Expertise? A scoping workshop exploring expertise in the context of digital transformation in relation to culture and communities

Organised by Digital Economy Communities & Culture Network+
with the support of Centre for Material Digital Culture, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex

A day-long workshop and symposium exploring Expertise and Digital Transformations. Part of a programme of activities designed to better understand what skills, knowledge, and competencies, cultural organizations and communities need to enable fuller and more autonomous engagements with digital media.

Speakers, contributors and participants include:

Professor Maureen McNeil (Lancaster University/CESAgen), Professor Matt Hills (Aberystwyth University), Dr. Helen Thornham, (Leeds University/EPSRC/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Dr. Helen Kennedy (Leeds University), Dan Chalmers (Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Sarah Atkinson (Brighton University/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Professor Peter Cheng (University of Sussex), Andrew Duff, Kevin Bacon (Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries), Dr. Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex RCMDC/Goldsmiths), Dr. Katie Howland (University of Sussex), Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex), Justin Harbottle (Terrence Higgins Trust), Dr. Georgina Voss (University of Brighton), Dr. David Berry (Swansea University), Dr. Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex/EPSRC/Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+), Cecile Chevalier, Russell Pearce, Dr. Edgar Gomez (Leeds University, EPSRC).


9:00 – 9:15 (coffee/arrival)/ 9:15 – 9:30 (welcome etc.)

9:15 – 9:30 Introduction:

Caroline Bassett (Expertise: A Scoping Study) [15] AR

Session I (9:30 – 10:30) Expertise in Contexts

Sharif Mowlabocus/Justin Harbottle [20] “”…But, then, what do I know!?: A conversation about expertise, research and gay men’s health promotion”

Helen Kennedy [20] “Digital Challenges to Expertise”

(chair: Edgar Gomez)

Session II (10:30 – 11:45) Expertise in Code and Fiction?

Matt Hills [20] “Exploring the Whoniverse: Hyper-diegesis and worlds of Doctor Who fan knowledge”

George Voss [20] “The predicted internet isn’t the internet at all!”: Science fictional expertise and innovation practices”

David Berry [20] “Expertise and the New Aesthetic”

(chair: Joan Haran )

Break Coffee – 11:45. – 12:00

Session III (12:00 – 13:00) Understanding ‘Expertise’ : Two Takes

Maureen McNeil [20] “Between the cracks: the social relations of technology and expertise”

Peter Cheng [20] “Cognitive Science approaches to expertise: theory, measures and enhancement”

(chair: David Berry)

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

Session IV 14:00 – 14:40 The EPSRC Scoping Study

Aristea Fotopoulou, Katy Howland, [40] “Expertise scoping study: Literature, policy framings and voices from the community”

(chair: Helen Thornham)

Session V 14:50 – 16:05 Theories and Practices

Dan Chalmers [20] “Location”

Helen Thornham [20] “Embedded Expertise and the Everyday”

Kevin Bacon [20] “‘Content, curation and conversation’: expertise and digital strategy at the Royal Pavilion and Museums”

(Chair: Katy Howland)

Break: Coffee – 16:05 – 16:15 (Silverstone building)

Session VI (16:20 – 17:20)

Sarah Atkinson [20] “The Anatomy of a Film: collaborative endeavour and the archiving of expertise in the digital age”

Cecile Chevalier/Andrew Duff/Russell Pearce [30] “Collaboration”

(Chair: Aristea Fotopoulou)

Closing Discussion…

Timings 9:00 – 18:00


  • Lunch, Registration etc. Silverstone Common Room (second floor Silverstone Building)
  • Morning Sessions: Theatrette (second floor Silverstone Building)
  • Afternoon Sessions: PM: A103 (Arts A)

Event Organizers: Organizers Caroline Bassett and Lefteris Zenerian, (with Aristea Fotopoulou and Katie Howland). Illustration: Nanette Hoogslag.

Contact: Eleftherios Zenerian <E.Zenerian@sussex.ac.uk>.

For directions about how to get to the University of Sussex, visit the Maps and Directions page.

Download the Workshop poster here.


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