Programme

Making Sense of the Digital Society

Kulturgeschichte der Digitalisierung / Mit Sybille Krämer

Moderation: Tobi Müller

Part of the Series “Making Sense of the Digital Society”

Register by 13.2. via hiig.de/digitalsociety
This event will be recorded and broadcasted live.

German / With English simultaneous translation / approx. 90 Min.

It is often assumed that digitisation and computer technology are inseparably linked. However, digitality is part of a much older cultural history, namely the symbols and signs that people have been inventing and developing since the first cave paintings, the first characters and mathematical symbols humans used to describe, structure and share their world. Digitisation thus did not come through machine technology, but rather through early symbolization practices. In this light, the alphabet is a prototype of a digital system, but also all the counting systems that quantify and make our world comparable. In her lecture, the philosopher Sybille Krämer therefore tries to dissolve the connection between digitisation and computer technology in order to understand why digitalisation can penetrate our lives and our society so quickly and so profoundly. In fact, there are answers to the questions “What is the meaning of digital?” and “What is the meaning of digitalisation?” that reach beyond computer technology. 

Dates

  • Past
    Thu 13.2.2020, 19:00 / HAU1

Credits

The lecture series is organised by Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb). In cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Location

HAU1
Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. Access to the Parkett by means of a separate entrance with lift when necessary. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Advance notification advised.

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