Audiences, Readers, Listeners, Users – Understanding reception in a digital age LocationMichael Chowen Prototyping Hall DatesThursday 18th May 2017 (09:00-16:30) Download the date to your calendar (.ics file) ContactFor further details or to register to attend this workshop please contact Shirley Adolphus WORKSHOP LEADER: Dr Erin Sullivan Since Stuart Hall’s ground-breaking work in field in the 1970s, the University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of debates about how people interact with culture and the meaning they derive from it. This workshop will build on this long history of interdisciplinary, grassroots thinking by investigating how digital technology is changing both the methods and the objects of reception-oriented research. It will consider how audiences are becoming increasingly active co-producers or ‘pro-sumers’ of artistic works through collaborative digital media, how the data produced through digital encounters might be used to generate new creative projects and formulate new research agendas, and how environment and materiality still shape cultural experience in the supposedly de-localised and disembodied world of online interaction. It will ask how we can best study audience, reader, listener, and user experience in a digital age, making the most of the new methods available to us and the new ways in which people are interacting with and creating culture.The workshop aims to bring together expertise in reception studies and the digital humanities from across the University, and also to strengthen partnerships with artists and cultural programmers conducting practised-based work in the field. It will showcase the findings of several externally funded projects based at the University, and it will build upon strategic developments in digital research. The day will conclude with a one-hour, guided roundtable session, which will result in a list of key questions for the field, identify possibilities for follow-on projects and funding, and outline next steps for digital culture and reception research at UoB.