A Common Ground Media Lab Speaker Series


Common Ground Research Networks sets out to address some of the pivotal challenges of our time, curating research networks that cut horizontally across legacy disciplinary boundaries and knowledge practices. Sustainability, diversity, learning, the future of humanities, the nature of interdisciplinarity, the place of the arts in society, technology's connections with knowledge — these are some of the deeply important questions that we address, all requiring interdisciplinary thinking, global conversations, and cross-institutional intellectual collaborations.

The Common Ground Research Media Lab Speaker Series, Imagining Futures, seeks to offer our Research Network members a place of learning and interaction by introducing in online conversation sessions led by some of the world’s leading researchers, practitioners, artists and civic leaders. Our aim in the Imaging Futures series is to create linkages that cross disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. In considering our collective futures, we must build strategies for action. Our aim is not just to reflect upon the world, but to nurture a commitment to change it.

Speakers Schedule

Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith

December 4, 2020

"Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age"

Founding Editor of UbuWeb and Senior Editor of PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern

December 11, 2020

"Phenomenology and Data"

Professor, Anthropology, New School for Social Research, New York, USA

Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner

December 18, 2020

"Prototype Nation: China & the Contested Promise of Innovation"


Associate Professor, University of Michigan in the School of Information and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), Ann Arbor, USA

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

January 8, 2021

"The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race and the Struggle for Sustainability"

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Food Studies, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Departments of Geography and Women's and Gender Studies; Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University, Syracuse, USA

Shira Chess

Shira Chess

January 22, 2021

"How To: Play Like a Feminist"

(Why Feminists Need Video Games and Why Video Games Need Feminism)

Associate Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Charlie Hailey

Charlie Hailey

February 5, 2021

"Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place"

Architect, Writer, and Professor, School of Architecture, University of Florida, USA

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

February 12, 2021

"Technobiophilia: Nature in the Digital"

Writer and a Visiting Fellow, Media School, Bournemouth University, UK

Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene

March 5, 2021

"The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope"

Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Fazal Rizvi

Fazal Rizvi

March 26, 2021

"Imagining Educational Futures"

Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne, Australia

How to Access the Speaker Series

The Imagining Futures Speaker Series is a Research Network Membership benefit. Anyone with a Research Network membership can access to complete series. So too can anyone with a conference registration in 2021. If you’d like to sign up just for the speaker series, please select an Audience Pass (for your next Research Network conference) and with this, you will receive the details on how to attend.

NEXT STEPS
  • If your already registered with a Presenter or Audience Pass you can join up instantly by logging into your CGScholar account, navigating to the 'Special Events' page in the conference you are registered for. There, you will be able to sign up for the Speaker Series.
  • If you have not registered, you’ll need to register as a Presenter or Audience Pass for the upcoming conference – meaning you’ll also have the added bonus of participating in the upcoming conference too. From there, you can sign up for the Speaker Series through the 'Special Events' page.
  • If you have an existing Research Network Membership as part of an author benefit, please select the “on-request” Audience Pass and add you Membership number. We will verify the membership, and add the Speaker series to your account.