We live in the Information Age, also called the Digital Age, which started with the introduction of the very first personal computer in the 1970s, initiating the Digital Revolution ( Castells 1999 ). When the first personal microcomputer was
The Digital Age Opens Up New Terrains for Peace and Conflict Research
Josepha Ivanka Wessels
Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times
Being a digital anthropologist who studies health communication, I was immediately aware that the pandemic would make my fieldwork change rapidly. It has suddenly grown in size, intensified, and become more timely and of interest to broader
The Digital Heritage Sustainability (DHS) Framework
Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws
Digital materials, the primary resources for the production of contemporary culture, have brought many challenges to the heritage sector in relation to their curation, conservation, and dissemination. Digital heritage sustainability involves practices that help ensure the maintenance, enrichment, and enjoyment of digital heritage resources over periods of time that span across generations. The digital heritage sustainability (DHS) framework presented in this article provides an analytic basis for understanding the challenges associated with the use of digital materials in museums and for assessing how digital heritage resources can be sustained over time. As an example of use, the framework is applied to the Museum of London's digital resources.
Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production
enabled by digital technologies. Queer web shows like “Between Women” and “Skye’s the Limit” not only create representations that speak to the subjectivity of these marginalized communities but also redefine the imagined audience as those very communities
Promoting Transitional Justice through a Digital Memorial
Erik Van Ommering and Reem el Soussi
digital memorial “Transitional justice” is a term now widely adopted to capture the efforts of societies to come to terms with legacies of war, human rights violations, repression, or terror. The concept has gained prominence in post–Cold War scholarly
Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War
Ane Marie Ørbø Kirkegaard
The study of digitalized memory in the social sciences is still budding. In peace and conflict studies it is unusual. Much of the research on digitalized memory of war and conflict is performed by researchers in other disciplines and tends to focus
Making Sense of the Digital Political Landscape and Assessing the Potential for Mobilization versus Apathy
generate as rich an analysis as possible without diluting or trivializing the individual testimonies of those involved. The various themes will be addressed in the same order as they are presented in Table 1 . The Digital Native versus the Digital
The significance of giving as a contemporary socio-economic practice has been obscured both by mainstream economics and by the influence of the anthropological tradition. Andrew Sayer’s concept of moral economy offers a more fruitful framework for an economic sociology of contemporary giving, and one that appears to be largely consistent with social quality approaches. This article analyzes giving from the perspective of moral economy, questioning the view that giving is a form of exchange, and opening up the prospect of seeing it as the outcome of a more complex constellation of causal factors. It uses examples from the digital economy, in particular the phenomenon of open-source software, which nicely illustrates both the progressive potential of digital gifts and the ways in which they can be absorbed into the commercial economy.
New Players and New Pedagogies in Three-Dimensional Cultural Heritage
“Digital heritage carries the potential to unmoor images from their material forms and surroundings and thereby offer novel forms of revitalization, reintegration, and possession.” ( Phillips 2011 ) Like many technologies of the “new museum,” three
Yang Liu, Thomas Malaby, and Daniel Miller
Scholarship has frequently struggled with several pairs of dichotomies as it has sought to understand the digital: real vs. virtual, authentic vs. mediated, openness (freedom) vs. closure (control), and community vs. network. In order to make conceptual headway without falling into these traps, we turn in this article to the concept of indexicality. We urge an account of the digital that sees it as a resource for social action, one with the capacity to reduce and abstract as well as to differentiate and proliferate, recognizing both of these as potential projects that social actors may undertake. We offer the operation of money as an instructive analogy for how we may identify both the abstracting and the specifying dimensions of the digital.