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The UC Davis ModLab is an experimental laboratory for media research and digital humanities. The lab is developing new tools and methods to address the challenges faced by scholars working at the intersection of the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts. Focusing on new media technologies and processes of modification, the lab offers a dynamic and collaborative environment for postdisciplinary modes of research.

ModLab research programs include:

• Cultural studies of video games and media technologies
• Games and gamification as modes of humanities scholarship
• Off-the-shelf strategies for digital humanities scholarship
• Relations of ludic culture with surveillance and militarization
• Technocultural practices such as modding, hacking, and hactivism

 

UC Davis Digital Cultures 

Digital technologies have revolutionized the practice of everyday life, becoming an integral part of work, communication, politics, economics, artistic creativity, and personal identity. The study of digital culture is among the most vigorous areas of research in the humanities and social sciences today.

The Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures is designed around innovative research practices that rearticulate the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts with respect to the technosciences. The initiative will convene students and faculty through a series of workshops, conferences, lectures, and media events. We will focus on some the biggest challenges posed by digital technologies today, addressing the politics of surveillance, data mining, gaming and interactive media, intellectual property regulations, the commons, and participatory culture.

 

The Sawyer Seminar questions whether the “trade-off between democracy and security” is the right framework for understanding new and complicated technologies, forms, mobilities, and subjectivities emerging at the intersections of surveillance and democracy in the 21st century.

Surveillance Democracies includes workshops, speaker events, and graduate-level courses that consider how different applications of surveillance technologies affect international democratic movements, international law, ethical and philosophical questions regarding individual privacy, anonymity, and modes of resistance.

 

 

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