‘Disrupting the Post-Pandemic University’ by Mark Carrigan and Milan Stürmer

By Kirsten Forkert on October 25th, 2022

It has been widely observed that the pandemic led to an enforced digitalisation in higher education. Familiar modes of interaction like meetings, seminars and conferences came to feel strange to most as mediation through video conferencing platforms like Zoom became the norm. Reflection on this phenomenon tends to imply a uniform experience which fails to recognise the range of experiences amongst academic staff during the pandemic.

Through an experiment with glitching and medium specific noise we explore the role of audio in the unfolding of these developments. How much does the audio quality actually matter in our capacity and willingness to listen? And is it just a question of technical expertise or are formal considerations — a dialogue or a monologue, short form or long exposé — equally important? Through two monologues and a dialogue this contribution explores how our expectations of digital content are shaped along generational lines and across the digital divide.

Mark Carrigan is a Digital Sociologist at the Manchester Institute of Education where he leads the MA Digital Technologies, Communication & Education (DTCE) and co-lead the DTCE Research & Scholarship group.

Milan Stürmer is based at Leuphana University Lüneburg’s Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), where he works on the economic elements of participation, connected with the Media and Participation research project.