Digitalization X Emancipation: Technological Images and Horizons for Social Memory and History

By Myriam Bahia Lopes and Gilson Schwartz.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Projects to bridge the so-called "digital divide" have reinforced a pattern of exclusion by designing autocratic uses of information and communication technologies. Social history and memory are also subject to power-knowledge networks established by State and private sector combinations of ideological and economic manipulation.

The discussion focuses on important case of urban intervention in the capital city of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, seen as an opportunity for the rescue of human and social values while also offering horizons for social capital accumulation and environmental recovery. However, the abuse of digital media has been a tool for the creation of despotic narratives. Against this trend, preservation or memory is subject to a critical perspective that may lead to the definition of digital emancipation as a new pattern of civic intelligence and community involvement in the promotion of a national cultural heritage.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Information Society, Intangible Values, Social Memory, Digital Emancipation

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.81-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.165MB).

Prof. Myriam Bahia Lopes

Professor, Department of Architecture Critical Analysis and History, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

Myriam Bahia Lopes completed her undergraduate and MA courses at University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in Brazil, and her PhD at University of Paris 7, in France. Her PhD thesis, Inscribed bodies: vaccination and bio-power, London and Rio de Janeiro 1840-1904, was successfully defended in 1997 under Professor Michelle Perrot’s supervision. Her first professional experiences were in Campinas, then in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, and Ouro Preto. She is now back to Belo Horizonte, her birthplace, where she teaches at the Department of Architecture Critical Analysis and History, in the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Coherently to her experiences, along which she has been carrying out an attentive look to diversity, history has become an important method to deal with difference and tolerance in society in various times and places. She coordinated the cultural and research activities at Casa dos Contos Museum, Ouro Preto (2001-2004) and nowadays is the head of the Nucleus of Science and Technique History (NEHCIT), UFMG. Among her recent publications, there is the book O Rio em Movimento. Quadors médicos e(m) história, 1890-1920, Rio de Janeiro FIOCRUZ (Rio de Janeiro in movement. Medical pictures and/in history, 1890-1920, Rio de Janeiro, FIOCRUZ, 2001) and the article The Collector in the Web, 2003.

Prof. Gilson Schwartz

Head of The City of Knowledge, ECA, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Economist, sociologist and journalist, created the City of Knowledge project as a Visiting Professor to the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo in 1999. In 2005 the City of Knowledge became a research group at the Department of Film, Radio and TV of the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo, where Gilson Schwartz teaches the newly created discipline of Iconomics for both graduate and undergraduate students in engineering, economics and business, information science, communication and arts.

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