We are delighted to announce the upcoming Scaffolding Agency and Attention 
Conference, taking place on April 28th 2023 at Macquarie University. 
David Spurrett, Jelle Bruineberg, Nick Brancazio, Alex Gillett, Amanda Third, 
and Michoel Moshel
Conference topic: 
Digital technologies provide their users with a large range of novel 
opportunities for action, allowing for new ways of agential engagement. At the 
same time, there is ongoing concern that the omnipresence of digital 
technologies makes it more difficult to focus on the things that matter to us. 
This is in part due to conscious design choices to direct the user's attention 
in ways that can be detrimental to their well-being, but might be due to 
inadvertent design choices as well. Investigating human-technology interactions 
requires us to consider the mismatch between idealized conceptions of agency as 
taking advantage of the environment according to predetermined goals and a more 
situated conception of agency in which the environment plays a more 
constitutive role. This conference will bring together insights from multiple 
disciplines to investigate the tension between providing endless possibilities 
for action and at the same time limiting attention and agency.
The conference will be held in the Macquarie Arts Function Centre (Arts 
Precinct, Level 1, Building C) from 9:30am-5:30pm. It will also be 
live-streamed via zoom (not recorded). 
More information and the program will be available on our conference website: 
Please register your attendance via this link before April 25th:
Organised by Jelle Bruineberg and Nick Brancazio. Conference is open to all. 
In collaboration with The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, 
Values and Ethics (CAVE).
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