Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo)



The Digital Economy Network is pleased to be hosting the 2019 Digital Economy Summer School event – the Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo) 2019, which will be held on 9-12 July at the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham.

The DISCo conference gives a platform to early stage and career researchers to showcase interdisciplinary research pertaining to the digital. Interdisciplinary research takes a question common to two or more disciplines, and contributes to new insights which advance knowledge in the disciplines. DISCo focuses on the digital landscape of culture and society, how digital technologies and processes affect these areas,  and how technology is in turn shaped by cultures and societies.

DISCo gives early career researchers an opportunity to cultivate their research skills through a peer reviewed system of paper submissions and presentations, workshops, poster presentations, and a range of networking opportunities. Participants have had the opportunity to choose the type of interdisciplinary research they would like to present at the conference, and whether to do this in the format of a poster, short or long presentation, thus offering a means of participation for those at any stage of their PhD.

Digital Culture

Traditional media’s continuous analog streams have taken a digital turn and become electronic bits of pattern, noise, signals, feedback loops, networks, clusters, interactions, reactions, and predictions. The digital may therefore be seen as a complex supplement: as something that is additive to previous forms, yet also as something that replaces them. Similarly, this same ambiguity tangles together questions of network connections and disconnections, both in the literal and in the metaphoric sense. This invites discussions about how digital technologies have the potential to disrupt, augment, or even resurrect creative work and media. Because the digital permeates virtually all forms of communication and expression, it is thus crucial to theorize, critique, explore, and (re)imagine topics where the digital intersects creative practice and form.

DISCo invited submissions which engage with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding digital culture through topics which include, but are not limited to: creative industry, new media, electronic and media art, music and sound, narrative and storytelling forms, game design, and computational creativity.

Digital Society

Societies around the globe are adopting more and more digital devices in all areas of their life. The types of devices, functions, and services which are adopted differ widely, not only between the global North and South, East and West, but also within any one society. This changes how societies work, communicate, and interact, amongst themselves, and across geographic, linguistic, and cultural borders. Thus, societies are shaped and reshaped through the use of technology.

The Digital Society track is interested in the ways in which digital technology and society interact. Broadly, but not exclusively, aligned with the social sciences, we want to explore, in the broadest possible sense, the different ways in which societies are shaped by digital technology.

Digital Futures

Technology is pervasive, data is ubiquitous, and questions are being raised as to how our modern world will be affected by technological forces such as big data, machine learning, and robotics in our near and far futures. Our current, increasingly digital society is seeing the emerging benefits of technology as it works to solve such global contemporary issues as aging populations and sustainability, whilst also reaping the economic benefits of increased productivity and business innovation. Our digital futures necessarily span multidisciplinary fields of research as we work to tackle the problems of the future.

The Digital Futures track encourages researchers to consider and address the problems and possibilities which our current digital society provokes for our futures, so as to cultivate a digital future with opportunity for all. This track invites broad but meaningful interdisciplinary submissions which address our digital futures with an aim to recognise the challenges that lie ahead, and to disseminate the possibilities available to us via technology.

Key information:

  • DISCo 2019 is a three-day event for Digital Economy doctoral and early-career researchers, and will feature three main conference tracks: Digital Culture, Digital Society and Digital Futures.
  • Venue: De Vere Jubilee Conference CentreUniversity of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2TU (pictured below)
  • Dates and Times: The event will start at 2pm on 9 July and finish by 1pm on 12 July 2019
  • Delegate accommodation:  3 nights en-suite overnight accommodation will be provided for delegates on campus in the nearby Southwell Hall; a reduced rate will be offered for delegates who do not require accomodation
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  • Registration fees: £340 full conference attendance (with accommodation), £195 full conference (without accommodation), £65 one-day attendance (without accommodation).

Format and content:

  • Keynote talks aligned to the three conference tracks
  • Long and short paper presentations
  • Half-day and full-day workshops.
  • Research poster exhibition and networking reception
  • Evening meals and social activities.

The full programme details will be confirmed w/c 10 June 2019 on and also on the DEN website at

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