Wow, I can’t believe it’s less than a month until the CCI Winter School kicks off!
I’m excited to be working with an amazing team and awesome participants on a great 7-day programme (phew, that’s a lot of superlatives!) and Larissa Hjorth and I are especially looking forward to our workshop:
Objects of Ethnography: Creative Approaches to Storytelling
Developed as part of the empirical traditions of anthropology and sociology, ethnography has grown to encompass a variety of methods and forms — digital, media, self and more — but still retains its focus on the performance and representation of people’s everyday activities and experiences. In this workshop we will explore some of the limits of ethnography as a form of contemporary reflexive storytelling, and probe the role that objects and images play in mediating online and offline social interactions. Drawing on Igor Kopytoff’s idea of objects having biographies and Sherry Turkle’s notion of evocative objects, this workshop asks participants to create ethnographies from things. To prepare, participants will read a couple of key texts and bring to the workshop a few images and/or objects related to their research. In the workshop, participants will work in small groups to devise short ethnographic accounts that creatively engage with their broader research interests.
Beaulieu, Anne. 2010. “From co-location to co-presence: Shifts in the use of ethnography for the study of knowledge,” Social Studies of Science 40(3): 453-470.
Harman, Graham. 2008. “Zeroing in on Evocative Objects: Review of Sherry Turkle (ed.) Evocative Objects, MIT Press,” Human Studies 31: 443–457.
And as if that weren’t enough, immediately following the Winter School is the CCI Symposium: Internationalisation, Quality, Impact — where I’ll be speaking on “Beyond Affirmative Design, or, How Design Interrogates Innovation.”
If you’ll be in Brisbane on 28-29 June, registration is free and I hope to see you there.