Living in the Age of Convergences – Affect, Affordance, Agency
This interdisciplinary academic workshop invites scholars and practitioners to critically consider how technological and digital integration has transformed the way we now live, work, interact and think. The workshop specifies a human-centred approach towards understanding the resultant impact of this merging of technologies on our online and offline everyday practices. Perspectives from within Singapore and across Asia are especially welcomed. From a spatial standpoint, we wish to explore how digital affordance, social media and online resources are allowing us to redraw a new spatial rhetoric. For one, the traversality of workers have created new norms that has significantly impacted the labour ecosystem and landscape, reframing a new political economy. The notion of inclusiveness meanwhile is measured by the values valorised by spatially-rounded four-dimensional human beings who are able to effectively capitalise on twenty-first century affordances in mobility and media.
We seek paper proposals that explore this polemical topic via any one of the five themes:
- Collective Consciousness, arising from hyper-connectivity, is instrumental to the formation of universally shared values;
- Values, the intrinsic qualities adopted by those who embrace the greater mobility, freedom and access to opportunities proffered by techno-digital enhancements;
- Technological and digital disruptions that profoundly impact our triadic Work, Life and Education entanglements;
- Taxonomy, utilising innovative means to construct a new compendium of knowledge; and
- The City, demonstrating tangible instances where media interfaces and digital connectivity have enhanced urban experience, navigation and performance.