Technologies such as smartphones, internet media and communications, or nuclear power stations are often talked about as tools or instruments. In contrast, this research theme critically investigates technologies as not separate from but mediums, devices, and crafted things that people act in relation to and through which they creatively, actively and politically (re)make societies, polities, and environments.
Through our three streams we ask questions such as: Are existing human rights norms able to meet the consequences of internet processes that bypass human oversight or forms of accountability? How do people (re)create social and cultural relations and at the same time challenge emerging power relations through their engagement with digital technologies? How do people mobilise art and technologies to demand environmental justice?
Streams - Critical Ecologies, Digital Worldmaking, Internet Futures and Human Rights
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