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Monday, April 03, 2006

Cyber culture workshop - concept note

Workshop on Cyberculture
6, 7, 8 April 2006

Concept Note

(Don't be scarred by this abstract note, the workshop is going to be more concrete and fun )

Cybercultures is a term that lends itself too easily to a superficial understanding of a set of practices which are associated with the words techie, geek, gadgets and gizmos. However, cybercultures is not necessarily only about the people who produce it. Looked upon as a site upon which forces of economic and cultural globalization, political governance and geographical boundaries are actively interacting with each other, cybercultures needs to be understood as the ethos of our times within which all of us, directly or indirectly, through inclusion or exclusion, through presence or absence, are implicated within. The three day workshop in cybercultures looks at three main concerns of identity, community and culture and how the new technological proliferation of cyberspace shapes our understanding of these three domains. Spread across three days, for a period of four hours each, the cybercultures workshop, through discussions, exercises and presentations, seeks to question how each one of us becomes a cyborg and how it changes our notions of who we are, where we belong and what we do.

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