TEEME and The Centre for Disruptive Media present:

Knowledge Machines: The Potential of the Digital. A symposium on alternative practices in humanities research

Saturday, 27 September 2014 from 11:00 to 18:15

University of Kent
Grimond Lecture Theatre 3
Grimond Building

CT2 7NZ Canterbury
United Kingdom


Even in today’s market-driven education system where a commonplace (self-) diagnosis for the humanities is that its condition is critical, the knowledge machines are far from broken. Socially relevant knowledge is produced, disseminated and consumed in a variety of creative ways, in which digital tools and methodologies increasingly play an important role. While acknowledging the crisis, we wish to move away from the discourse of negativity that is currently encompassing the humanities. We will showcase examples of affirmative engagement with the digital humanities, and trans-disciplinary critical and practical approaches to the oft-perceived stability of knowledge, the shelf life of ideas, and the contingency of meanings.

Knowledge Machines is a free one-day symposium that showcases different approaches to using digital methodologies for the humanities. Resources, discussion points, and related materials are made available before and after the symposium on the symposium’s wiki, in order to move the discussion about the future of the humanities out of the usual confines of the conference hall, and into the digital sphere.

Keynote Speakers

[Collaborative Humanities] Alixe Bovey: Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent who specialises in the visual culture of the later Middle Ages. Alixe has been the director of the University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and runs a PhD skills training programme Material Witness

[Posthumanities] Gary Hall: Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the School of Art and Design at Coventry University and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media

[Digital Humanities] Julianne Nyhan: Lecturer in Digital Information Studies at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, specialising in oral history and digital humanities


For more information please visit the conference website:

and our wiki discussion and resource platform:



10:30-11:00   Registration: tea and coffee

11:00-11:30      Introduction to: digital humanities

Speaker: Julianne Nyhan

11:30-12:00     Introduction to: posthumanities

Speaker: Gary Hall

12:00-12:30     Introduction to: collaborative humanities

Speaker: Alixe Bovey

12:30-13:00     Discussion

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-15:15     Workshop 1 – digital humanities

Colm MacCrossan (Exeter University): EEBO-TCP

Cressida Williams (Canterbury Cathedral): Doc Explore

15:15-16:30     Workshop 2 – posthumanities

Janneke Adema (Coventry University): Living Books about Life

Jan Loop (University of Kent): MEMS Working Papers

16:30-17:00   Break

17:00-18:15     Workshop 3 – collaborative humanities

David Bennett (Coventry University): Siobhan Davies Replay

Kate De Rycker, Martina Pranic (University of Kent, Charles University Prague): TEEME programme

18:15-20:00    Wine reception


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The Centre for Disruptive Media:


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