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January 6, 2017
by Baki Cakici
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CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure (Jan 18, 2017)

CISP Salon - Infrastructures

CISP Salon poster designed by Naho Matsuda.

 

CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure
January 18 (Wednesday) 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm, 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.

At the third CISP Salon on Wednesday January 18, we will discuss how the notion of infrastructure has changed and been studied over time. We will begin with Star’s Ethnography of Infrastructure to understand the methodological issues surrounding the study of infrastructure. We will then discuss how these issues appear in Donovan’s study of social movements and their use of communications infrastructure. The required reading is as follows:

Donovan, J. 2016. “‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ Phreaking the Party Line from Operators to Occupy.” Information, Communication & Society 19 (5): 601–17.

Star, S. L. 1999. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43 (3): 377–91.

Please contact Baki Cakici () or Jess Perriam () for any queries. We look forward to seeing you!

November 14, 2016
by Alex Wilkie
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The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation

 

The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation

The event of invention: Deleuze and the art of experimentation

23 November 2016
5 – 7pm DTH 109
Speakers: Dr Craig Lundy and Dr Jon Roffe

The work of Gilles Deleuze has been a great source of inspiration for those interested in the nature, meaning and practice of invention and experimentation. Aside from the conceptual resources that his philosophy affords for rethinking these themes, Deleuze’s work also has much to tell us about the manner in which invention and experimentation involve an interplay of metaphysical, socio-political, scientific and aesthetic dimensions. In this session we will discuss a number of these intersections, including the ‘evental’ nature of invention, the creative capacity of repetition, and the claim that ‘invention has no cause’. Efforts will also be made to excavate key influences on Deleuze’s thoughts about experimentation, including the essayist/poet Charles Péguy and the important philosopher of biology and informatics Raymond Ruyer.

Craig Lundy is a Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University. The majority of Craig’s research has been concerned with processes of transformation – an interest that he has pursued through cross-disciplinary projects that explore and make use of developments in complexity studies, socio-political theory and 19th/20th century European philosophy. He is the author of History and Becoming: Deleuze’s Philosophy of Creativity (2012), Deleuze’s Bergsonism (forthcoming) and co-editor with Daniela Voss of At the Edges of Thought: Deleuze and Post-Kantian Philosophy (2015), all published by Edinburgh University Press.

Jon Roffe is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales, whose work is currently focused on the nature of money. The co-editor of a number of books on twentieth century and contemporary French philosophy, he is the author of Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012), Abstract Market Theory (Palgrave 2015) and Lacan Deleuze Badiou (EUP 2014) with AJ Bartlett and Justin Clemens. He has two forthcoming books on Deleuze: Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity (EUP 2016), and The Works of Gilles Deleuze (re-press 2017).

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.

October 6, 2016
by Baki Cakici
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CISP Salon: STS Then & Now

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CISP Salon poster designed by Naho Matsuda.

CISP Salon: STS Then & Now
October 27 (Thursday), 2016
3:00pm-6:00pm, 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.

At our first CISP Salon on Thursday October 27, we will discuss how the concept of cyborgs has changed over time, through the following texts:

Oudshoorn, N., 2016. The Vulnerability of Cyborgs: The Case of ICD Shocks. Science, Technology & Human Values 41, 767–792.
Haraway, D.J., 1991. A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Routledge, 149–181.

Refreshments will be served. Please contact Baki Cakici () or Jess Perriam () for any queries.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.

At the same time, scholars in STS, Sociology, Anthropology and Design have pursued experiments not just as an object of study, but also as something to do. Here we find, for example, experiments with algorithmic walks, expertise and issues. An earlier critique of experiments as artificial and interventionist has given way to a new embracing of material staging of situations and problems.

Social researchers have come to acknowledge we can learn precisely because of the non-naturalism of experiments. Experiments have become legitimate forms to intervene in the world, and to invent new worlds.  In this way STS scholars have begun to think again about the realities in which they participate. In this workshop we will feature recent experimenters within STS with scholars who have analysed experiments in specific fields.

 

Programme:

10.00: Welcome

 

10.15-11.30: Pelle Ehn (Design, Malmö): democratic design experiments (in the small)

Commentator: Kim Kullmann (Sociology, Goldmsiths)

11.45-1pm: Tomás Sánchez Criado (STS, Munich): The Ethnographic Experiment, Revisited: Experimental Collaborations, or the ‘Devicing’ of Fieldwork for Joint Problem-Making

Commentator: Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (Anthropology, Goldsmiths)

 

1pm – 2pm: lunch

 

2pm-3.15pm: Claire Waterton (Sociology, Lancaster): An Experimental Collective: Working Through Modalities and the Enrichment of Land and Water

Commentator: Jennifer Gabrys (Sociology, Goldsmiths)

 

3.30pm-4.45pm: Tobias Bornakke Jørgensen (Sociology, Copenhagen): Sensing Data: The Emergence of Sensor-Based Experiments in the Social Sciences

Commentator: Evelyn Ruppert (Sociology, Goldsmiths)

 

Attendance is free but places are limited, please register with Carole Keegan:

For further information please contact: m.guggenheim@gold.ac.uk