(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, Building 80, Level 2, Room 3
453 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC
The Digital Ethnography Research Centre Cinema proudly presents a screening of Maria Stratford’s film - presented as part of her recently accepted PhD submission. Maria Stratford’s documentary is a subject that [...]
The Digital Ethnography Research Centre Cinema proudly presents a screening of Maria Stratford’s film – presented as part of her recently accepted PhD submission.
Maria Stratford’s documentary is a subject that has been part of her personal and professional life for nearly four decades – the Rastafari movement and the issue of repatriation to Africa. The documentary film, which forms part of Maria’s PhD, Rastas’ Journey ‘Home’ explores the success or otherwise of the act of repatriation of Rastafari to Africa, specifically in this instance, to Ethiopia. The film includes interludes of still photographs accompanied by reggae music that celebrates the issues of repatriation (going home), Africa, Rastafari and Ethiopia, as well as candid interviews with Rastafari who have made the journey to Ethiopia and now call it ‘home’. Maria is currently working on another documentary film, which will be shot in Jamaica called Priest Isaiah.
Dr Maria Stratfordworked in the film industry as a stills photographer and documentary filmmaker for 17 years and has produced a reggae music radio show (3CR Community Radio) for 15 years in Melbourne. Over the past eight years Maria has been teaching in the School of Media and Communication in a variety of programs including Photography, Media, Journalism and Professional Communications.
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brunswick Street Bookstore
305 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC
Following on from the public symposium held in 2016, this book interrogates how new digital-visual techniques and technologies are being used in emergent configurations of research and intervention. It discusses [...]
Following on from the public symposium held in 2016, this book interrogates how new digital-visual techniques and technologies are being used in emergent configurations of research and intervention. It discusses technological change and technological possibility; theoretical shifts toward processual paradigms; and a respectful ethics of responsibility. The contributors explore how new and evolving digital-visual technologies and techniques have been utilised in the development of research, and reflect on how such theory and practice might advance what is “knowable” in a world of smartphones, drones, and 360-degree cameras.
Edgar Gómez Cruz is Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University, Australia. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, ethnography, and photography.
Shanti Sumartojo is Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Center at the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia.
Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT University, Australia.
Adrian Dyer, Alison Young, Anthony McCosker, Paolo Favero, Bradley L Garrett, Ingrid Richardson, Jair Garcia, James Oliver, Larissa Hjorth, Lachlan MacDowell, William Balmford, Yolande Strengers, Melinda Hinkson
(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
RMIT University -Radio Theatre
Building 9, Level 1, Room 24, Bowen Lane, Melbourne
DERC Cinema presents Andrew Sully's documentary film 'The Spirits of Tasi Tolu ' (or Three Lakes in Tetum). The documentary The Spirits of Tasi Tolu, produced over several years in Timor-Leste, focuses [...]
DERC Cinema presents Andrew Sully’s documentary film ‘The Spirits of Tasi Tolu ‘ (or Three Lakes in Tetum).
The documentary The Spirits of Tasi Tolu, produced over several years in Timor-Leste, focuses on a specific location called Tasi Tolu (or Three Lakes in Tetum) on the Western edge of Dili. Tasi Tolu is allegedly the site of a series of extrajudicial executions and clandestine burials of independence activists by Indonesian security forces between 1975 and 1999: the period of Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. Currently a Singaporian developer has plans to build a hotel and golf resort complex, called Pelican Paradise, in Tasi Tolu. This development will bring investment and employment opportunities but will displace thousands of residents who depend on the lakes, and the land around it, for their livelihood. With a concern about the claims of human remains in Tasi Tolu, the East Timorese government commissioned an international forensic team to investigate the area prior to the commencement of the development.
Within the framework of these events the film presents the testimony of a number of residents of Tasi Tolu, the ongoing forensic investigation and the landscape itself as part of a broader dialogue about memory and genocide, empirical evidence and local memory practices, and place as focal points for overlapping and competing notions of community, identity and nationhood.
