Colette Colligan is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. She is co-founder of SFU Library’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab and directs a study abroad field school in France in partnership with the Université de Tours. She specialises in book history, print and media culture, and digital cultural heritage, with a particular focus on transnational 19th- and 20th-century cultures and sexual history. Her most recent book, A Publisher’s Paradise.
Digital technology has overwhelmed our industries, our services, our ways of consuming, our behaviour, it is changing deeply our access to knowledge, health, information and even our relationship to the other. Everyone is currently looking to digital technology. The El Dorado of the 21st Century, this revolution has already begun and is not going to stop. But is it a fatality for the citizen? Should they be carried off by a power which very often has no democratic existence? Can they influence this process? Are they uniquely a consumer?
This research program, run by the GATE L-SE (UMR 5824) and CERCRID (UIMR 5137) research groups, asks the question of renewal (or not) of economic and legal reflections on legislation in Europe in the digital era. To respond, a meeting of minds of jurists, IT professionals, and economists will be useful for better getting to grips with structural challenges brought about by this technology.
Two main questions are raised: firstly, does an optimal way exist to qualify virtual money? And secondly, does the the blockchain protocol question the foundations of contract and property law?
The Research and Prospective Pole of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), supports the creation of projects dedicated to innovative themes in the humanities and social sciences (SHS).
This call for projects is a new feature of one of the main missions of the FMSH, which is to provide scientific and material support to research projects that are in the early stages of their development and can use the support of the FMSH to develop further their scientific content, methodology, and research networks.