Dr Tanya Kant (University of Sussex) Making It Personal: Web personalisation, selfhood and algorithmic tactics 

The School of Media at the University of Brighton

is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of online research seminars:

Wednesday 13th May 2020 4.00pm-5.30pm

Attend via web browser here: https://tinyurl.com/y7vc2zus

Dr Tanya Kant (University of Sussex)

Making It Personal:

Web personalisation, selfhood and algorithmic tactics 

Targeted advertisements, tailored information feeds, and recommended content are now common and somewhat inescapable components of our everyday lives. With the help of searches, browsing history, purchases, likes, and other digital interactions, technological experiences are now routinely “personalised.” Companies with access to this information often downplay the fact that users’ personal data serves as a key form of monetisation, and their privacy policies tend to use the terms ‘personalisation’ and ‘customisation’ to legitimise the practice of tracking and algorithmically anticipating users’ daily movements.

This presentation explores the socio-cultural implications of this commercial drive to personalise, especially in relation to web users’ autonomy, knowledge production and performative identity practice. Drawing on the lived experiences of web users who confront personalisation as a market-driven everyday encounter, I explore how platforms’ efforts to personalise online engagements creates epistemic uncertainties for those anticipated by algorithms, produces a struggle for autonomy between the dividuated user and ‘personalised’ system, and imposes tense formations of identity configuration capable of performatively reconstituting users’ sense of self.


Tanya Kant is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies (Digital Media) at the University of Sussex, UK. She is author of Making It Personal: Algorithmic Personalization, Identity and Everyday Life (2020, Oxford University Press) and is Co-Managing Editor of the open access, multimedia publishing platform REFRAME.

Contact: Gemma Cobb g.cobb@brighton.ac.uk

All welcome, no booking required

Maria Amidu Art Installation

From the Socially Engaged Art Salon Brighton
Maria Amidu’s installation is now available as an online exhibition –

You can virtually visit the exhibition here: 

Maria will talk about her project and about socially engaged art in the time of social distancing.
More info here:
SEAS Brighton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Saturday, May 9th, 14:00. Please bring to the meeting / the table your favourite dessert.

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Meeting ID: 768 3122 0281
Password: seas09

Masterclass with Matt Kay, Documentary Filmmaker from Walks of Life Films

Masterclass with Matt Kay, Documentary Filmmaker from Walks of Life Films

Spaces are going quick to attend this exclusive masterclass with Matt Kay, Director of Walks of Life Films to learn all about how to get started in the industry and create short films.

If you would like to attend this exclusive event, please click the below Event Brite link and use the password WOLF to register.


When: Friday 21st February, 4pm-6.30pm

Where: Room 105, Edward Street building, Edward Street, Brighton

Matt will be sharing his insight on being a Netflix Originals director as well as how to break into the production industry as a student (Matt himself interned at Sky News). There will be a Q&A session with Matt as well as a preview of his award-winning short film ‘Little Miss Sumo‘.

About Matt

Matt founded Walks of Life Films in 2011 after making his first feature documentary ‘Over The Wall’ about a British football team’s journey to play in Palestine and has continued to make socially conscious, character led documentaries. Matt has directed and shot a variety of projects for broadcast, festivals and online including Netflix, BBC, Channel 4, SKY, The Guardian and over fifty film festivals. His latest project, Netflix Original ‘Little Miss Sumo’ premiered at London Film Festival, won several film festival awards and had its American premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

Become a more effective communicator

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On Wednesday (19 February) we bring back voice coach and public speaking expert Jude Bolton to deliver ‘Present Your Ideas With Impact’.

This free workshop takes place at Mithras House, Moulsecoomb campus, from 5.30–7.30pm.


Booking is essential


In the session – sponsored by Santander Universities – you will learn how to communicate with confidence and effectively. It will empower you to take on that next business pitch, job interview or presentation with improved self-assurance.


If you are entering the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition and hope to get shortlisted, this training will really help you deliver a quality pitch at beepurple’s Open Mic Night event.


There are a limited number of places. Reserve your free spot now.


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Free online peer-coaching training for creative women


University of Brighton alumna Beki Gowing is offering a free three-week online course. It’s for creative women who are working for themselves, freelancing or starting a business – or thinking about doing any of these things.

This online training will teach you the tools and techniques to set achievable goals, reflect on possible solutions, understand how you work best, and support other creative women facing the same issues.

It is all conducted online using video conferencing software, so can fit around your other commitments.

The training runs between Monday 2 March and Sunday 22 March. You’ll need to spend about 8 hours over the 3 weeks on the course (for the training, group practice sessions, and individual homework tasks).

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See what our engineers are creating


Beepurplers are invited to the University of Brighton’s Engineering Project Exhibition. It takes place on Wednesday 19 February (2.00–6.00pm) in the Advanced Engineering Building, University of Brighton, Lewes Road.

Each student will present their work on a poster and will welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide detailed information about their projects.

Many projects are industry or research-based and cover a wide range of disciplines, ranging through all aspects of engineering: automotive, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing, electrical and electronic.

“Let our students inspire you whilst you inspire them” says organiser Rebecca Tongue. For more information and to reserve your place, contact r.tonge@brighton.ac.uk.

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New Ideas Competition
Still time to win £1,500 for your idea


Do you have an idea for a new product, service or community project? The Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition is your chance to make it happen.

Even if you entered last time and did not get selected, we encourage you to enter again. There are two new questions, giving you a further opportunity to explain your idea and convince the judges you’re the best person to take it forward.

There are top prizes of £1500, £1000 and £500 available to win. There are also four runners-up prizes of £100.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch their ideas to judges at a city centre final on Wednesday 18 March 2020. Whether you are a team or an individual, you will receive expert pitching training in advance.

You can enter as many different ideas as you wish, but you must write one application form per idea. Your idea can only be for new products, services, or community projects, ie not for ventures you have already started up.

This competition is open to all students and recent graduates of the university (within the last three years).

The closing date for entries 9 March 2020.

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Brighton Digital Festival: Messy Edges Conference

The Messy Edge 2019

Organized by festival director Lawrence Hill,  Messy Edges, the Brighton Digital Festival’s annual conference, was a vibrant, hugely insightful and innovative day-long event which included a host of brilliant speakers, from Bill Thompson, to Catherine Allen, to Akeelah Bertram and Kuchena, Carmen Weisskopf of Mediengruppe Bitnik, Rhiannon Armstrong, Maya Indira Ganesh, Tonya Nelson and Dr. Nishant Shah. The conference highlighted the huge potential and productive activation of digital media to make the world a better place, but it also highlighted potential misuses and risks associated with their usage.

Kuchenga and Akeelah Bertram – whose work is part of the Digital Festival and currently in the show Desire Lines, Edward Street, University of Brighton. https://www.akeelahbertram.net

Emillie de Keulenaar from OlLab discussing the production of misinformation and the dissemination of far-right political thought across fringe and mainstream platforms.

Here (below and above) are some of Rhiannon Armstrong’s collaborative poems.

Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

Thursday 30th October
6:30 – 9pm
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St
Brighton, BN1 4AJ Continue reading Viral Open Sessions: Creating Culture Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.

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