Digital Politics Summer School: Digital Technologies and the Environment

What are the environmental impacts of and conditions for digital technologies or digitization practices more generally? What constitutes the relation between digital technologies and the environment? Whether and how is the relation maintained, disrupted, repaired and reconfigured? What are its temporalities? What are the ethical and political implications of reconsidering the relation between digital technologies and the environment? And what are the methodological and epistemological challenges of doing so?

We are delighted to announce our Summer School, taking place online on 13-15 June. Registration is now closed and the school is about to start!

The School will explore the relations between digital technologies and environmental concerns, covering topics of digital waste, digital toxicity, e-waste, communication infrastructures, and smart cities. Registered participants will be offered to take part in five Masterclasses, listed in the Programme below. In addition, all particpants will be invited to attend a pre-School keynote on June the 10th.


(all times are in UK/London time zone; zoom links are provided on designated Evenbrite pages)

Pre-School Keynote, 10 June

Benedetta Brevini, "Data Driven Communication, AI and the Climate Crisis". Registration link

Day 1, 13 June

  • 1.30pm Introduction and Welcome address: Adi Kuntsman and Liu Xin, "How to think about digital technologies and the environment together" Registration link
  • 2-5pm Masterclass 1 Rahul Mukherjee, "Approaching Media Infrastructures" Registration link

Day 2, 14 June

  • 10am-12noon Masterclass 2 Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, "Toxic data" Registration link
  • 1-3pm Masterclass 3 Liu Xin, "Clusters of broken objects" Application link- please apply by 11 May

Day 3, 15 June

  • 10am- 12noon Masterclass 4 Adi Kuntsman, "Urban environmental imaginaries meet app studies" Application link - please apply by 11 May
  • 1-3pm Masterclass 5 Alenda Chang, "Sustainable Design Patterns for the (Digital) Future" Registration link

The School is organised by our Digital Politics researchers cluster at the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, together with Center for Gender Studies, Department of Social and Psychological Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden. The School is generously supported by the Digital Society Research Group (DISC@ManMet) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, as part of the Digital Society @ Manchester 2022 events