Engaging Conflicts in a Digital Era (ENCODE)

Interdisciplinary Research Group at HSL/ISK and BFE/NFH

The ENCODE-research group connects and coordinates research initiatives at UiT that focus on possible, preferable, and probable futures. Specific attention will be directed to implications of technology-uses in such fields as resource extraction (including the extraction of data), education (including focus on AI) and cultural representation, and at the various conflicts that might develop from such applications. ENCODE aims at creating synergies between various networks and initiatives at UiT working on related issues and at facilitating the development of funding applications directed at national and international bodies.

We adopt a wide definition of conflict and focus the field onto future persepctives through the lens of discourses about and uses of technology. As such we invite critical focus on the implications of technology-use and -discourses in a variety of fields and subjects from interdisciplinary vantage points. The role of new network technologies in contemporary warfare, as such, falls equally within the purview of this research group as do studies of the possible, potential, and probable future implications of new extractivist and educational technologies or approaches to the representation and enactment of class or gender in for instance literature, film, games, machinima, or on commercial social media platforms.

A regular research seminar will enable continuous academic exchange on key theoretical and methodological issues, and will provide an opportunity for researchers, as well as PhD and MA students to present and receive feedback on their work.

The hub is coordinated by Holger Pötzsch, UiT Tromsø.

The ENCODE research group has a close cooperation with the CRAFT Research Lab at NFH/BFE coordinated by Melania Borit.


ENCODE-related projects & activities:

Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture

Reimagining Games, Art, and Performativity - Doctoral consortium at CEEGS 2024 (Oct. 10-12, 2024), University of the Peleponnes, Nafplio

The Meanings and Makings of Games - Doctoral consortium at CEEGS 2023 (Oct. 19-21, 2023), Macromedia Universität Leipzig

Putting the Cybermedia Model into Educational Practice - ENCODE panel at Nordic DiGRA (April 26-28, 2023), Uppsala University

AI, Machine Learning & Human-Machine Relations - a film series at Verdensteatret Cinematek, Tromsø (2023-)

Algorithmic Governance in Context: Project workshop at UiT (May 19-21, 2022; funded via NOS-HS; video lectures available here)

The Futures of Games and Game Studies: Symposium and Doctoral Consortium at IT University Copenhagen (April 6-8, 2022; full programme available here)

Research seminar

Guest lectures

Other activities

Project WARGAME (2015-19), internal UiT-site can be accessed here

Project Algorithmic Governance in Context (AGiC; 2019-22)

Transmedia Histories (PhD-projects 2015-20)