Denmark, Aarhus

Digital Living: Identities and Complexities

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 552

In this course, participants will explore the topic of digital living by reading and discussing key issues, concepts, and theories of identity in digital contexts. Attitudes about social media and the forms of social life that emerge with them range from enthusiastic to suspicious. Scholars discuss the issues in different ways. On the one hand, we benefit greatly from our connection to technologies. People can experiment with new personae, new social communities. We have access to more information than ever before, which allows us to acquire more in-depth knowledge, if we seek it out. On the other hand, the “always on” state of the mobile internet (smart phones, e.g.) plus the rise of social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter, e.g.) prompts many critiques. Are we better off? What happens when our everyday activities via the internet are under surveillance? How do the algorithms of Google influence what we are exposed to? The course will take up these questions and issues. Students will read contributions from internationally leading scholars in order to investigate ‘digital living’ and the opportunities and challenges that come with social media and the internet.

Course leader

Katrin Tiidenberg
Adrienne Massanari

Target group

Humanities Students

Course aim

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 552: Danish and EU/EØS (tomplads): 552 EUR
EUR 1550: NON-EU-EØS students (free-mover): 1550 EUR