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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

February 25, 2013
by David Moats
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Memories of Another Future: Andrew Pickering on Cybernetics

Utopian thinking has long been out of fashion in academia but there was a palpable sense of nostalgia in Andrew Pickerings talk last week for a time when scientific practice still seemed to hold the key to another world. Drawing on his book The Cybernetic Brain, Pickering offered cybernetics as an unrealised alternative future: a non-modern ontology of unknowability and becoming. In his account, cyberneticists undertook daring experiments with adaptive systems and ecologies, and in doing so they offered an alternative to the modern understanding of science as mastery over nature and the imposition of categories and hierarchies on the world.… Continue reading

March 28, 2012
by sop03aw
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The New in Social Research: Javier Lezaun recording

We are pleased to put online the next in our ‘The New in Social Research’ series, a recording of Javier Lezaun’s (March 20th) talk titled Cinematography and the Discovery of Social Kinetics (for download, not to stream).

Lezaun’s talk looks at the use of film by two early 20th century social scientists: (1) Wolfgang Köhler, one of the founders of Gestalt Psychology, and his colleague (2) Kurt Lewin, the pioneer of Social Psychology. In the work of these two figures we find the idea of the social as a form of movement, as a kinetic event, most visibly manifested in the face-to-face interactions of small groups.… Continue reading