible within the general theme of human perception in a digital world. For example, scholars studying human perception must confront the question of whether perception is historically contingent, and thus shaped by social, cultural, and political forces at a specific place and time, and/or “hardwired,” and thereby transcendent of place and space. A different direction might be to ask how individuals navigate the world differently as various aspects of our experiences are increasingly determined by algorithms.

The sandpit will be divided into three parts, starting with a series of short presentations from individual scholars about specific approaches they have adopted in their own work. This will be followed by a brainstorming session, led by a professional facilitator, about possible approaches to the previously identified key research areas. Building on this discussion, there will then be breakout groups outlining their strategy for the bid, deliberating any questions and next steps.

In addition to harnessing the strengths of different scholars from Eastern ARC institutions, the event also hopes to start a conversation about possible future collaborations with industrial partners.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please contact Michael Tymkiw (email: ).