Museums and the Digital

A nebook_9789089646613_178w collection, edited by Chiel van den Akker and Susan Legêne, is entitled Museums in a Digital Culture: How Art and Heritage Become Meaningful. It has just appeared at the Amsterdam University Press. The table of contents and introduction are available on the AUP website.
Sarah de Rijcke and I have a chapter in the book: Networked Knowledge and Epistemic Authority in the Development of Virtual Museums. It is based on earlier research we pursued in Network Realism.
Material in this article also appears in Image as Interface, Library trends 59 (2011), analyzed from a library and information technology point of view. It has been reworked here with a focus on museums, curation and heritage preservation. We hope this publication will reach a new audience and stimulate cross-overs between media studies, STS and museum studies.

Teaching with Volvo

What is the role of technological promises, and how can we understand them through an anthropological lens?

Beloftes van duurzame innovatie: interactie tussen innovatie, technologie en cultuur

Together with about 20 participants, I addressed these questions in the course of a lecture given as part of the series Anthropologie voor Duurzaamheid, organised by the Impact Academy in spring 2016.

One of the ‘promises’ we analysed together was that contained in this short video by Volvo, in which the car is put forth as an instrument of care–familial, social, environmental. This commercial left no one indifferent!

New publication on Smart Grids coincides with 5th edition Groningen Energy Summer School

29 juni 2016

Every year, the University of Groningen and the Energy Academy Europe organise a summer programme, the Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS). This year, a new collection of writing on smart grids will appear, based on contributions to the GESS editions of 2014 and 2015. It is entitled Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: Bridging Old and New Energy Systems and is edited by Anne Beaulieu, Jaap de Wilde & Jacquelien Scherpen.

The book appears with Springer and contains a number of chapters based on lectures by speakers at the summer school and two based on chapters from dissertations written by participants. The publication appears in the high profile series Power Systems. The collection is thoroughly shaped by the summer school, not only in the composition of its authors and in the interdisciplinary scope of the material covered,  but also in the form of the book: each chapter ends with points for discussions that are based on interactions at the summer school. “GESS is a wonderful example of the way a high-level, interdisciplinary summer school can lead to great publications with prestigious publishers,” commented prof Herman de Jong, leader of the summer school project at the University of Groningen.

The Groningen Energy Summer School for PhDs will see its fifth edition in 2015—with yet another enthusiastic cohort of participants from all over the world and an impressive interdisciplinary programme. Interdisciplinarity is a core value of GESS: participants from all corners of academia take part, from Law to Physics, from Economics to International relations. The summer school offers a unique opportunity to delve into other areas of energy research and to broaden one’s understanding of energy issues. The theme for 2016 is ‘Energy Transition, Geopolitics & Urban Security: Linking Global Networks to Local Needs’

Ït’s very rewarding to see that the power of the summer school has led to such tangible outputs that reach far beyond Groningen,” says Anne Beaulieu, co-editor of the collection and co-coordinator of GESS.

This year’s edition of GESS will take place between 18 and 26 August. The first chapter of the book is freely available.

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

A great collection of writing on ethnographic methods is being gathered by the capable hands and minds of Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway & Genevieve Bell.

In a section entitled ‘Debating Digital Ethnography’, I’ll have the pleasure of putting forth a contribution on computational ethnography.

Title: Computational thinking and new modes of ethnography.

Abstract: Ethnographic methods in the context of digital tools and networked relations have been adapted in fascinating ways. In this contribution, I will analyse how computationalisation as a framework (Hayles, 2012) shapes some of the adaptations of ethnographic methods. Using ‘tropes’ as a way of analysing ethnographic accounts, the relation to the ethnographic object, to other ethnographers and to the readers of ethnographic inquiry will be analysed. Computational ethnography is contrasted to other ethnographic approaches that have been crafted in the past decades, such as virtual ethnography and mediated ethnography. Issues around common computational ethnography practices, such as capture, automation, sensing and scraping are analysed.

A new job

Since 1 January, I’ve been leading the programme Energysense. With over 200 households registered, we are well into the pilot phase of this exciting initiative. Energysense is eminently interdisciplinary, and located at the interface between research, infrastructure, innovation and engagement. A wonderful adventure with a great team awaits!

Authorship at WTMC annual meeting

 Authorship will be one of the issues addressed at the upcoming WTMC Annual Meeting, in Amsterdam, 20-21 November 2014

The session is scheduled at 9.30. on Friday 21 November.

Measuring Science with Meaningful Metrics

Organizers: Koen Frenken (UU), Paul Wouters (UL)

This session aims to further the discussion about the use of bibliometrics in evaluative practices. Following the Science-in-Transition and other debates, the use of bibliometrics to assess and evaluate research, researchers and the institutions they work for is highly contested. One the one hand there is an increasing number of critics per se. On the other hand, there are calls for broadening bibliometrics to measure not only scientific output and impact, but also societal output and impact. This session brings together researchers working in this area from Utrecht University, Leiden University and the Rathenau Institute. I

ngeborg Meijer (UL): on societal impact and the new SEP research assessment protocol in The Netherlands

Edwin Horlings (Rathenau): on inter en transdisciplinarity

Sarah de Rijcke (UL) and Paul Wouters (UL): on authorship in transition Koen Frenken

Gaston Heimeriks (UU): on the determinants of the CTWS university rankings

Off to Trondheim!

For the closing conference Medical Images in Art and Science, a event to mark the end of the project Picturing the Brain.

My talk will be on ethnography in the lab. While I’m aiming for a set of slides that will be low on text, here is a paper that considers some of the starting points of ethnography in networked setting that I will be further illustrating in the talk.

Beaulieu, A., and S. de Rijcke. “Mediated Ethnography and the Study of Networked Images – or How to Study ‘Networked Realism’ as Visual Knowing.Proceedings of the First International Visual Methods Conference, 15–17 Sept. 2009, Leeds, UK.