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: … Continue reading The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

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Coming soon…Networked neuroscience: brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases

Our chapter in Representations in Scientific Practice Revisited discusses the development of authoritative collections of brain scans known as "brain atlases", focusing in particular on how such scans are constituted as authoritative visual objects. Three dimensions are identified: first, brain scans are parts of suites of networked technologies rather than stand-alone outputs; second, they are … Continue reading Coming soon…Networked neuroscience: brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases

Doing and thinking!

A new publication with a long history! Learning in a Landscape: Simulation-building as Reflexive Intervention--the title says it all. After sending in this article to a few possible outlets, it seemed we might never get out of the binary reactions that wouldn't give room the particular combination of building and reflecting going on in this … Continue reading Doing and thinking!

PhD Defense in Sweden

It was a real pleasure to serve as opponent at the defense of Veronica Johansson of the University of Boras, Sweden. We had a great discussion about ethnographic methods and about the concept of critical literacy. And as always, it was wonderful to see everyone rejoice at the new Dr's great accomplishment. The full work … Continue reading PhD Defense in Sweden

“Learning in a landscape” sees the light!

Sometimes, by the time an article appears, the only affective reaction it evokes is something along the lines of 'that old thing'... But this one has been in the making for so long, that it now feels like I've run into a long-lost friend! So if you're interested in simulations and visualisations, here is something … Continue reading “Learning in a landscape” sees the light!

Going into the field, ethically…

Adolfo Estalella's recently completed PhD dissertation gave rise to a series of interactions that were ethically laden. Similarly, my recent fieldwork in a women's studies group in a university in the Netherlands meant rethinking some of my assumptions about the proper way of going, being and leaving the field. Thinking through these issues together, we … Continue reading Going into the field, ethically…

What difference does a website make?

A website that presents the collection through gorgeous visuals is now considered a must for any self-respecting museum.  Photographs of objects, of exhibitions and of the museum itself are increasingly common interfaces, linking museums, visitors, experts, collections. How are users engaged by these interfaces? Which skills and strategies are needed for this engagement? What are … Continue reading What difference does a website make?