18 August 2020, 18.30 – 20:00 BST

Common Bond Society

Common Bond Society has been commissioned as part of UP Projects digital commissioning strand, This is Public Space and consists of a series of online IRC chat rooms. This event will therefore be hosted within this unique context with participants contributing to a discussion by typing their thoughts and responses in an IRC chat. The conversation will be chaired by cultural programmer and producer Siddharth Khajuria with participation from scholar, academic and multi-published author Zizi Papacharissi amongst others.

This event has been curated to discuss the political and civic potential of the digital realm. It has been curated in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and our resultant increased reliance on the online realm as a primary space for interaction and exchange. In times of physical separation therefore, how and in what ways does the Internet enable individuals to interact with each other in public life? Is it possible for a “public sphere” to exist online and what are the models that foster, sustain or challenge the existence of a public sphere online?