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May 5, 2017
by Alex Wilkie
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Speculative Research Day & Book Launch

To celebrate the recent publication of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, edited by Alex Wilkie, Martin Savransky, and Marsha Rosengarten), this event co-organised by The Unit of Play and the Centre for Invention and Social Process will bring many of the authors in the collection as well as other international scholars together for a day-long, experimental summer school. Throughout the day we will collectively explore the challenges and potentialities of speculative thought and practice through a series of hands-on experimental workshops, situated reflections, and roundtable discussions.

Research Students and ECRs from all disciplines are especially encouraged to attend. … Continue reading

April 10, 2017
by Baki Cakici
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CISP Salon 2016/17 Review: STS Then and Now

Throughout the history of the Centre for Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths, the CISP Salon has been a venue for academic discussion across disciplines, with an evolving format decided according to the needs of the science and technology studies (STS) community by a rotating group of organisers.

During the 2016 Autumn and 2017 Spring terms, we were given the opportunity to lead the CISP Salon, which we structured as four reading groups. As the Spring term draws to a close and we prepare to hand over the Salon responsibility, we wanted to briefly reflect on our Salon experience.

We strove to compose an outward looking programme to reach STS scholars and interested readers with different levels of experience and different disciplinary backgrounds.… Continue reading

March 13, 2017
by Baki Cakici
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CISP Salon: Postcolonial STS (Mar 15, 2017)

cisp salon 4 - postcolonial sts

CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Postcolonial STS
March 15 (Wednesday) 2017
3:00pm-5:00pm, Warmington Tower 1204

Over the past 40 years, Science and Technology Studies (STS) has grown with contributions from many disciplines, sometimes leading to complicated genealogies concerning its many theoretical commitments. During the Autumn and Spring terms, we will meet to discuss two texts in conversation with each other to trace how theories and methods have changed over time. With this reinvention of the CISP Salon, we aim to offer an entry point to STS for those new to the field, as well as providing a new discussion for those familiar with the literature.… Continue reading

February 15, 2017
by CISP Administrator
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How to Make an Archive Travel? The Launch of the WAL App

WAL App Launch Event

Poster design by Naho Matsuda.

This event marks the official launch of the Women’s Art Library (WAL) App. The launch provides an occasion for women artists, academics, students and all other members of the interested public to engage with materials from the archive, learn more about the Women’s Art Library and also try on the Wal App with devices provided by the Library.

The WAL App is part of a project called How to Make an Archive Travel? led by Ana-Maria Herman (Research Associate at the Women’s Art Library and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Invention and Social Process).… Continue reading

February 3, 2017
by CISP Administrator
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This is the Modern World?

This is the Modern World?

An expedition through the REF and other ‘neoliberal’ times

Inaugural lecture by Daniel Neyland

In collaboration with Vera Ehrenstein and Sveta Milyaeva

What times do we live in and how should we get through them? To address this question I suggest using Latour’s notion of The Modern as a departure point for an expedition through the devices of ‘neoliberalism’ (a term that loses as much as it gains through usage). From emissions trading, advance market commitments, to social impact bonds, we will explore how these devices anticipate a pure and linear time of progress, only to be overwhelmed by hybridity and plurality.… Continue reading