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    MWS Web Forum Series 'The Digital Transformation'

    September 23, 2021 – October 28, 2021

    Organization: Harald Kümmerle, Franz Waldenberger

    The digital transformation (DT) encompasses the digitalization, connectivity, and virtualization of many aspects of our social, political, economic, and cultural life. The way we communicate and organize, access and consume information or design and conduct business have dramatically changed over the last two decades. But DT does not stop here. The resulting abundance of data and the fast development of ICT tools to aggregate, process and analyze these data including self- or deep-learning algorithms further widens and deepens its impact. Data driven knowledge creation offers both opportunities and risks. To exploit the former and control the latter requires new modes of governance. Our Web Forum Series will discuss the implications of DT from an international and multi-disciplinary perspective. We will put DT in historical context, analyze the likely consequences for knowledge production and governance, and compare respective national strategies.

    This lecture series is part of our research focus Digital Transformation – Discourses, Strategies and Processes.

    All lectures are held online at 21:00-23:00 (JST), 14:00-16:00 (CET), 08:00-10:00 (EDT), 05:00-07:00 (PST).


    October 28, 2021
    What the D does to History - The Digital Age as a New Historical Time Regime?

    Andreas FICKERS (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)
    moderated by Harald KÜMMERLE (DIJ)

    October 21, 2021
    The Future of Society – National Ambitions and Strategies

    Yuko HARAYAMA (Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of Japan)
    Dietmar HARHOFF (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)
    Ulrike SCHAEDE (University of California San Diego)
    moderated by Franz WALDENBERGER (DIJ)

    October 14, 2021
    Data Infrastructures and Open Science

    Miho FUNAMORI (National Institute of Informatics)
    Jeroen SONDERVAN (Utrecht University)
    Helmuth TRISCHLER (Deutsches Museum and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
    moderated by Harald KÜMMERLE (DIJ)

    September 30, 2021
    Governance in the Digital Age

    Kaori HAYASHI (University of Tokyo)
    Melike ŞAHINOL (OI Istanbul)
    moderated by Harald KÜMMERLE (DIJ)

    September 23, 2021
    Knowledge Production in a Data Driven Society

    Yoshiaki FUKAMI (Gakushuin University/Keio University)
    Itty ABRAHAM (National University of Singapore)
    Nadin HEÉ (Osaka University)
    moderated by Franz WALDENBERGER (DIJ)