Known as an institution with a divers approach to research culture in it’s manifold manifestations the GCSC (International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture) recently held the Surveillance Cultures Conference to focus on surveillance by putting it into perspective as a cultural phenomenon. Designed as an international event, the conference took place at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen (Germany) from July 6th to July 7th, 2017.
2017 seems to be the year of virtual reality in the art world, as more and more contemporary artists experiment with this new medium and create virtual-reality (VR) artworks that plunge the viewers into fully immersive, computer-simulated image-space. [Read more…]
A few days ago, I was part of the second Karlsruhe Science Film Days as one of 14 jury members. The event was organized by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Wissenschaftsbüro of the Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe GmbH. According to the homepage the event’s goal is to “root scientific documentary film, essay and fiction in the public consciousness and to build a bridge between research, artistic creation and society”. [Read more…]
The 20th biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT), titled “The Grammar of Things” was hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, from 14 to 17 June, 2017. In its disciplinary breadth and thematic focus, this conference quite neatly exemplified the conjunction between “philosophy” and “technology” in the society’s name: there was some philosophy of technology involved for sure, but at least as many contributions of philosophical relevance came from other fields, such as STS, history, design and architecture. [Read more…]
In order to study practices of creative software engineering, I have decided to do ethnographies on hackathons. I was at several of such events and have just returned from my last expedition into that peculiar realm of self realization, participation, technical playfulness, and, often claimed by the organizers to be most important, fun. However, there are three experiences from those expeditions, which I want to highlight and share. [Read more…]
Report on the science communication session at the 16th Annual STS Conference in Graz, Austria, May 08-09, 2017
After an exponential growth in users as well as producers, web videos have become one of the standards in the way online communication takes place. Web videos are increasingly preferred over text and image-based sources – which is also true for science communication. In addition, this trend directly affects the relationships between science and society, replacing traditional interfaces and loosening the control over content and sources in a way that could undermine the trust in science. This brings about new issues, e.g. quality aspects, which need to be addressed from an STS perspective. As a result, and following the last year’s session by Joachim Allgaier (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) and me, Erik Stengler (University of the West of England) and I chaired a session about ‘The web video in Science Communication: Issues and Trends’ with five interesting talks. In this session, we were mainly interested in discussing the impact of webvideos on the public communication of science and technology on the one and intra-scientific communication on the other hand. [Read more…]