Workshops and Seminars

15th March 2011: Understanding young people's agency in socio-digital worlds - enabling young people to participate in social and digital worlds.

11.00am to 3.30pm - ICOSS, University of Sheffield

The aim of the workshop is to address the issues that young people face when they engage and interact in socio-digital worlds. The development of digital communication and services has fostered new opportunities for young people. These technologies and services are part of the social environment in which young people learn to develop and exercise agency. The workshop will address the opportunities facilitated by digital communication and identify some of the issues that might hinder the way in which young people can engage in socio-digital worlds. It will do so by considering the perspectives of those who make up the environment – young people, educators, the media industry, and the IT industry. The identification of some of the key issues will inform the development of research ideas, projects and proposals.


18th January 2011: The Environment, Green IT and Green Initiatives: mapping future research workshop

10.00am to 4.00pm - ICOSS, University of Sheffield

This is hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Worlds (IRiS) network and the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF). The aim of the workshop is twofold:

1.To discuss the main issues regarding Green IT and the issues in the design and development of ICT that fully address environmental concerns in the usage of ICT services and infrastructure.

2.To foster collaboration in the development of research proposals and projects that address Green IT and environmental issues regarding ICT


21st April 2010: Inclusion and Exclusion in Socio-Digital Worlds

The development and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in social life has raised debates about the emergence of a 'digital divide'. Early analysis of this divide focused on issues such as ensuring everyone has access to ICT and the skills to use it. From this early focus attention then widened to seeking to understand how the use of ICT acted, in multi-dimensional terms, with the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. This includes understanding the global dimension of a digital divide as well as national and regional dynamics. Furthermore it raise broader issues such as growing knowledge gap between those able to participate in social life and improve and ensure good life chances and those who are excluded and disconnected. This workshop will critically explore the ways in which digital services can be shaped to ensure inclusion across social groups and situations. It will address issues such as:

  • Understanding specific contexts and situations in the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion and the role of ICT within those dynamics
  • What are the frameworks for situating ICT in a broader package of resources to enable participation and inclusion?
  • How can regional, national and international policies ensure participation in socio-digital worlds?
  • How are people using and shaping ICT creatively as they engage in their cultural worlds?

Speakers for this event will be Brian Loader (University of York), Simon Smith (University of Leeds) and Wendy Olphert (Loughborough University).


10th March 2010: Culture and changing spheres of cultural activity in Digital culture

ICT and digital technologies are embedded in the dynamics of culture – both culture as 'ordinary' and in the cultural and creative industries. A defining feature of modernity and late modernity is the emphasis on `creativity´, whether that put forward in management discourses; across the arts; in the cultural industries and institutions; and in education and everyday life. This workshop will address the conceptual issues around defining culture in late modernity and will address the conceptualisation of creativity across social life. To ground some of these debates, the workshop will address:

  • Everyday life, culture and creativity
  • The role of public institutions in the digitization of cultural resources
  • Defining and redefining the creative industries in a digitally enabled world
  • Rethinking education and creativity and the use of digital services


17th February 2010: Identity in the negotiation of Privacy and Publicness in Socio-Digital Worlds

The rise of networked ICT based communication is raising issues surrounding individual identity and privacy. The development of e-services, e-government and e-commerce operates via remote transactions that require the authentication of identity to ensure secure communication and exchange of goods and services. Another dimension of this dynamic is the destabilisation of clear boundaries between public and private spheres with the rise of semi-public-ness in communication. This workshop will consider the debates surrounding identity, privacy and public-ness in a range of fields such as:

  • E-services including e-commerce, e-government and Telecare
  • Identity management
  • Legal aspects of e-identity
  • Privacy and security in digital transactions
  • Everyday practices of identity and understandings of privacy and publicness


20th January 2010: Participation in Socio-Digital Worlds

The interactive character of communication in socio- digital worlds as well as the degree to which users may shape digital technologies and services raises questions about established understandings of 'participation' in social life. This workshop will explore theoretical and conceptual issues surrounding participation before considering what participation means in specific domains and situations. These may include:

  • Participation in Design
  • Participation in services
  • Participation in education and work
  • Participation in everyday life and cultural activity
  • Participation democratic and political processes