When algorithms make decisions, is there any room for discretion? Is new media technology making democratic politics impossible? What are the implications for the information explosion unleashed by large corporations such as Google? How has social life been transformed by new media technologies? What transformations have emerged in art and performative cultures with the impact of interactive media technologies? How has our understanding of the ‘human’ been transformed by advances in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence? Humanities Informatics is emerging as a new field in response to these issues.  

In June 2018, the Humanities Informatics Lab at UVA hosted the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes annual meeting on this theme. Scholars from universities across the globe gathered to discuss the ubiquity of data in our lives and showcase the power of the humanities to address urgent questions about the 'human' in our information age. You can find podcasts of the lectures here.


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