Gaming the Global City: Imagining and Experiencing Digital Urban Worlds

By Carolyn Birdsall (Faculty of Humanities), Wouter van Gent (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), Thijs Jeursen (Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University). Digital gaming has become an increasingly important everyday pastime and a leading global cultural industry, with revenues for games now far surpassing that of films. Both the production and consumption of games…

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Global boss, local workers? How context influences food delivery riders’ relation to platforms (GLOBLOW)

By Davide Beraldo (Faculty of Humanities) and Letizia Chiappini (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences). This project explores dynamics within platform capitalism from the workers’ perspective, investigating a number of dimensions associated with workers’ relation towards the platform in a global comparative fashion. It focuses on the food delivery sector, investigating workers’ relation towards the…

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P(R)OTESTAS The politics and aesthetics of digital authoritarianism and protest in the Global South

By Julienne Weegels (Faculty of Humanities), Yatun Sastramidjaja (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), Luisa F. González Valencia (Faculty of Humanities). In this cross-regional research project, we critically examine the tension between digital democratization and securitization in the Global South, focusing on recent cases in Latin America (Nicaragua, Colombia) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand). Addressing…

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You can now watch the keynote discussion of our kick-off event, between Louise Amoore (Durham University) and Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam). In their conversation, Amoore and Milan discussed Amoore’s new book Cloud Ethics (Duke University Press) – which examines how algorithms transform society’s ethics and politics – and how it relates to Milan’s project…

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Digital Public Infrastructures

On September 23, we held the Online Seminar “Digital Public Infrastructures” with the participation of Jack Linchuan Qiu (University of Singapore), Seda Gürses, (TU Delft), and Geert-Jan Bogaerts (PublicSpaces). The event, chaired by Thomas Poell, looked into whether there is a need for digital public infrastructures. It asks: Which digital public services are needed and…

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GDC Webinar Series 2020

All invited! Digitization is transforming cultural practices around the world, from friendship, intimacy and sexual relations, to the construction, targeting, and surveillance of publics. Digital platforms and mobile apps have rapidly become central to the production, circulation, consumption, and monetization of culture. Global Digital Cultures critically explores these developments from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. These…

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Kick-off: Global Digital Cultures

All Welcome! On Friday, October 2, 2020, the University of Amsterdam will launch its new research priority area ‘Global Digital Cultures’ (GDC). Researchers and students from all faculties at the UvA, as well as non-UvA audiences with an interest in these topics, are warmly invited to this online event. There will be a keynote dialogue with Louise Amoore…

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The RPA invites seed grant proposals that focus on questions of global digital cultures.

The research priority area (RPA) Global Digital Cultures critically explores how digitization is transforming cultural practices around the world, from friendship, intimacy and sexual relations, to the construction, targeting, and surveillance of publics. More information can be found here. The RPA invites seed grant proposals that focus on questions of global digital cultures. Proposals should…

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