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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

July 20, 2015
by Noortje Marres
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CSISP/Sociology Lecture by Lucy Suchman on Digital Practices: Some Methodological Reflections

On June 1, 2015, Professor Lucy Suchman delivered the CSISP/Sociology Annual Lecture at Goldsmiths entitled “Digital practices: some methodological reflections.” In this lecture, Suchman returns to her earlier ethnographic research on airline ground operations and the use of CAD software by structural engineers to develop an account of ‘digital practices.’ Connecting her earlier studies with current work on robotic warfare, the lecture outlines some of the important methodological issues these practices have raised and continue to raise in social research as well as in social life.… Continue reading

January 29, 2014
by Noortje Marres
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Notes on Data Practices

Data is a hot topic. It is both something that will save us, and something we must be saved from. It is the next revolution, a deluge and a particularly potent ideology. On the one hand we have major digital institutions, fronted by social physicists and computer scientists, developing ever more sophisticated tools for storing, analysing and visualising data. On the other hand we have a growing number of critical scholars interrogating issues ranging from privacy concerns to the data hype’s ontological and epistemological baggage.

Recent seminars on ‘Data Practices’ – the theme of this years Design and Social Science seminar series co-organised by the Design and Sociology Dept at Goldsmiths – have tried to combine the affirmative and the critical approach.… Continue reading

January 21, 2013
by Noortje Marres
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What is Digital Sociology?

There have been some posts recently about Digital Sociology (here and here), and I would like to add a few comments, based on my experience developing the MA/MSc Digital Sociology at Goldsmiths together with others.

I might as well begin with my main point: I have one big fear about digital sociology, and that is that it will be seized upon as an opportunity to re-enact the drama of the ‘two cultures’ : I mean the debate in which humanistically inspired approaches are pitched against narrow scientistic ones – with sociologists thinking they must choose to be either ‘with them or against us.’ I don’t think this has happened yet, but it will not necessarily be easy to avoid over the coming years: digitization has been widely and very publically framed as an opportunity for a new push in ‘computational social science’, and this fact alone will make it tempting for some to cast digital sociology in the role of defender of sensitive, civilized, more tolerant forms of study, over against narrowly defined scientific empiricism.… Continue reading

November 6, 2012
by David Moats
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Tactics of Issue Mapping Part 2

On October 26 and 27 CSISP hosted a second event on Tactics of Issue Mapping, which David Moats discusses in his workshop report below. The first day featured a series of presentations on the role of creative practice in connecting research and intervention in issue mapping, and audio recordings of these talks can be downloaded here: Part 1 and Part 2. The second day was dedicated to groupwork on a selected tactic of issue mapping, namely bias detection, about which you can read more here.

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Issue Mapping combines social theory, computing, design and advocacy. If one of those elements isn’t there it doesn’t work” – Noortje Marres, workshop co-organiser… Continue reading