Beyond Numbers: a celebration of Ada Lovelace

location Sussex Humanities Lab | 2 PM-6 PM Tuesday 09 October 2018 (GMT)

Ada Lovelace Day, held on the second Tuesday of October every year, is an international celebration of the achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths which aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and create new role models for both girls and women studying or working in STEM.

“Beyond Numbers” coincides with this day and is specifically interested in exploring the potential identified by Ada Lovelace of machines to ‘act upon other things besides numbers’ to ‘compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity’. The aim of this particular event is to celebrate women, non-binary and transgender scientists, artists, musicians, researchers and thinkers whose works are based on scientific, technological and/or mathematical methods. A combination of all is most welcome! Following our theme, it’s a day where the fusion of science and creative arts has no limits, outreaches beyond the “numerical”, and provides a friendly space for local community to find out about one another. To share, to engage and to collaborate, in other words to bring us closer together.

This event is organized by Dr Sharon Webb and Ioann Maria and will feature a number of speakers.

• Sharon Webb — Opening of the event — When computers were people: historical overview of the role of women in technology

• Kate Howland – Talking Programming: research on designing voice user interface support for end-user programming in home automation

• Cécile Chevalier – Automata, automatism and instrument making toward computational corporeal expressions

• Akiko Haruna – Self value in the face of Ego: A/V and electronic music scene

• Estela Oliva – Hybrid worlds, new realities

• Irene Fubara-Manuel – Dreams of Disguise: An Auto ethnographic Account of Virtual Borders talk + video screening

• Ioann Maria – Contra-control structures: hacktivism, cyberactivism and women

– Open discussion with the audience ++ drinks



  • ioann maria

    Research Tech in Digital Humanities @SussexHumsLab PGP 8D16 1D63 989E 0DE8 2277 E17F 7FC6 08E2 E362 7025

  • Dr Sharon Webb

    Digital Humanities Lecturer, PI for British Academy Rising Star Award, ‘Identity, Representation and Preservation in Community Digital Archives and Collections’


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