Digital media and technologies transform cultural experiences, relationships and social institutions. They translate our movements and expressions into data, afford new forms of expression, and change how we understand ourselves and each other. These changes are not just technical in nature, they raise fundamental questions about what it means to be human and to build a world together.

Digital Cultures and Societies at UQ is research hub that supports researchers who pose urgent questions about how we build inclusive, flourishing and sustainable cultures and societies using digital technologies and media. We support humanities and social science researchers whose research is animated by questions about how digital technologies and media transform our cultures and societies; or who use digital technologies and media as part of their research practices of data collection, analysis, visualisation, exhibition and performance. Our researchers are addressing topics including the transactional and promotional cultures of digital platforms, digital intimacies, computational language and media, automation and algorithmic recommendation.

Professor Pasquale’s talk ‘Interrogating Emotion Machines: Five Critiques of Affective Computing’ will examine the rise of affective computing, its promises and pitfalls and argue that preserving the privacy and autonomy of our emotional lives should take priority over the misguided quest to create and perfect automated emotion machines.

The event is jointly supported by Digital Cultures and Societies and the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Automated Decision-Making and Society

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