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Global Digital Cultures offers regular research seminars in which work-in-progress papers from junior and senior researchers at the UvA are discussed. The monthly GDC research seminars are aimed at discussing work-in-progress on global digital cultures. During each of these seminars, we will discuss two draft texts, seeking to include a dialogue between senior and junior scholars. As usual, we will discuss two work-in-progress texts by UvA colleagues.

Event details of GDC Research Seminar Series
Date 3 December 2021
Time 15:00 -17:00

These sessions feature research on global digital cultures from a wide variety of scholarly disciplines, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches. During each of these events, we will discuss two draft texts, seeking to include a mix of senior and junior scholars.

The first text is by Valentina Carraro, and is titled "Of Fixes and Glitches: Metaphors for Platform Urbanism". This paper intervenes in digital geography and urban research debates regarding platforms as modes of urban governance and capital accumulation. Using the metaphors of the fix and the glitch as structuring starting points, it asks: how do fix-thinking and glitch-thinking contribute to our understanding of platform urbanism?

The second text we will discuss is by Peter Maxigas Dunajcsik and Niels ten Oever, and is titled "The People’s 5G Laboratory: Critical Perspectives on Media Technologies". The paper lays out the case for the rationale, tradition, and methodology informing the positioning of the People’s 5G Laboratory.

Due to COVID-19 measures (and the availability of drinks!), we would like you to RSVP using the link above.

Following registration, you will receive an e-mail with a link to download the texts. We would like to ask you to read these texts in advance to ensure a smooth and rich discussion and to kindly refrain from sharing them publicly, as they include work in progress. 

The discussion will be followed by drinks!

If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail on If you are interested in presenting a work-in-progress paper in the GDC research seminar series, please fill out the form below.