The paper ‘Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Energy Community Groups’ received an Honourable Mention Award at CHI 2015 – ACM Conference on Human Factors In Computer Systems. The paper was co-authored with Bill Gaver, Mike Michael, Tobie Kerridge, Andy Boucher, Liliana Ovalle and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.
With Jennifer Gabrys, Michael Guggenheim, Noortje Marres, Dan Neyland and Evelyn Ruppert I’m involved in launching and editing a new journal that brings together contributions that span science and technology studies with art and design.
Call for Contributions for the Launch of
‘Demonstrations: Journal for Experiments in the Social Studies of Technology’
Demonstrations is a new open access online platform for publications at the intersection of science and technology studies, art and design, to be launched in the autumn of 2015. For our inaugural issue, we invite contributions exploring the theme of ‘demonstration’ by intellectual and creative means, in the form of research articles, review essays as well as more reflective contributions.
About the journal
Demonstrations is an interdisciplinary platform that aims to publish peer-reviewed contributions that combine creative approaches with science and technology studies. It provides this new and sprawling area an appropriate platform for publication, experiment and reflection. We hope to publish both more conventional articles on methodological, theoretical and empirical issues, but also and primarily items that combine and play with methods, media, materials and theories in novel ways. As an online platform, Demonstrations has a number of advantages for such publications over conventional journals, most obviously the fact that it is easy to include high resolution audio-visual material with decreasing space limitations. We then hope that Demonstrations becomes the main hub for a number of emerging traditions across the social studies of science, technology, art and design which are difficult to classify and which combine ethnography and art and design as well as digital and environmental methods.
Demonstrations is conceived as a platform for varieties of contributions, rather than as a traditional journal. We plan to offer a set of different possible templates for content and we will publish contributions not in issues, but continuously as part of annual volumes. Some of these will be assembled in thematic collections but on a dynamic basis, as part of or after publication. This will allow us to publish items in a more timely fashion. Each contribution will have a stable DOI, which makes it equivalent to a journal article.
For the platform launch, we invite contributions that examine, review and provoke intellectual and creative contexts for Demonstrations. Since its very inception, social studies of science and technology (STS) have taken a special interest in the public staging of knowledge and innovation, and over the last decades this work has been extended into spaces of creative and curatorial practice by leading figures in design, art and STS. For the inaugural issue of Demonstrations, we invite contributions to showcase these new directions in creative and critical research on and deployment of demonstrations across STS, art and design.
We invite three types of contributions:
a) Research contributions that showcase the critical and creative analysis of demonstrations as well as the deployment of demonstrations as devices of social and cultural research and intervention.
b) Review contributions that present and review the state of the art in demonstrations across the fields of STS, art and design.
c) Reflections on the theme of demonstration in relation to STS literatures and performative traditions in art and design.
Submission of contributions: May 15, 2015
Review of contributions: July 15, 2015
Final submission: September 15, 2015
Provided it follows the Demonstrations formatting guidelines, a submission can contain all kinds of media, including text, images and video. Detailed formatting guidelines will appear on the journal website soon. If you plan to submit a visually complex contribution, please get in contact with the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org). The submissions guidelines can be found at http://bit.ly/1CpwlUZ.
Demonstrations is housed in the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths and hosted by Goldsmiths Library.
Editorial Collective: Jennifer Gabrys, Michael Guggenheim, Noortje Marres, Dan Neyland, Evelyn Ruppert, Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths)
Editorial Assistant: Laurie Waller
Designer: Danah Abdulla
Editorial Board: Carl DiSalvo (Atlanta), Matt Fuller (Goldsmiths), Lucy Kimbell (London), Bernd Kräftner (Vienna), Javier Lezaun (Oxford), Daniel Lopez (Barcelona), Amade M’Charek (Amsterdam), Katja Mayer (Vienna), Anna Munster (Sydney), Michelle Murphy (Toronto), Tahani Nadim (Berlin), María Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester), Israel Rodriguez Giralt (Barcelona), Tomas Sanchez Criado (Barcelona), Alex Taylor (Oxford), Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths), Gisa Weszkalnys (London).
I’ve been interviewed as part of an AHRC commissioned project ‘ProtoPublics‘. As described on the site, during the interview I talk “about ‘putting pressure on the social’, the potentials in the interface between computational technology and politics and how he uses Actor Network Theory (ANT) in his work”. ProtoPublics also features interviews with Rob Imrie, Rachel Aldred, Tim Schwanen, Noortje Marres, Pelle Ehn and Cat Rossi.
On the 11th of March doctoral students in design from Brighton University and Goldsmiths convened at the Victoria & Albert Museum to discuss the topics of engagement, implications and relevance of doctoral research in design. Here’s the blurb from the handout:
“During this session at the V&A we will discuss the topics of ‘engagement’, ‘implications’ and ‘relevance’ of doctoral research. We will consider the epistemic value of PhD research in design, whether practice-based, written or some combination of the two. We will explore the kinds of knowledge produced as part of your research, who or what this knowledge addresses, whom or what is affected or implicated by the outcomes of your research as well as the relevance of your research to the discipline of design as well as other disciplines, stakeholders, implicated parties etc.
It is worth noting that we are using the terms engagement, implications and relevance as indicators of the practical concerns of design researchers as well as theoretical concepts that can be used to sensitise us to the epistemic politics of our research. The notion of engagement has, for example, has been taken up by scholars on the Public Understanding of Science (within the field of Science and Technology Studies) to denote how the researched (e.g. publics) can contribute to and are shaped in knowledge production (Wynne, 2006; DiSalvo, 2009; Michael, 2012). In terms of implications, Paul Dourish (2006) provides a useful provocation in which the role of ethnography in design can be better understood as providing an analytic sensibility as well as a theoretical orientation to understanding social practices and technology in order to inform IT design. Arguably, there is little debate about the ‘relevance’ of design research and its contribution and accountability to policy objectives. Although ‘users’ play a conspicuous and normative role In design discourse (as primarily essentialist entities) it is, perhaps, to the social sciences (e.g. Rappert, 1999; Burawoy, 2005) that we can look to provoke debates around the users of our own knowledge practices as well as a more reflexive discussion about the epistemic politics and utility of design.”
The seminar was organised by Guy Julier and myself.
The paper ‘Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Community Groups’ has been accepted for the CHI 2015 conference, authored by Bill, Mike, Tobie, myself, Andy, Liliana and Matthew.