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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.… 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

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

July 1, 2013
by Michael Guggenheim
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What Was Visual Sociology?

This year Goldsmiths is hosting the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) conference and in the autumn my colleague Nina Wakeford and myself are starting the first MA Visual Sociology (you can still apply, if interested!). A good time then for visual sociology, one would think. Why then does this blog post speak of visual sociology in the past tense? Why not ask: What is visual sociology? (to follow up Noortje Marres’ “what is digital sociology” post?).… 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