Payal Arora invited as keynote speaker for 2017 UVA graduation ceremony

Each year the University of Amsterdam MA program in New Media and Digital Culture invites a keynote speaker to address and motivate students and families at their graduation ceremony. Dr. Payal Arora will be the keynote for this year’s graduation ceremony, reflecting on the future of new media research. The graduation ceremony takes place on Wednesday August the 30th, 2017, in Amsterdam.

Her talk is titled, “In Search of the Exotic in Digital Culture.” This comes at an important time where tensions run high between groups; identity politics is at an all time high. Boundaries are formed online and circulated strategically as truisms, fueling divisive cultural spaces online. Arora will talk about the notion of the exotic and its colonial underpinnings as an efficient mechanism to frame entire publics and how this continues to play out in today’s digital era.

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