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(Un)usual residence and the mobile academic: Critique through design


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Room 138, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths
Tuesday 10th July 2018, 2-4PM

How might citizen-generated data contribute to rethinking the fundamental assumption in official statistics that residence, home and work are aligned in a single state? This is the question of an ongoing experiment being conducted by ARITHMUS at the Department of Sociology on the category of ‘usual residents’, an international standard for defining a population base. We are inviting colleagues from CISP and other departments and centres to help us think through this question by drawing on our experiences as internationally mobile academics.

The informal workshop is part of the design of a citizen data app that can contribute to reimagining this international standard by experimenting with digital technologies to account for the multiplicity of lived experiences and ‘modes of living’. In the hands-on workshop involving a series of exercises we will experimentally conceive of how we might measure and identify ‘unusual residence’ and reflect on this as a mode of critique. We especially would like to learn from your experiences as an academic juggling frequent moves between countries (but we are open to different types of input).

Organised by Evelyn Ruppert, Funda Ustek-Spilda and Francisca Grommé, ARITHMUS, Department of Sociology/CISP

Registration required: please e-mail Francisca Grommé by 3rd July,

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