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The Cancelled Conference Conference

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenting new digital and data-led research from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Conferences around the world have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, so the Centre for Data, Culture & Society is providing a platform for our community to share their latest ideas. We are excited to be streaming recent research and new work from the University of Edinburgh to the world.

The programme includes data-led papers from across the disciplines and a performance screening. All presenters are based in Schools within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. See below for the full programme.


12:45 – Join the webinar

13.00: Welcome from Professor Melissa Terras, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society

13.15 – 14.15: Panel 1 (Chair: Kenny Smith)

  • Mirella Blum (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences): A descriptive analysis of the tone system of Hol Dinka.
  • Alison Mayne, Beverley Hood & Siobhan O’Connor (Edinburgh College of Art / School of Health in Social Science): VRinMind: Knowledge co-creation in designing immersive virtual reality experiences to support mindfulness practice.

14.15 – 14.45: Break and Poster Session

  • Siobhan O’Connor & Sam Quinn (School of Health in Social Science): An ethnographic exploration of a visual, communication tool to enhance therapeutic conversations between nurses and learning disability patients in forensic services: a study protocol.

14.45 – 15.45: Panel 2 (Chair: Ben Fletcher-Watson)

  • Niamh Moore (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences): DIY Academic Archiving: Sharing data and curating research materials for posterity, pedagogy and play.
  • Alice M. Kelly (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities): Canon, Canons and Anti-Canonicity: Queer Cultural Memory and the Textuality of Swan Queen ‘#fic recs’ on Tumblr.

15.45 – 16.00: Break

16.00 – 17.15: Performance and Q&A – ‘Interval and Instance’

Interval and Instance is a solo audio-visual work by composer/performer Jules Rawlinson exploring digitised archival material from the University of Edinburgh’s pioneering scientific filmmaker Eric Lucey, adding an electronic score to fixed sound design that reflects on and responds to Lucey’s studies.

The performance will be followed with a Q&A session.

17.15: Closing Remarks

For full details and abstracts, visit the conference programme webpage.

Privacy information: The conference video, audio and chat text will be recorded. All chat messages will be visible to CDCS staff for moderation purposes.

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June 16
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society