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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 8 July 2022
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 Misha Kavka, Ladan Rahbari, and Erinne Paisley. The text is titled "Digitized Love and Intimacy on Hinge: FLINT* Individuals’ Dating Practices at the Cultural Nexus of Online and Offline Worlds". This paper investigates how digital dating apps reconfigure cultural attitudes to love and intimacy through cross-cultural comparison, and conversely, how cultural attitudes influence digital dating practices.

The second text we will discuss is by Jie Chen, and is titled "AI imaginaries of Chinese tech-companies". Jie Shen is a Ph.D. candidate in the ASCA at UvA. Her research dialogue with transdisciplinary spaces between digital technology (AI) and cultures, philosophy. Her Ph.D. research focuses on how Chinese society conceptualizes artificial intelligence and its potential to shape society, governance, individuals. In her MA thesis, she studied the concept of technique in the philosophical debates between Michael Foucault and Bernard Stiegler over how writing as a technique help develop logic. She has participated in several international research projects. As a Remote Associate Research Fellow (2020) of "The Terraforming" (Strelka Institute, Moscow), she published an essay examining whether and how various automation systems in China facilitate Chinese society to become more resilient to cope with the covid pandemic. She also published a paper analyzing the mechanism of addiction triggered by digital media in the case of TikTok, and how digital addiction limits users' imagination and thinking abilities. 

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. Please note only one text is available so far. We will upload the second text as soon as possible, and you will be able to access it through the same link.

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 at If you are interested in presenting a work-in-progress paper in the GDC research seminar series, please fill out the form below.