DIGITHUM applies a relational perspective on the analysis of processes of social inclusion and exclusion, subjective experiences, social bonds and cultural heritage and production/consumption

ISSN 1575-2275

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/issn.1575-2275

The name of our journal makes reference to the distance that is between our subjective experience and our cultural heritage which in an unfinished process of interrelationality constitutes our culture. Simmel defined culture as the continuous coming and going between objective culture and subjective culture; a process that is necessarily always mediated. People have the capacity to create objects bestowed with a meaning that survives longer than they themselves, which then shapes the lives of others who have in many cases never had direct contact with those who materialised what they wished to pass on. In fact, our lives are always built on this anonymous heritage that we meet as soon as we enter this world. We are heirs in this sense, weave our social relations and identities on the shoulders of other persons and generations, transforming into giants on so many people’s shoulders. We live our lives by building on millions of objects, social forms, traditions, languages, past presences, entities and institutions which might have disappeared, and we embody this legacy according to the conditions from which we can live and create our lives. Digithum wants to deal with and analyse these relational bonds, the objectified fingerprints (digitum) and their productive force, their consequences and forms of expression, all at a time of profound transformation in objective culture and ways of relating with others, with and via culture. New media, communication via computers, mobile phones, Internet... all of these digital devices and spaces have changed the way we go through our daily lives, connect with others, receive and pass on our legacy. The fingerprint (digitum) has become itself digital. New forms and possibilities in preserving and transmitting culture correspond with new ways of creating subjectivities, memories and oblivion, some of them searched for and desired, others not sought after nor desired, as a result of former actions and decisions.

Iss.18 (January 2016)

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Natàlia Cantó-Milà, Narcís Figueras


Natàlia Cantó-Milà
Sylvia Terpe
Swen Seebach, Enrique Baleriola Escudero, Marco Maureira Velásquez, Pedro Torrejon Cano
Yvonne Albrecht
Isaac Gonzàlez


Natàlia Cantó
Thomas Luckmann, Hans-Georg Hans-Georg Soeffner, Georg Vobruba