This changes everything! What “the digital” means for the purposes and practices of education

This changes everything! What “the digital” means for the purposes and practices of education

Friday September 21, 3pm – 4.30

John Woolley Common Room, N480, John Woolley Building, A20

University of Sydney

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Schools and education systems are caught in the headlights of the digital era. Just as John Dewey formulated the principles of education for democracy in the context of violent industrialisation, rapid urbanisation and unprecedented social change in a new and emerging nation, so the global effects of computerisation and the digital are going to transform the wider purposes of education in both liberal democratic and authoritarian societies. This talk will open up debates around: the changing function and practices of school itself; the wider purposes of digital literacy; changing nature of civic participation in an increasingly digitalised and datafied society; and the limits of the discipline of Education as principles and practices buckle and strain in an increasingly competitive and unfair world.

Bio: Julian Sefton-Green is Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He has worked as an independent scholar and has held positions at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Oslo working on projects exploring learning and learner identity across formal and informal domains. He has been an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong and he is now a Visiting Professor at The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland.

He has been the Head of Media Arts and Education at WAC Performing Arts and Media College – a centre for informal training and education – where he directed a range of digital media activities for young people and co-ordinated training for media artists and teachers. Prior to that he worked as Media Studies teacher in an inner city comprehensive London; and in higher education teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading teacher training degrees in media education.

He has researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, new technologies, creativity, digital cultures and informal learning and has authored, co-authored or edited 14 books. Recent volumes include The Class: living and learning in the digital age (New York University Press, 2016)Learning Identities, Education and Community: young lives in the cosmopolitan city (Cambridge University Press 2016) and Learning beyond the School: international perspectives on the schooled society (Routledge, 2018)He has directed research projects for the Arts Council of England, the British Film Institute, the London Development Agency, Creative Partnerships and Nominet Trust and has spoken at over 40 conferences in 20 countries.

Political Participation on Social, Civic and Computer Networks – Francesco Bailo

Friday 12 October 2018, 3.00-4.30pm

MECO Seminar Room S226, John Woolley Building A20

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As political participation and organisation move online, the nature of the networks that sustain them changes. In this talk I will discuss my research into the Internet-mediated project of the Five Star Movement, an Italian political movement born out of a blog and that today controls the Italian government and more than one-third of Parliament. How could a political movement emerge from the Internet and only with the resources offered by the Internet become the dominant political force in a country?

In providing my answer to this question, I will reflect on the emerging political relevance of what I call the Citizen User: a new political identity defined by a sense of political disempowerment coupled with the intensive use of empowering Internet services. Based on the electoral results from the last two general elections and from the online activity of tens of thousands of users on Facebook and Meetup.com, I will provide insights into the territorial determinants of the electoral success of the Movement and reflect on the changing role of existing social and civil networks in fostering new forms political mobilisation in the age of the computer networks.

Francesco Bailo is Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Media Methods in the Department of Media and Communications (University of Sydney). Francesco obtained his PhD from the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2017. His PhD thesis investigates the impacts of online talk and social-networking sites on political participation and organisations. He is interested in digital methods and particularly in the applications of network analysis and quantitative text analysis.

Climate Change and the Media: Discussion and Book Launch

Discussion: 5.00pm – 6.30pm, Law School Foyer, New Law School, RSVP via Eventbrite

followed by Book Launch: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Law Lounge, Level 1, New Law School, RSVP sei.events@sydney.edu.au, Subject line: Brevini Launch

Presented by Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney

Over the last twenty five years the weight of evidence about the causes and consequences of climate change has become compelling. The solutions are fairly simple—we must switch to more sustainable and efficient forms of energy production. And yet they remain elusive—globally we produce significantly more greenhouse gases now than we did back in 1990. The sad truth is that this inaction has made climate change inevitable—the only question that remains is whether we can prevent it spiralling out of control.

How do we explain this colossal global failure? The problem is political rather than scientific: we know the risks and we know how to address them, but we lack the political will to do so. The media are pivotal in this equation: they have the power to set the public and the political agenda.

Join an international panel of experts for the Sydney launch of Climate Change and the Mediaedited by Benedetta Brevini and Justin Lewis. The panel will discuss the key themes addressed in book, exploring how and why media coverage has fallen short in communicating both science and the politics of climate change.

Speakers

Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
Professor Justin Lewis, University of Cardiff
Dr Alana Mann, Department of Media and Communications
Dr Terry Woronov, Department of Anthropology

Chair

Dr Benedetta Brevini, Department of Media and Communications

Media@Sydney Seminar Series, Semester 2

We are very pleased to announce our Semester 2 schedule for the  2018 Media@Sydney series in 2018. Events will be held in the John Woolley Building (A20) at the University of Sydney and will be followed by informal drinks.

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Friday 3 August: Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage – Dr. Stephen Cushion (Cardiff University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 17 August: The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones Symposium and Book Launch – Prof. Heather Horst (University of Sydney), Prof. Robert Foster (University of Rochester), Lucas Watt (RMIT University), Wendy Bai Magea (University of Goroka), Romitesh Kant (LaTrobe University/University of the South Pacific), and Dr. lucas gaspard (RMIT University)

3.00pm – 5.30pm*, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 24 August: Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism and Social Media – Axel Bruns (University of Queensland)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Tuesday 28 August: Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media – Tarleton Gillespie (Microsoft Research)

4.00pm – 6.00pm* John Woolley Common Room, N480, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 31 August: No Seminar – 4S Conference in Sydney

Friday 14 September: Life in Antarctica: mediations, speculations, ethnographies – Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 21 September: This changes everything! What “the digital” means for the purposes and practices of education – Julian Sefton-Green (Deakin University)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

Friday 5 October: Digital Housekeeping: Living with Data – Heather Horst (University of Sydney) and Jolynna Sinanan (University of Sydney) and 

Oversharing, Normative Intimacy, and Gender in ‘Digital Intimate Publics – Amy Dobson (Curtin University)

as part of the Gender and Cultural Studies Seminar Series*, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, The Refectory, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney 

Friday 12 October: Political Participation on Social, Civic and Computer Networks Francesco Bailo (University of Sydney)

3.00pm – 4.30pm, MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building

Monday 5 November: Climate Change and the Media: Discussion and Book Launch – Benedetta Brevini (University of Sydney) and Justin Lewis (Cardiff University

In partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute*

Discussion: 5.00pm – 6.30pm, Law School Foyer, New Law School, followed by Book Launch: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Law Lounge, Level 1, New Law School

 

*Special time or location