Annual Digital Lecture

Exploration of digital ideas is an important part of our archival work. The Annual Digital Lecture offers the opportunity to hear from leading speakers and pioneering practitioners on a topic related to digital research, in addition to highlighting some of the innovative digital work happening at The National Archives. You can find out more about our research activities, projects, and academic collaborations on our Research page.

This year’s Annual Digital Lecture, on Tuesday 28 November 2023, will be delivered by Arda Awais and Savena Surana, the co-founders of Identity 2.0 – a creative studio that works at the intersection of digital rights, technology, and identity.  

Drawing on their individual and collaborative work, this lecture will examine the ways in which digital spaces impact our understanding and creation of memories. It explores how technology has impacted our collective sense of memory and memory-making, and how in response, our understanding of archiving is evolving beyond traditional structures. 

The lecture will be followed by Q&A session moderated by Prof. Daniela Petrelli, Professor of Interaction Design at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Tuesday 28 November 2023, 11:00 – 12:15 GMT, Zoom
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Past lectures: 

2022: Kate Crawford, ‘Ground Truth: In the Archives That Train Machine Learning’.  

2021: Lauren F Klein, ‘Data Feminism and the Archive’. You can watch the lecture here. 

2020: Carly Kind, ‘The death of anonymity in the age of identity’. You can listen to the audio recording of the online event here. You can see our 2020 Annual Digital Lecture: Staff research poster exhibition here. 

2019: Safiya Noble, ‘Algorithms of Oppression’. You can watch a video from the event here. 

2018: Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford, ‘Semantic Capital: what it is and how to protect it’. This lecture was not recorded.