Our symposia series looks to develop an account of postdigital intimacies in a time when divisions between public and private life have been eroded. It draws together speakers whose vital research addresses this from different dimensions, with important implications for how we make sense of relationalities.

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(Post)digital Data and Health

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Today, the body’s intimate functions, including sleep, sex, menstruation, pregnancy and giving birth, and our mental health and wellbeing, can be digitized. Relationalities are forged, including our more-than-human intimacies with technology.

This symposium will explore how the conjoining of data, health and the experience of our bodies shapes how we feel, including the new “moral-intimate-economic” fantasies incorporated into self-monitoring, tracking and online digital health technologies. Speakers will share research that demonstrates the extended postdigital body, as well as how these relationalities reproduce social inequalities, limiting what the body can do and how we feel connected to others.

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Fading divides between public and private are captured by new ways of working. Public lives become increasingly intimate, and conversely, private, intimate time is opened up as the space for self-branding, promotion and aspirational self-images.

The talks in this symposium are focused on new forms of ‘net-working’, influence, emotional labour, and the attention economy of networked digital publics. The speakers in this event will reflect on how the public-private is by new industries and corporations embodied by tech giants and new media conglomerates, as well as how these practices inform intimate relationships and connectivities.

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Influential Net-works

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Public-Private Art, Activism, Archivism


Postdigital intimacies perform a folding public and private, shaping art and new ways of collectivising and archiving. What are the creative potentials of postdigital intimacies?

Our symposia series ends with an affirmative approach to new imaginaries of intimacy through creative theory and practice. The speakers will reflect on how we can represent, experience and act in the world differently through their own creative practice, covering art, activism and the archive. Their work reflects the way creative practice also locates the blurring of public and private as both present, future and past, when the personal is (and always has been) political.

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