Digital Geographies Research Group Annual Symposium 2021

Where next for Digital Geographies? Pathways and prospects

Date: 14 July 2021
Location: Zoom – pre-registration required via Eventbrite.

The digital has fundamentally transformed our lifeworlds. Our lives are increasingly dependent on and lived through digital worlds, not only shaping the everyday, but also how we conduct research and teaching. Across the globe, geographical interest in the digital has been growing and attracting a diverse range of scholars, from cultural geographers to GI Scientists. In recent years digital geography has matured as an area of activity with the founding of dedicated journals and research groups. Despite the increasing interest in the digital, however, there remains a risk that digital geographies is both all-encompassing and, perhaps, lacking in specificity. As this area of work matures, therefore, it is timely to reflect on its future research pathways and prospects. ‘Where next for Digital Geographies?’ thus forms the theme for 2021’s fifth DGRG Annual Symposium.

The Symposium will feature keynote provocations from:

  • Alex Hanna (UC Berkeley)
  • Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds)
  • Roopika Risam (Salem State University)
  • Peta Mitchell (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Tabea Bork-Hüffer (Innsbruck University)

Panel discussants will include:

  • Andrew Dwyer (Durham University)
  • Lizzie Richardson (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
  • Dr Harrison Smith (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Godwin Yeboah (Warwick University)

In addition to these discussions, the symposium papers engage with the following, or related topics:

  • Power and the digital: power, politics and propaganda
  • Digital identities
  • The body and the digital
  • Methodological futures
  • Creativity and the digital
  • Robotics and AI
  • Digital ethics
  • Digital health
  • Regulation and governance

Registration is free of charge for all and is available via our Eventbrite page

Please download a copy of the full programme here:

(BST – UK time)
9:40-10:20Provocations 1Tracking and tracing: Mapping new contours of the location economy
Peta Mitchell
Public Art in Digital Space: Queering Boundaries
Martin Zebracki
Researching the entanglements of socio-material-technological spaces
Tabea Bork-Hüffer
10:20-11:40Paper Session 1Robotic liveliness, COVID-19 and care
Shanti Sumartojo
Doing Digital Children’s Geographies, Imperfectly: Methodological Reflections on a Child-led Guided Tour via Video Call in a Slum Neighborhood in the Philippines
Aireen Grace Andal
Can your data be trusted: exploring what it means for LGBTQ+ people to trust in digital data.
Carl Bonner-Thompson
Epistemic Consequences of Following Data from the Global South.
Azabeh Akbari
11:40-13:00Digital Shorts“Sharenting” amidst a Pandemic: Making Sense of Parents Sharing their Children’s Photos Online during Quarantine and Implications in a Post-lockdown world.
Aireen Grace Andal
Young people, violence and the ‘everyday’ co-production of geopolitics in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.
Thomas William Shrimplin
Influence of mobile media on digital placemaking practices – preliminary research results.
Maciej Główczyński
Beyond the empathy machine: how social advocates use the affordances of digital realities for disruptive spacemaking.
Rosie Wright
(Re-)Imagining subjectivities of refugees/asylum seekers in the digital realm.
Seerat Kaur
13:30-14:00Provocations 2Mapping Back to the State: The Case of Torn Apart/Separados
Roopika Risam
Beyond Bias: Algorithmic Unfairness, Infrastructure, and Genealogies of Data.
Alex Hanna
14:00-15:40Paper Session 2Towards A Research Agenda for Digital Ecologies.
Jonathon Turnbull & Adam Searle
From Netflix to MUBI: Exploring the Digital Geographies of Film and Cinema.
Alex Hastie
A critical geography agenda for bringing back space and spatialities in digital social innovation research.
Chiara Certomà
Digital Media as Infrastructure.
Julia Wagner
(Digital) Neo-colonialism in the Smart City.
Ryan Burns & Morgan Mouton
15:40-15:55Coffee Break
15:55-16:35Panel DiscussionAndrew Dwyer, Lizzie Richardson,
Harrison Smith & Godwin Yeboah.