ANN COPESTAKE, CO-INVESTIGATOR, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
Communication technology could help humanity collectively mitigate the onrushing environmental catastrophes, but it is being used to distort information and increase division. We need to release its potential for beneficial societal change.
ANNA ALEXANDROVA, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
Responding to social change inevitably involves deferring to experts with specialist knowledge and experience. But who counts as expert, on what, and to what extent, are questions squarely in the province of humanities.
Rahel Jaeggi, Center Director, Berlin
Critical Theory, according to Max Horkheimer’s statement in 1937, forms the intellectual side of emancipation. To keep it alive, we have to relentlessly analyze the crises which shape our present and inform our emancipatory hopes.
Isette Schuhmacher, Research Assistant, Berlin
Historical change in line with a hegelian-marxian tradition comes about and runs through contradictory processes and crises. Given that currently emancipatory transformation is in a crisis, we need to uncover the inconsistencies, debris and hardenings that block its proceeding.
BILL BYRNE, CO-INVESTIGATOR, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
Our goal is to build a framework in which insights from humanities-based subjects and non-technical disciplines can have a real impact in the development of new technologies.
CLÉO CHASSONNERY-ZAÏGOUCHE, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
I am engaged in how humanities can produce expertise on experts to help qualify, uncover and check the power of ideas.
EMILY SO, CO-INVESTIGATOR, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
We live in a complex world. Disciplinary boundaries need to be broken and unusual alliances formed to shift attitudes for change.
Erck Rickmers, Founder
The world is in escalating crisis. We need an interdisciplinary effort to understand its underlying problems and inspire change.
FEDERICO BRANDMAYR, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
Creating social knowledge often involves taking sides on philosophical questions concerning the nature of responsibility, freedom and morality. Experts should bear this in mind when advising decision makers.
HANNAH BAKER, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
Expertise is under increasing scrutiny. This scrutiny needs to be embraced and understood if we are to resolve this age of disinformation.
IAN ROBERTS, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
‘Giving Voice to Digital Democracies’ has an extremely timely, indeed necessary, role to play in bringing the traditional values and expertise of the humanities to bear to resolve the human dilemmas the modern information age has created.
Lexi Neame, Dissertation Fellow 2017/18, Santa Barbara
I study how facts become authoritative in public life. For me, the task of the humanities is comprehension, or as Arendt put it: facing up to–and, where necessary, resisting–reality.
MARCUS TOMALIN, SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AND PROJECT MANAGER, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
There is an urgent need to develop more ethical and trustworthy AI technologies that can effect positive social change in modern digital democracies.
Massimo Warglien, Board Member, Venice
Text analysis offers huge opportunities to improve how we understand and predict conflict.
MICHAEL KENNY, CO-INVESTIGATOR, EXPERTISE UNDER PRESSURE, CAMBRIDGE
The political contestation of experts and their knowledge is one consequence of the profound turbulence affecting governance in the current era. The question now is whether the democratisation of expertise might also be harnessed by those seeking to re-invent public policy in the age of disruption.
Nina Rismal, Hamburg
I am concerned with visions of utopian societies and their value for effecting desirable social change. Desire and hope for a better future lie at the core of my work in Humanities and Social Change.
Sabrina Marchetti, Board Member, Venice
As a feminist scholar, I believe in the power of art and of the Humanities in changing our understanding of society, culture and economic life. I am happy to be part of this project.
Shaul Bassi, Center Director, Venice
Cultural difference can push people apart; art and the humanities can bring them together in a sustainable world.
SHAUNA CONCANNON, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
Language is the means by which ideas, information and culture are communicated. For communication technologies to contribute positively to society and democracy, we must account for how trustworthiness and credibility are encoded and interpreted.
STEFANIE ULLMANN, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, GIVING VOICE TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES, CAMBRIDGE
As modern technologies become more and more intertwined with our professional and private lives, it is vital that we take a critical look at linguistic and ethical concerns in relation to our handling of these artificially intelligent systems.
STEVEN CONNOR, CENTER DIRECTOR, CAMBRIDGE
To be human is to use tools, and we have always been homo technicus. We aim in CRASSH to make sense of the new ways in which, acting on the world through new technologies, we also remake ourselves.
Thomas A. Carlson, Center Director, Santa Barbara
To answer the spiritual emptiness of consumer culture, reactive extremism in religion and politics, and radical transformations of life by technology, we need the humanities.
Francesca Tarocco, Board Member, Venice
As a scholar of Asian Studies, I am deeply invested in collegial work that has the potential to have an impact across disciplinary, regional and national boundaries within Asia and beyond. At the Center for Humanities and Social Change, I am committed to nourishing projects and collaborations that critically examine the radical interconnectedness of the modern world and illuminate our multiple configurations of place, time, matter and meaning.
UNA YEUNG, CENTER ADMINISTRATOR, CAMBRIDGE
In an age of rapid technological and social change we find ourselves at a crossroads. The center’s interdisciplinary teams are engaged in groundbreaking research, seeking answers that will guide us along the right path. I am excited to be a part of this initiative.
Zeynep Gambetti, Senior Fellow, Berlin
If history is valuable for understanding fascism, it is not because it enables us to describe what happened, but rather because it allows us to deduce from a specific combination of elements the effects that similar constellations are likely to produce today.
Zoë Sutherland, Dissertation Fellow 2017/18, Santa Barbara
As poetic making informs how individuals come to know and value each other in the early modern period, so for me it opens up questions of freedom and equality in our own.