Over the last two weeks (2-19th Oct 2015) Dr. Helen Thornham has been leading a team of scholars in Mexico on a collaborative project entitled ‘Digital Culture and its Dis/Contents’. The visit to Mexico marks the first stage of a year-long collaboration between scholars in the UK and Mexico, co-funded by the British Academy and the EPSRC Communities and Culture Network+, which aims to explore the utility of ‘digital culture’ as a global concept and to investigate alternatives. The collaboration focuses on specific issues around digital cultures in both the UK and Mexico, in order to ask, through a reciprocal exchange that is underpinned by digital activities, what an investigation into the lived realities of digital culture reveals for the values inherent in digital connectivity as well as what interventions are possible for the future.
Some of the key themes discussed were participation and digital technologies, the politics of technologies and methods, the epistemology of digital culture and the im/possibility of action. The collaboration draws out the global connections through the sharing of expertise, knowledge and methodologies, to develop a shared but distinct critical approach. Alongside the academic meetings and events, UK scholars participated in a number of media appearances, for radio, University TV and local newspapers.
The project is enabled through collaboration between Dr. Helen Thornham (University of Leeds), Dr. Edgar Gómez Cruz (RMIT, Australia) and Dr. Raul Trejo Delarbo (National Autonomous University of Mexico). It comprises two events in Mexico (at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, 2-9 Oct 2015, and at ITESO, Guadalajara, 12-15th Oct 2015) and a reciprocal visit from Mexican scholars, in July 2016, to the University of Leeds.
List of Scholars:
Dr. Helen Thornham (University of Leeds)
Prof. Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex, UK)
Dr. Edgar Gómez Cruz (RMIT, Australia)
Emeritus Prof. Kevin Barnhurst (University of Chicago)
Dr. Nathanial Tkacz (CIMS, University of Warwick)
Mr. Tom Jackson (University of Leeds)
Prof. Raul Trejo Delarbe (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Dr. Dorismilda Flores Márquez, (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes)
Dr. Gladys Ortíz (Autonomous Metropolitan University)
Dr. María Elena Meneses, (ITESM, Santa Fe ́)
Dr. María de la Luz Garay (National Pedagogic University, Mexico City)
Dr. Delia Crovi (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Dr. Rebecca Padilla (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes)
Dr. María Magdalena López de Anda (ITESO)