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January 9, 2017
by CISP Administrator
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Experimenting in the Plural. A Report on the Workshop “The New Experimentalisms”

By Kim Kullmann

The Workshop The New Experimentalisms, held on September 21st 2016 at CISP was organised in response to an expanding cross-disciplinary interest in experimentation as a mode of enquiry. While contemporary experimentalisms draw on a range of resources, from laboratory ethnographies in Science and Technology Studies to the early urban research of the Chicago School, such work is united in the assumption that knowing the world necessarily participates in its coming into being (see Guggenheim 2012; Kullman 2013). Instead of settling with empirical description, then, experimenters compose various types of devices and set-ups to induce new variations in phenomena, so as to bring out their transformative potential.… Continue reading

November 11, 2016
by Baki Cakici
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Sit down and write: A month of write-ins

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Sit down and write poster designed by Naho Matsuda.

Every Friday in November (4/11/18/25), 2016
10:00-12:00, Natura Café, Goldsmiths

Do you like writing alongside people? Would you like to try it? Join us for weekly write-ins at Natura during November where we mark the Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) and the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

We write in intervals of 20 minutes with short breaks between – we aim to complete 4 intervals each session. We’re a friendly group who have found this way of writing very productive. All are welcome. We look forward to writing with you!

Please contact Katherine Robinson or Baki Cakici for more information.… Continue reading

September 9, 2016
by CISP Administrator
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Workshop: The New Experimentalisms

The New Experimentalism

The New Experimentalism poster designed by Naho Matsuda.

A one day workshop at CISP/Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuesday September 20th 2016, 10-5pm

Room RHB 137a

Organised by Michael Guggenheim, Dan Neyland, Alex Wilkie

Recent Science and Technology Studies (STS) work on experiments has provided a basis for rethinking the terms, practices and consequences of experimentation. This has opened up opportunities to question, for example, experimental controls, provocative containments, training and professional practice. This work has also broadened the traditional STS focus on scientific laboratories to also include economic, social scientific and commercial experimentation, exploring new territories of experimentation and their attendant means of reproducing the world.… Continue reading

June 18, 2014
by Joe Deville
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From Openness to Openings: Reflections on the Experiments in Knowledge Production workshop

Science and Technology Studies (STS) has a long-standing interest in analysing the politics of knowledge production. One of its strengths has been the demonstration of the contingencies, blindspots and power-plays that are wrapped up in the creation, standardisation, and distribution of knowledge about the world across a variety of domains. STS has, however, been less good in confronting the challenge that the rise of digital publishing and the Open Access (OA) movement poses to the conditions of its own forms of knowledge production and distribution. This is the encounter that was staged at a workshop that took place at Goldsmiths on the 20th March earlier this year, organised and hosted by CSISP.… Continue reading

June 2, 2014
by Martin Savransky
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The Many Lives and Deaths of the Social: A Comment on CSISP’s 10th Anniversary Symposium

At a time when a myriad of birth certificates increasingly declare novel ‘turns’ in the modes of thinking and practice of the social sciences and STS, it becomes progressively difficult to know what one is turning from, where one is turning to, and whether the very notion of ‘turning’ has not itself become a means of remaining still while one continues to think in circles. In this sense, one might be left wondering about the implications of a certain biopolitics of objects and concepts at work in the development of social scientific and STS propositions. As Achille Mbembe (2003) has taught us through his incisive reflection on late modern colonial occupations, however, attention to the politics of life must also include questions around the politics of death– biopolitics and necropolitics go hand in hand.Continue reading