This event was a live facilitated Q&A with the Sussex Humanities Lab, at the University of Sussex. Laurence Hill, MAH and SHL Visiting Fellow and Digital Art Curator, facilitated the discussion, involving a range of Sussex Humanities Lab core members.
The Sussex Humanities Lab was established in 2015, to investigate the impact of digital technologies on culture and society and in its short life has substantially developed cross-disciplinary research capacity at the University of Sussex. In Spring 2021, SHL transitioned to a new leadership team compromising, Drs Alice Eldridge, James Baker and Sharon Webb, providing an opportunity to re-examine our priorities, ambitions, and the challenges we seek to respond to. We are now a vibrantly interdisciplinary research group spanning the arts, humanities, library services, computing and social sciences; our research portfolio ranges from critical and creative AI to ecoacoustics, intersectional feminism to automated writing and open infrastructures, to critical heritage and creative practice. At this critical juncture in the world, our University, and our lab, the opportunity was taken to reflect on the work of the last half decade with a short film, and host a live Q&A with our core team to outline our current priority areas our values and our plans for the future, in the wider contexts of the University and world.