The Around the World forum, organized for the fifth time this year, is an experiment that brings together scholars from around the globe to talk about digital culture without the environmental cost of traditional conferences. Institutes and researchers are invited to participate either through presenting or by joining in the discussion. The conference is live-streamed world-wide and archived after the event.
This year the symposium is organized around the theme of Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era, which will stream live on May 4th, 2017. The unfolding of recent political events in the United States has sparked much debate around ‘fake news,’ disinformation and trustworthiness on the web. We hope to use these developments as a starting point for a broader discussion of how digital media has challenged and/or unsettled our notion of truth. The conference theme of ‘post-truth’ is loosely-defined and we welcome considerations of this topic from a wide range of perspectives: from the algorithmic to the philosophical. We welcome, as well, discussion of ‘post-truth’ as a notion reflecting a certain insularity and how questions of the ‘truthiness’ and the web resonate differently across the world.
Previous years' conferences focused on Libraries, Archives and Public Life (2016), Big Data (2015), Privacy and Surveillance (2014), and Technology and Culture (2013). In 2015, the symposium website attracted 973 unique visits from 39 countries and 179 cities, and the official hashtag of the event (#UofAWorld) trended on Twitter at #1 in Edmonton on the day of the conference.
In 2016, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) has been recognized with a Campus Sustainability Leadership Award for Green Spaces by the UAlberta Office of Sustainability for last year's KIAS Around The World event.