British Academy Mid-Career Fellow

British Academy: for the humanities and social sciences“Understanding Digital Events”: In August 2017 David was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the duration of 2018. This highly prestigious award allows “academics to focus on a major piece of research and to communicate their work to a wider audience, by obtaining time away from teaching and administration commitments.”

Please see for details of the project.

Project Abstract:

“The Fellowship will provide the opportunity to a) complete research on digital experience, b) prepare a book manuscript for submission, & c) hold a workshop for academics and practitioners to discuss the notion of an Information Systems ‘Event’. The project examines personal experience of everyday digital tasks – paying a bill online, playing a digital game, receiving smartphone messages – and also new tasks such as tagging photographs, and experiencing people being recognised (or not) in photographs by software. The project seeks to discover if such digital experiences can usefully be re-conceived as a set of ‘events’ within a ‘structure of events’. This ‘structure of events’ approach uses Whitehead’s process philosophy, where the ‘event’ comprises both the subjective consciousness of duration (Bergson’s durée réelle), the dexterity (or otherwise) of our physical gestures, and all the material and virtual artefacts of computing technology, and their interfaces, unified conceptually into a set of Digital Events.”

The project will run between 1st January and 31st December 2018.

See also the University Press Release


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  1. September 1, 2019

    […] David’s new book, “Understanding Digital Events: Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital” was published in May 2019, by Routledge. This book featured chapters written by each of the contributors to the Colloquium on Digital Events that took place in June 2018 as part of David’s British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. […]

  2. March 30, 2021

    […] Nik and David talked about a potential chapter.  This chapter, therefore, grew directly out of the Understanding Digital Events project, and uses data from that project to speak to the ideas of Varun Grover, presented to the […]