CSISP Events 2009-2010


Seminar series: What is ethics?

MEDICINE AS A TACTIC OF WAR – Israel’s occupation of Palestine


4.30 - 6.30 Tuesday 16 March
RHB 312, Goldsmiths, University of London

Eyal Weizman  -  Illegal aid: humanitarian control?

Eyal Weizman is an architect and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium/Birkbeck College. Since 2007 he is a member of the architectural collective "decolonizing architecture" in Beit Sahour/ Palestine  Since 2008 he is a member of B'Tselem board of directors. Weizman has taught, lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include The Lesser Evil [Nottetempo, 2009], Hollow Land [Verso Books, 2007], A Civilian Occupation [Verso Books, 2003], the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Cabinet and Inflexions. Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007 and was chosen to deliver the Edward Said Memorial Lecture for 2010.

Miri Weingarten  -   Controlling health: access to healthcare in the Gaza strip

Miri Weingarten worked for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) for 11 years. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel struggles for the fulfilment of the right to health of all people under Israeli control, including Jewish-Israeli citizens, Palestinian citizens of Israel, Bedouin living in 'unrecognized' village in the Negev desert, migrant workers, asylum seekers and undocumented people, prisoners and detainees, and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PHR-Israel combines direct medical aid with solidarity activities, advocacy, campaigning and education. It is guided by the triple discourse of medical ethics, human rights and social justice. In 2009, Miri relocated to London and in March 2010 she became the director of a new Jewish media project called JNews - Alternative Jewish Perspectives on Israel and Palestine.

Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process Seminar Series: What is ethics? 

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International Workshop 5 March 2010 at RIBA

co-sponsored by:

Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths, University of London
Overseas Development Institute
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Centre for Global Health and Inequality, University of Amsterdam
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
National AIDS Manual

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The Objects of Design and Social Science


Common to both design and (parts of) the social sciences is a shared pre-occupation with objects. On the one hand, design is concerned with making and interpreting objects including the finished article (e.g. consumer products), ‘experimental’ design aids (e.g. prototypes), and projective representations (e.g. scenarios). Recently, design has also begun to re-engage with more speculative objects whose ambiguous functionality contributes to the exploration of the social and the material, the political and the aesthetic. On the other hand the social sciences also work with objects, including categorical objects such as race, gender, and health, empirical objects ranging from the mundane to the exotic, and conceptual objects such as the notions social scientists use to understand and theorize the social. Here, the sociology of science and technology has been especially productive, introducing notions such as boundary objects (Star & Griesemer, 1989), epistemic objects (Rheinberger, 1997), immutable mobiles (Latour, 1990), quasi-objects, black boxes (Latour, 1988) to name but a few. Accordingly, a focus on material, empirical and conceptual objects brings into sharp relief overlaps and disjuncture between the two disciplines and a rich space for dialogue.

This seminar series will seek to bring into view and explore existing objects of both design and social science as well as draw out objects of novelty for both disciplines. In doing so we will seek to engage with emerging issues and topics in both disciplines such as the outputs of speculative and critical design, participation, engagement and publics as well as addressing notions concerning heterogeneity, process and event. This series will continue to serve as a platform for opening up interdisciplinary research futures.


Autumn Term 2009

Seminar 1: Introducing the Objects of Design and Social Science
Wednesday October 14th
With: Bill Gaver, Tobie Kerridge, Mike Michael & Alex Wilkie, Goldsmiths

Seminar 2: Buildings as Things
Wednesday November 4th
With: Albena Yaneva, The University of Manchester.

Seminar 3: Speculative and Critical Objects
Wednesday November 18th
With: James Auger, Royal College of  Art & Jimmy Loizeau, Goldsmiths.

Spring Term 2010

Seminar 4: Objects and Services
Wednesday January 27th
With: Chris Downs.

Seminar 5: From Objects to Issues?
Wednesday February 17th
With: Noortje Marres,  Oxford University.

Seminar 6: Object Fair
Wednesday March 10th
With: Bill Gaver, Tobie Kerridge,  Mike Michael & Alex Wilkie, Goldsmiths.


** Please Note: all seminars run from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and are hosted by the Interaction Research Studio, 6th Floor, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.