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#Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies.

Keywords: Unplugging, Digital Humanities, Cross-disciplinary Research, Social Networks, Social Capital, Smart City, Social Innovation, Networked Individualism, Liquid and Networked Society, Public Space and Millennials.

  • To congregate scholars from Digital Humanities, OII, FoC, InSIS, COMPAS, Oxford Martin School, Säid Business School, Sustainable Urban Development Programme Oxford, Transport Unit and Environmental Change Institute, among others, generating a dialogue between individual academics and communities interested in critically analyzing the social implications of the hyper-connected society.
  • To facilitate networking and face-to-face conversations to stimulate a live exchange between researchers and individuals with an interest in understanding the side effects of the internet and other socio-­technical factors in everyday life.


The workshop will include presentations and interdisciplinary group discussions: (1) to debate and exchange relevant research and experiences (2) to go beyond the techno-determinism views and explore some of the side-effects of an increasingly hyper-connected society (3) to explore avenues of further research.


The workshop will consist of academics from across the disciplines to critically analyse why the current socio-technical transformations, such as the expansion of social networks and the smart city, should not necessarily be understood as a proxy of ‘social capital’ for a better urban governance. Framed in the context of a society heavily influenced by the promises of Smart Cities, Big Data, smart devices etc., a cross-disciplinary analysis will discuss the side-effects and tensions between being online 24/7 and the subtle notion of #Unplugging, conceived as a rare privilege that only a few members of hyper-connected societies can attain.


The goal of this workshop is to provide a framework for deconstructing the on-going discourse of Smart Cities articulating ten dimensions grounded in a critical social innovation perspective and exploring new transitions and tensions in this agenda.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (Humanities Division, University of Oxford). Friday, 20th June 2014 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST) Oxford, United Kingdom

Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please click here to register.

Igor Calzada, PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Future of Cities, COMPAS & InSIS - University of Oxford

Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow Oxford Internet Institute - University of Oxford