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Staging Difficult Histories through Immersive Technologies

Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture and the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism with the support of Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Event Information

7th June, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Various Speakers
No booking required - Join the event on the day via Teams: Link Below

Staging Difficult Histories through Immersive Technologies invites experts in the field to showcase their research on new, immersive technologies, and identify specific concerns relating to the ethics of engagement with difficult subject matter and human experience such as persecution, discrimination, racism, and violence.   

This workshop seeks to provide a platform where we can think together about what else, and what more can be done with immersive technologies to not only create an empathetic bond between the viewer and the viewed, but also to encourage viewers to think critically about what they are experiencing, what is missing and what is shown in the virtual reality experience, as well as about the context in which the experience is situated. 

At the workshop the organisers will present their concept for a virtual experience hoping that the exchange will enable them to contextualize this project more broadly within the emerging critical discourse around the use and impact of virtual reality in the context of museums and other educational settings.      

No booking required –  Click here to join the event on the day via Teams

Workshop Programme

14:00 – 14:15    Introduction: Dr Diana Popescu, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London and Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck, University of London

14:15 – 14:45    Professor Mandy Rose, University of West England Bristol

14:45 – 15.15    Professor Luigina Ciolfi, University College Cork

15.15 – 15.45     Dr Bryce Lease and Dr Cecilia Sosa, Royal Holloway, University of London

15.45 – 16.00     Break

16:00 – 16:30    Matt Adams, Blast Theory

16:30 – 17:00    Professor Adam Ganz, StoryFutures Academy

17:00 – 17:15    Concept for a Virtual Experience – presentation of VR project: Dr Diana Popescu and Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine

17:15 – 17:30    Q&A and Conclusions

Workshop curated by Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck and Dr Diana Popescu, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London.

This workshop is the third in the series ‘Contested Histories, Challenging Memories: Immersive Encounters with the Past’ organised by the Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture and Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.  The previous workshops have explored ‘Curating Sound for Difficult Histories’ and ‘Performativity of Images in the Public Space’.

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