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Kat Jungnickel

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email k.jungnickel (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 3188
Kat Jungnickel

Kat's research explores the role and importance of technologies in relation to mobility cultures, gender relations and grassroots hands-on DiY and DiT communities. Drawing on Science & Technology Studies (STS) and Feminist Technoscience, her work pays particular attention to mundane everyday practices and the use of found, purchased and resourcefully adapted materials and improvised methods as a means of re-imagining understandings of and relationships to technology.

Making and engaging are integral to Kat’s work. Her practice is informed by an interest in different ways of ‘telling about society’ (Becker 2007). As a result her work takes many forms – websites, blogs, machines, films, printed materials, photographs, performances, installations and, most recently, costume. This varied approach generates dialogue between multi-dimensional materials and practices and opens up for discussion hands-on and object-oriented ways of thinking about and through knowledge production.

Recently she has been using sewing as a sociological method on an ESRC funded project about the history of women’s cycle wear and changing ideas about gender politics, mobility technologies, citizenship and public space in late Nineteenth Century Britain. See the Bikes & Bloomers website.

Teaching

  • Convenor of MA Brands, Communication and Culture
  • Convenor of Visual and Inventive Practice – MA Visual Sociology core module
  • Convenor of Branding II: Key Themes and Debates
  • Convenor of Privacy, Surveillance and Security – UG third year option module

She also contributes to Empirical Visual Research, Theories and Debates in Visual Research, Social Research for Public Engagement, Feminist Methods Masterclass.

 

 

 

Research Interests

STS, mobilities, cycling, cycle wear, invention, patents, ethnographic methods, new materialism, DiY/DiT, maker culture, urban studies

Research websites

  • Bikes & Bloomers - ESRC funded project exploring the history of Victorian women’s cycle wear
  • Transmissions & Entanglements- ESRC funded knowledge exchanged funded project exploring the making, curating and communication of knowledg
  • 73 Urban Journeys- Visual and material ethnographic explorations into the socio-techno experience of a London bus 
  • Making WiFi - PhD ethnographic research study of backyard technologists in suburban Australia
  • Located Mobility - INCITE/Intel funded ethnographic study of domestic space and interfaces for located mobility

 

Publications

Book

DIY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2013. DIY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-31252-5

Book Section

Making things to make sense of things: DiY as research subject and practice
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2017. Making things to make sense of things: DiY as research subject and practice. In: Jentery Sayers, ed. The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138844308

Making “ournet not the internet”: an ethnography of home-brew high-tech practices in suburban Australia
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2017. Making “ournet not the internet”: an ethnography of home-brew high-tech practices in suburban Australia. In: Larissa Hjorth; Heather Horst; Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell, eds. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138940918

Jumps, stutters and other failed images: using time-lapse video in cycling research
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Jumps, stutters and other failed images: using time-lapse video in cycling research. In: Charlotte Bates, ed. Video Methods: Social Science Research in Motion. London: Routledge, Advances in Research Methods series., pp. 121-141. ISBN 0415734010

Mobile Devices of Resistance: Victorian Inventors, Women Cyclists, and Convertible Cycle Wear Patents
Jungnickel, Katrina. Mobile Devices of Resistance: Victorian Inventors, Women Cyclists, and Convertible Cycle Wear Patents. In: Howard Caygill; Martina Leeker and Tobiaas Schulze, eds. Interventions in Digital Cultures. Technology, The Political, Methods. Lüneburg, Germany: Meson Press.

Article

‘‘One needs to be very brave to stand all that’’: Cycling, rational dress and the struggle for citizenship in late nineteenth century Britain
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. ‘‘One needs to be very brave to stand all that’’: Cycling, rational dress and the struggle for citizenship in late nineteenth century Britain. Geoforum, 64, pp. 362-371. ISSN 0016-7185

Hacking Binaries/Hacking Hybrids: Understanding the Black/White Binary as a Socio-technical Practice
Forlano, Laura and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. Hacking Binaries/Hacking Hybrids: Understanding the Black/White Binary as a Socio-technical Practice. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology(6), ISSN 2325-0496

Methodological entanglements in the field: Methods, transitions and transmissions
Jungnickel, Katrina and Hjorth, Larissa. 2014. Methodological entanglements in the field: Methods, transitions and transmissions. Visual Studies, 29(2), pp. 136-145. ISSN 1472-586X

Why culture matters for transport policy: the case of cycling in the UK
Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Why culture matters for transport policy: the case of cycling in the UK. Journal of Transport Geography, 34, pp. 78-87. ISSN 0966-6923

Cycling’s Sensory Strategies: How Cyclists Mediate their Exposure to the Urban Environment
Jungnickel, Katrina and Aldred, Rachel. 2013. Cycling’s Sensory Strategies: How Cyclists Mediate their Exposure to the Urban Environment. Mobilities, 9(2), pp. 238-255. ISSN 1745-0101

Getting there… and back: how ethnographic commuting (by bicycle) shaped a study of Australian backyard technologists
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2013. Getting there… and back: how ethnographic commuting (by bicycle) shaped a study of Australian backyard technologists. Qualitative Research, 14(6), pp. 640-655. ISSN 1468-7941

Matter in or out of place? Bicycle parking strategies and their effects on people, practices and places
Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2013. Matter in or out of place? Bicycle parking strategies and their effects on people, practices and places. Social & Cultural Geography, 14(6), pp. 604-624. ISSN 1464-9365

Constructing Mobile Places between ‘Leisure’ and ‘Transport’: A Case Study of Two Group Cycle Rides
Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2012. Constructing Mobile Places between ‘Leisure’ and ‘Transport’: A Case Study of Two Group Cycle Rides. Sociology, 46(3), pp. 523-539. ISSN 0038-0385

On being 'out there': Experiencing, examining and representing cycling cultures.
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2012. On being 'out there': Experiencing, examining and representing cycling cultures. Off Tour,

Exhibiting ethnographic knowledge: Making sociology about makers of technology
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2010. Exhibiting ethnographic knowledge: Making sociology about makers of technology. Street Signs, pp. 32-35. ISSN 2043-0124

Conference or Workshop Item

Live Transmissions: Critical conversations about crafting, performing and making
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. 'Live Transmissions: Critical conversations about crafting, performing and making'. In: Live Transmissions: Critical conversations about crafting, performing and making. London, United Kingdom 11-14 June 2014.

AHRC ProtoPublics Project Presentation - "The Dewey Organ"
Jungnickel, Katrina; Fairfax, Duncan; Ballie, Jen and Wilkie, Alex. 'AHRC ProtoPublics Project Presentation - "The Dewey Organ"'. In: AHRC ProtoPublics Research Projects Presentation. AHRC Design Symposium, United Kingdom 25/09/2015.

Film/Video

Bloomer Making Workshop & Bloomer Ride, ESRC funded 'Freedom of Movement: the bike, bloomer and female cyclist in late nineteenth century Britain', www.bikesandbloomers.com
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Bloomer Making Workshop & Bloomer Ride, ESRC funded 'Freedom of Movement: the bike, bloomer and female cyclist in late nineteenth century Britain', www.bikesandbloomers.com.

Show/Exhibition

IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT" (Govanhill Baths) with Goldsmiths/ Duncan Jordanstone College/Civic Workshop
Jungnickel, Katrina; Fairfax, Duncan; ballie, Jen and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT" (Govanhill Baths) with Goldsmiths/ Duncan Jordanstone College/Civic Workshop. In: "IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT"", Govanhill Baths, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2015.