Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP)
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Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process

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    CSISP, the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, is an active interdisciplinary research centre based in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. CSISP supports work in the broad area of science, technology, society and the environment. It hosts events, research, and projects that examine the role of 'invention’ - and related terms, 'innovation', technology, discovery, change - in social and public life, and aims to facilitate collaboration and intervention across disciplines and practices that touch on the social broadly conceived: design and social science, computing and sociology, issue advocacy and social methods, biomedicine and social research, the arts and environmental science.


    Please join us for the CSISP/Sociology Annual Lecture: Digital practices: some methodological reflections

    Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University)

    Monday June 1, 5pm-7pm | Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths

    Drawing on studies informed by anthropology, ethnomethodology, and feminist science and technology studies (STS), this talk considers some possibilities for tracing dynamics of sociomaterial agency at the human-computer interface. Commonly understood as a line of demarcation between humans and machine that delineates two separate bodies, one organic and the other artefactual, I reconfigure the interface as a site through which cultural imaginaries and material practices are enacted. Grounded in the specificities of a range of cases, I offer a reflection on some onto-epistemologies and politics of digital practices, and their methodological implications.

    Lucy Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, and Co-Director of Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies. Her research has involved ethnographic studies of practices of technology design and use, and critical engagement with projects in the design of humanlike machines, informed by feminist science and technology studies. Her current research extends her longstanding engagement with the field of human-computer interaction to the domain of contemporary war fighting, including the figurations that animate military training and simulation, and problems of ‘situational awareness’ in remotely-controlled weapon systems

    All Welcome

    Hosted by the Sociology Department and The Centre for Invention and Social Process (CSISP), Goldsmiths, University of London


    Digital Methods from Denmark: Experiments with Data Publics

    Tuesday June 9, 16:00 – 18:00, Goldsmiths, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre

    Please join us for an afternoon of Experiments with Data Publics prepared by members of the Techno-Anthropology Group at the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen:

    1. Experiments with a data-public
    Anders Koed Madsen and Anders Kristian Munk, University of Aalborg in Copenhagen

    Democracy, it is said, is in a state of crisis. What exactly defines the crisis depends greatly on who, when and where you ask the question, of course, but the credo is frequently heard. Denmark is no exception and the recent reform of the Danish school system, traditionally a highly praised token of participatory democracy, has been a case in point. So what happens when elected politicians recognize that they can no longer act as trusted representatives and decide that a radically new dialogue with the public is called for? And what happens when they decide that this dialogue must be constituted where the public is already venting its frustrations, i.e. on social media? In this talk we consider our recent experience of being enrolled as data-experts in a participatory democratic experiment that attempted to use Facebook and digital methods to collectively envision the school of the future in the municipality of Aalborg.

    2. Tracing a data public: Facebook as a doubly debate-generating device
    Author: Andreas Birkbak (University of Aalborg in Copenhagen and CSISP, Goldsmiths visiting fellow)

    There is a huge interest in the contribution (or not) of social media to public debate. In this presentation, I examine Facebook pages related to a contentious issue in Copenhagen (congestion charges). Rather than simply extending public debate, what seems to be at stake with Facebook is also what counts as debate. In order to understand this, it is useful to pay attention to how social media like Facebook are debate-generating in two ways. There is debate ¹on¹ social media and there is debate ¹about¹ social media. These two debates tend to be kept separate. If they are brought together, we might gain insights into how debate is crafted with Facebook, and the conditions for such debate to count as public debate.

    This event is hosted by the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP), Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths.

    All welcome.


    Call for Contributions for “Demonstrations. Journal for Experiments in the Social Studies of Technology”

    We are excited to announce the launch of a new journal, which is created and produced at CSISP. We welcome contributions for the launch in the autumn 2015. For further information visit the CSISP Blog


    This year CSISP is hosting a new series of the CSISP Salon. The series' working title is 'Performance: Methods and Problems' and it will be co-organised by Sveta Milyaeva, Noortje Marres, Vera Ehrenstrein, David Moats.


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