The Sigtuna Foundation has since 2015 been cooperating with DIGMEX, a research network that was originally part of the research program “Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity” funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and led by PhD. Associate Professor Amanda Lagerkvist. The network now lives on in the context of Dr. Lagerkvist’s new WASP-HS project “BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds” hosted by The Department for Informatics and Media (IM) at Uppsala University. Find out more at The Uppsala Informatics and Media Hub for Digital Existence: http://www.im.uu.se/research/hub-for-digtal-existence
DIGMEX is a transdisciplinary and cross-sectorial network for a philosophical, empirical and practical discussion about our digital existence. The network seminars constitute a meeting place across academic disciplines. The outreach platform of the network and the BioMe project: The Human Observatory (in partnership with the Sigtuna Foundation) is a meeting point for exchanges between the academic world and representatives from other parts of society such as administrative authorities, larger organizations, the business world, the musem world, NGOs, civil society actors, and public intellectuals in the field of existential health and technological development: https://www.im.uu.se/research/hub-for-digtal-existence/outreach-and-collaborative-research/
Several academic conferences within the network have been held at The Sigtuna Foundation: ”Digital Existence: Memory, Meaning, Vulnerability” in October 2015: and ”Digital Existence II: Precarious Media Life” in October 2017. These were followed by a popular scientific symposium in February 2018 on the topic “Existential Health and Suffering in the Digital Age”. This was filmed by SVT (Swedish Public Service broadcasting). the and can be seen here (in Swedish).
From 2020 the DIGMEX conferences will be part of a series of symposia entitled “New Directions in Existential Media Studies”. The first of these: “Digital Existence III: Living with Automation” is now planned for October 26-28, 2020. More information will follow.