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Dr Kat Jungnickel BA MA PhD

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STS, visual culture, mobilities, material studies, DiY/ maker communities, urban studies, digital sociology, inventive methods

Kat Jungnickel is a sociologist interested in maker culture, DiY / DiT (do-it-together) technology practices, gender and mobilities and inventive methods. Her current work investigates the impact of (digital) technologies and material practices in knowledge transmission and the potential different stories hold for understanding social worlds. An epistemological engagement with findings in new forms (ie. blogs, films, performances, events, machines, dresses etc) invites the question - what if how we represent our research is just as critical as how we do it? With this messy practice she seeks to generate dialogue between multi-dimensional materials and at the same time open up for discussion, improvised, hands-on and object-oriented ways of thinking about and through knowledge production.

Presentations and exhibitions

Selection of Talks

Freedom of Movement : The bike, the bloomer and female cyclist in 19th Century Britain. Invited paper for Dynamics of Fashion, University of Southern Denmark. Nov 2013

(with L. Forlano) Globally Local, Digitally Material and the Amateur Professional: Hacking Hybrid Socio-Technical Cultures. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual meeting, San Diego. Oct 2013

Researching Digital Experiences and Use. Invited talk to Honors Methods program, Digital Cultures, Media and Communications Department, University of Sydney. April 2013

(with G. Bell) Thicker Description: Experiments in representing multi-sited ethnography. Anthropology in the World: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, British Museum. June 2012

(with A. Krotoski) Enquiry Machine #2: Serendipity Engine. Invited speaker for ‘Connections’ public series of talks, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK. Nov 2011

The Socio-Politics of Bloomers and Lycra: Why cycling wear still matters. Invited paper for  Travel Identities workshop, Lancaster University, UK. Sept 2011

Wireless Enculturation: The role of the BBQ in the making of an Australian Wireless network. Invited paper for Cartographies of Design, Lancaster University, UK. June 2011  

Research as a Form of Making. Invited respondent for Making & Opening: Entangling Design & Social Science Conference, Goldsmiths, UK.  Sept 2010

Exhibitions and performances

(with J. McHardy). It’s the making that matters: Performing (im)possible futures. European Association for the Study of Science and Technology  conference (EASST), University of Trento, Italy. Sept 2010

Bike Portraits: Invited show, Hackney Council’s Cycling Conference, London, 8 June, 2012

Hackney Bike Portraits: UEL/ESRC funded solo show in five London bike cafes/workshops, 31 Jul-30 Sept, 2011

Makers, Mashers and Mods: Grassroots technology practices, exhibition, ‘The Sociological Imagination: A 50th Anniversary Celebration’ conference, Goldsmiths, UK, Oct, 2009

DIY WiFi: Making home-brew high-tech in suburban backyards

Professional activities

73 Urban Journeys: sensual, visual and material explorations of a London bus

Making WiFi: a sociological study of backyard technologists in suburban Australia


Research interests

My current project 'Freedom of Movement' explores the socio-materiality of the bike, the bloomer and attending ideas of ‘rational’ dress in legitimising women’s presence in outdoor public space. This ESRC funded research interweaves archival research with the making of a series of material garments from 130year old patents in collaboration with contemporary craft practitioners (tailor, weaver, filmmaker and illustrator).

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