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Spring School | Logic, Limits, Contingency: A Critical Digital Spring School

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 30, 2023

Organised as part of the Thematic Einstein Forum "Scales of Temporality: Modeling Time and Predictability in the Literary and the Mathematical Sciences"; by Lindsey Drury, Tony Fisher (LAHP), Dennis Mischke, Ramona Mosse, and Marcus Weber, as well as the Thematic Einstein Forum organising team.
The forum is organised within the framework of the Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+ in collaboration with the EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities" and supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. 

The spring school creates a forum for critical engagement with the aesthetic, social, and theoretical dimensions of digital media and methods. As it is clear that digital research approaches transgress the disciplinary lines that separate the arts, sciences, and humanities, this spring school brings scholars together to address that fact directly. The spring school thus incorporates, for example, mathematical approaches to time and human societies, artistic approaches to archives, humanistic research, and concepts of history, and humanities approaches to data, aesthetics, and exhibition. Over the course of four days, PhD researchers can explore how digital innovation can upgrade their own projects-in-development. Moreover, the interdisciplinary spring school also has the potential to innovate digital research methods in turn.

Structure of the Spring School

Day One. PhD Forum

Monday, March 27

Short presentations of PhD research projects & discussion in a series of panels.

Days Two, Three, and Four. Lectures, Case Studies, Critical Labs

Tuesday, March 28 | Formal Logics and their Limits

Morning Lecture: Natasa Conrad (Zuse Institute Berlin) | Mathematical Modelling of Complex Social Systems

Case Studies/Critical Labs: Daniil Skorinkin (Universität Potsdam), Marcus Weber (Zuse Institute Berlin), UK National Archives

Wednesday, March 29 | Interoperability & Archives

Morning Lecture: Amalia Levi (The Heritedge Foundation) (online) | Noisy Chatbots, Silent Archives, and the Illusion of Interoperability

Case Studies/Critical Labs: UK National Archives, Christopher Ohge (University of London), Annette Jael Lehmann & metaLAB (Freie Universität Berlin / Harvard University), Magda Romanska (Emerson College)

Evening Lecture: Christopher Ohge (University of London) | Book History in Bits

Thursday, March 30 | Representation & Human Contingency

Morning Lecture: Kate Elswit (Royal Central School of Speech) | Dance Data, Embodied Knowledge, and Historical Inquiry

Case Studies/Critical Labs: Christian Stein, Moritz Moser, Valentin Hanau, Johannes Berger (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, gamelab.berlin), Sebastian Möhring (Universität Potsdam)

Time & Location

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 30, 2023

Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities"
Room 00.05
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
14195 Berlin

Further Information

Please email Lindsey Drury (l.drury@fu-berlin.de) to register.

For more information about participation, see the call for papers.