DIGITAL HUMANISM

Summer School 2022

September 19-23, Austria

Welcome to our Summer School

We live in a “digital” world, the separation between physical and virtual makes (almost) no sense anymore. Here, the Corona pandemic has also acted as an accelerator/magnifier demonstrating that the future of our digital society is here with all its possibilities, but also shortcomings. Digital Humanism looks at this interplay of technology and man, it analyzes, and, most importantly, tries to influence the complex interplay of technology and humankind, for a better society and life. We recognize the need of an interdisciplinary approach, integrating humanities, social, technical and engineering sciences; we need to cross different disciplines and to break down disciplinary silos.

At the summer school we look at and discuss issues such as participation and democracy, digital politics and sovereignty, economy and the role of platforms, privacy, AI and ethics, or fair systems. This will be presented and discussed by globally recognized and leading academics from computer science, social sciences and humanities.

The school is designed in an interdisciplinary manner, open for participants from the different disciplines mentioned (humanities, social, technical and engineering sciences). It is open to students at the PhD and advanced master level as well as interested persons from industry, institutions and civil society.

A typical course is broad enough to provide a general introduction to the chosen topic, whilst also students can learn the most relevant contributions in depth. In addition, there is enough room for discussions and presentations of participants’ projects.

All courses will be taught in English. By completing the school participants get awarded with three ECTS-credit points (in case they write a final paper).

Organized by CAIML (TU Wien), the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and the Digital Humanism Initiative.