Keynote speakers

Paul Crawford

‘Minding Stories: Health Humanities and the Power of Tales’

Professor Crawford introduces a range of innovative work in the health humanities across the areas of narrative, storytelling and reading.  He outlines such areas as storytelling as therapy, incomprehensibility and narrative, digital storytelling, humiliation narratives, reading rooms, reading groups and animated stories. 

He argues that narrative is both integral to any health service but also a mainline for social and cultural assets that can transform minds and bodies. Stories are, in many ways, a shadow health service.

Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences, Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, and Co-Director of Nottingham Health Humanities Research Priority Area, University of Nottingham, UK.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

As the founding father of the new, global and rapidly developing field of health humanities, Professor Crawford leads various research in applying the arts and humanities to inform and transform healthcare, health and wellbeing. He is currently Principal Investigator for three projects funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery (£1,203,198), Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020 (£677,065), Dementia Arts and Wellbeing Network (£24,215) and CI for MARCH an ESRC/UKRI £1.25m Mental Health Network + to advance arts assets for people with mental health challenges. Professor Crawford has written over 120 publications including Health Humanities (2010) and Companion for Health Humanities (Routledge, forthcoming 2019).

Lelia Green

‘Confident, capable and world-changing: Teenagers and digital citizenship’

Around the world policy makers are exploring the kinds of skills and competencies that teenagers need to have to contribute to society as digital citizens.  Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child framework, this presentation explores the competencies already demonstrated by many of today’s adolescents and addresses the priorities identified by policymakers.  This compares and contrasts the top-down conception of blueprints for digital citizenship with the active performance of citizenship in digital spaces produced by so many young people. 

Drawing upon examples of small-scale teenage activism, and linking these to the big questions of our age: climate change, gender equity, gun control, and social justice, the presentation moves beyond discussions of tech-addiction and online passivity to an investigation of adolescents’ strategic employment of digital resources to share their vision for a more equitable future.

Lelia Green has been researching young peoples’ lives online since 2002.  She is the author of Communication, Technology and Society (Sage, 2001); The Internet: An Introduction to New Media (Berg, 2010); and co-editor of Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying Among Young People (Springer, 2019); Digitising Early Childhood (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019); Framing Technology: Society, Choice and Change (Allen + Unwin, 1994) and The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children (Forthcoming 2020). 

Lelia has been a chief investigator on 6 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants and 7 ARC Linkage Projects.  She is Professor of Communications in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

Please note: Professor Lelia Green’s keynote presentation will be held in the House of Representatives at MOAD on Thursday July 4 from 5.30-6.30pm. As this keynote will also be open to the public, we kindly request that you register separately for this session via the MOAD website. There is no additional cost for ANZCA delegates to attend, but you must register as places are limited.

David Karpf

‘Politics in Internet Time: Lessons from the first 25 years of the Digital Revolution’

It seems we have been in a state of permanent digital revolution for a quarter-century. In this lecture, Dave Karpf will look back at how we thought the Internet was going to change society, and compare it to the predictions that are being made today.

Drawing both from his research on digital political associations and from a recent project studying the history of the digital future, Karpf will discuss five key points that often go overlooked when we project the future of digital technology and society.

David Karpf is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Media & Public Affairs at George Washington University. He teaches and conducts research on strategic political communication in the digital age, with a particular focus on the use of technology within political organizations.

He is the award-winning author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2016). His work has been published in a wide range of academic journals, and has also appeared in The Nation, Nonprofit Quarterly, The American Prospect, and WIRED magazine.

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