Social Sciences After Dark: Disturbing Technology

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RMIT Culture co-presents Social Sciences After Dark: Disturbing Technology, which explores humanity’s deepest anxieties through a horror double bill. This event is the first in the Social Sciences After Dark series, a celebration of the power of film as a window on human society.  

First, a story by RMIT alum James Wan: in M3GAN (2022) we meet a grief-stricken girl and the remarkably disturbing doll who becomes her friend. Next, we mark the 40th anniversary of David Cronenberg’s classic VIDEODROME (1983), where the disturbing technology is the television signal.  

Engage with a panel of diverse social scientists between films for a rousing discussion about our deepest fears of technological change, and the implications for society.   

Social Sciences After Dark is a highlight of RMIT’s events marking national Social Sciences Week, convened by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  It is a RMIT Engaging for Impact event and is supported by the RMIT Enabling Impact Platforms, College of Design and Social Context, College of Business and Law, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and RMIT Culture.  


Dr Jessica Balanzategui (Media and Communication, RMIT University)


Assoc/Prof Jordy Kaufman (Psychology, Swinburne University of Technology)
Dr Alexia Kannas (Media and Communication, RMIT University)
Dr Jacinthe Flore (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)

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