Noortje Marres and Bruno Latour working on the specification of new political entities.
On Friday, I participated in Bruno Latour’s ’An Enquiry Into Modes of Existence‘ project, through a one-day workshop organised by Noortje Marres and Bruno’s project team from SciencesPo Medialab. The aim of the workshop was to work with Bruno and his team to detect and specify new political entities and their modes, or tone, of existence. In the language of the project, this meant using empirical description to better know the proposition of ‘Pol’, or, in other words, to diagnose new political becomings.
Michael Guggenheim responding to Noortje’s talk on digital sociology.
Lisa Disch, from the School of Political Science, at the University of Michigan.
Analysing the form and content of political speeches.
For a more in-depth account of the workshop, by David Moats, click here.
Dan McQuillan speaking at the Data Practice seminar ‘The Data Practices of Citizen Science’.
On Tuesday January the 28th, the Data Practices seminar featured presentations by Christian Nold, Dan McQuillan and Tom August. The seminar addressed normative models of doing citizens science and participatory sensing, how public engagement is done by way of citizen science as well as considering new models of doing science, what Dan referred to as ‘critical science’ as response to post-normal science.
On the CSISP Online blog, Nick Shapiro has written a piece on the Data Practices of Citizen Science seminar and Goran Bečirevič and Hjalmar Carlsen provide some thoughts on previous seminars.
The Citizen Sense project team demonstrating their practice-based enquiry by way of sensor demonstrations.
On the 4th of December and as part of the ‘Data Practices’ seminar series, the Citizen Sense project team demo’d various sensor technologies as a way to present and discuss their practice-based enquiry into environmental data issues. Part of their research, mobilising design and STS, is to identify and understand new forms of citizenship, new practices and new political modes that are being brought about by environmental sensing and analysis.
My article ‘Prototyping as Event: Designing the Future of Obesity‘ has just been published by the Journal of Cultural Economy. In the article I employ the notion of ‘event’, drawing on the work of Whitehead, Stengers and Fraser, to explore and understand the practice of prototyping in design and how it eventuates multiple becomings in relation to obesity.