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.
CSISP offers a fully funded PhD studentship starting October 2014!
The Design & Social Science Seminar Series 2013-14
Machines of the Code-Sharing Commons, a mid-way report on a slightly large-scale analysis of software repositories
12th March 2014, 16.00-18.00
RHB 143 (Richard Hoggart Building)
Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey, Adrian Mackenzie, Richard Mills and Stu Sharples
The Metacommunities of Code project is an attempt to analyse code-sharing practices in free and open source software repositories, with a particular focus on GitHub. This presentation will discuss: the emergence of repositories as a developing form characteristic of contemporary forms of work; the electronic archive as a space of production; the use of statistical approaches within software studies; the material difficulties of working with and extracting highly mobile, commercially sensitive datasets; and some notes towards an analysis of the nature of code-sharing.
Matthew Fuller works at the Digital Culture Unit at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. His most recent books are ‘Evil Media’ (with Andrew Goffey) and ‘Elephant and Castle’ and he is an editor of ‘Computational Culture, a journal of software studies’.
Richard Mills is a Researcher with a background in statistics based at Lancaster University. His PhD thesis was an analysis of Reddit.
The Design & Social Science Seminar Series 2013-14
19th March 2014, 16.00-18.00
RHB 137 (Richard Hoggart Building)
with Chris Kelty (UCLA)
How can one map the empirical transformations of a concept? The "Birds of the Internet" project explores internet-mediated participation by looking across a large number of cases evaluated for their "participatoriness." Participation is clearly not an either/or proposition, but a concept and a phenomena with different signatures. However, we have no clear names for the different styles of participation that have emerged in the last decade, nor any clear understanding of how they relate to the large number of other "heteronyms" of participation in the past. In the talk, I will offer a proposal for differentiating these signatures of participation--volatile, stable and extractive--and some thoughts on the use of clustering and case-study methods to analyse the circulation of concepts and transformation in use.
Christopher Kelty works at UCLA, is the author of /Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software/, co-edits the scholarly magazine Limn, and does research on intellectual property, piracy, robots and evolution, freedom, responsibility and other pathologies of software and computing.
This year the Design and Social Science Seminar Series explores the burgeoning analytic interest and methodological preoccupation with data and the shifting terrain of data practices across design and social science. Incorporating lectures, workshops and demonstrations, the seminar series brings together a resonant range of events on data practices that provoke questions about the formation and force of data, the claims made for and through data, and the altered practices and politics of data.
Organised by Alex Wilkie, Jennifer Gabrys, Evelyn Ruppert & Noortje Marres.
Experiments in knowledge production: Open Access and the politics of the digital academy
20th March 2014, 16:00-18:30.
Goldsmiths, Deptford Town Hall, Room 109.
With members of Mattering Press ,Limn and Big Data & Society
This workshop is open to all. If you would like to attend please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Design and Social Science Seminar Series 2013-14
Rubbish metrics and genomic idiots: live methods and data-intensive provocations
2nd April 2014, 16.00-18.00
RHB 137a (Richard Hoggart Building)
The presentation will describe four years work attempting to inhabit genomic databases ethnographically using a variety of methods, some of which involved repurposing bioinformatics tools and scientific visualizations, some of which entailed events and online encounters with genomic researchers. We describe the morphological and dimensional tensions of genomic data, the cantilevered and highly-leveraged epistemic cultures of data-intensive life sciences, and our idiotic attempts to construct provocations using data found in the genomic databases.
Adrian Mackenzie is a Professor in the Dept. of Sociology and Co-Director, Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster University. He works at the intersections of science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, and social and cultural theory.
Ruth McNally is a Principal Lecturer in Innovation, Technology and Management at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University.
Ruth's expertise is in science and technology studies, innovation studies, socio-legal studies, and the management of innovation and technology.
Digital Tools for Qualitative Resesrch: A two day social media hackathon
May 15-16th, 10.00-17.00, RHB 350
organized by Noortje Marres & David Moats
The goal of this ESRC-funded multi-disciplinary workshop will be to test popular digital tools of social research and examine how they might be adapted for the specific needs of qualitative researchers, in a small group “hack-a-thon” environment. The overarching aim is to question the divisions between qualitative and quantitative approaches, by engaging with digital methods in critical and reflexive ways. We will explore how these methods, which are often embedded in the platforms being studied, shift the relationship between researchers, digital devices and research subjects.
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