Andrew Sully is an award-winning filmmaker working in both drama and documentary. Recently he completed a PhD at Macquarie University in the department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies. In 2015 he directed Bespoke, an innovative three-part series for ABC TV about the global Maker movement. Before that he wrote and directed Devil Island, a six-part natural history series for ABC TV, ITV and France 5. In 2009 he made the documentary Anatomy of a Massacre for ABC TV about a forensic investigation in East Timor to find the missing protestors from the 1991 Santa Cruz Massacre. He also made Feral Peril for ABC TV, an ecological detective story about the threat of introduced feral carnivores in Tasmania. It won three awards at the 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana, USA. His short films have won an ATOM award, Best Film at the St Kilda Film Festival and the Critic Prize at the Poitiers Film Festival. Recently he directed an EU-funded 20-part drama series in Timor-Leste. He is currently producing and directing a one-hour Catalyst special for ABC TV about twins.
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RMIT University - Council Chamber
(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
In this half-day symposium we invite members of the Digital Data and Society consortium to propose and present papers that connect to the theme of Digital Data and Automated [...]
In this half-day symposium we invite members of the Digital Data and Society consortium to propose and present papers that connect to the theme of Digital Data and Automated Futures.
Digital data is an increasingly embedded element of everyday life as sensor technologies, self-tracking devices, institutional metrics, and forms of resistance to these become part of the configurations through which we live. Simultaneously automated features of technologies, are creating new possibilities for institutional, regulatory, user and activist engagements with data (eg through smartphone apps, cars with AD features, drones, forms of AI assistants).
This raises a series of questions relating to existing data and automated technologies are being used in everyday life contexts and the implications of this is for our more immediate and imagined futures.
This symposium seeks to scope out some of these issues, specifically from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. It calls for an interrogation of the relationship between digital data and automation, the technological possibilities they create, the contingencies and forms of improvisation through which they are lived out, and a position about how we might intervene towards creating responsible and ethical automated data futures.
The day will finish with an early evening lecture presented by Evelyn Ruppert.
Presentation timings TBC in October.
(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
RMIT University - Council Chamber
(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Automation depends on multiple practices that seek to mediate and smooth out the differences, contingencies and frictions within and between datasets. Data thus exist ‘in potentia’, as possibilities that can [...]
Automation depends on multiple practices that seek to mediate and smooth out the differences, contingencies and frictions within and between datasets. Data thus exist ‘in potentia’, as possibilities that can only be realized through practices that make them ready for combination, computation and interpretation. Myriad rules, procedures, and routines organize and structure these practices, which are made explicit in documentation called metadata, or ‘data about data.’ The premise of metadata is that by making practices explicit and transparent, accountability for and trust in data can be secured. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted across several national and international government statistical offices, I explore how metadata legitimize practices that make data usable and powerful and serve as vital infrastructures in the crafting of automation.
Evelyn Ruppert is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studies how digital technologies and the data they generate can powerfully shape and have consequences for how people are known and governed. Her research attends to how digital technologies and data are also changing how people understand themselves as political subjects, that is, citizens with rights to speech, access, and privacy. How citizens make claims to such digital rights through what they say and what they do through digital technologies are key questions that she addresses. Evelyn is PI of an ERC funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19). She is Founding and Editor of the SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society. Recent books are Being Digital Citizens (co-authored with Engin Isin) published in April 2015 (RLI International) and Modes of Knowing (co-edited with John Law) published in August 2016 (Mattering Press).
(Thursday) 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, Building 80, Level 2, Room 007
455 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC
The Design for Wellbeing network will host its first public symposium focusing on the gaps in how health care settings are designed. The Design for Wellbeing Network is a international [...]
The Design for Wellbeing network will host its first public symposium focusing on the gaps in how health care settings are designed.
The Design for Wellbeing Network is a international and interdisciplinary group of researchers who work across architecture, design, health technologies and social science. Focusing specifically on hospitals and other formal healthcare settings, the network aims to improve the understanding of how people experience these services and environments, and to work towards improvements in these experiences through rigorous qualitative and practice-based research.
About the symposium
The first public symposium will bring together academics and healthcare professionals to discuss future possibilities for healthcare design. Over the course of half a day, the symposium will showcase several research projects that interrogate design for wellbeing. At the end of the day, health care industry professionals will present some of their best practice projects. To conclude the day we will invite all attendees to discuss – What are the gaps in healthcare design?
This event has been made possible through the CDF for Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capabilities Platform at RMIT University.
Speaker List –to be announced
*Exact time of symposium to be announced.
For more information go to: http://digital-ethnography.com/
Transport and access
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit thePublic Transport Victoriawebsite for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.