New year, new teaching & learning

Kia ora and haere mai everyone! Despite the dire state of global politics, and an unusually rainy summer, life is treating us well and we continue to stand beside everyone fighting the good fight. Kia kaha! The More-Than-Human Lab has some new and exciting things happening this year, but classes start in less than a […]

New publication: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.

I’m pleased to announce that The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, myself & Genevieve Bell, will be published later this year. For the companion I also contributed a chapter called “More-Than-Human Lab: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.” This is how it starts: Haere mai. Welcome. This story […]

Fieldnotes: the beginning

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 in Fieldnotes, Ordinary Madness of Academia

I’ve read five books this year that keep rattling me. *** Today looks and feels like proper springtime in the Akatarawa Valley. Two days ago I handed in the final grades from the courses I taught this term, and realised that I’ve taught university for ten years and I won’t be grading again for more […]

Call for PhD Candidates

We’re looking for PhD candidates to join our Lab! The More-Than-Human Lab believes that everything is interconnected and interdependent, and we do research that is unusually lively and creaturely. Are you interested in increasingly blurred boundaries between nature and culture? Are you concerned about the future of the planet or technology for technology’s sake? Have […]

Introducing the More-Than-Human Lab

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

After five years of research and teaching, the Design Culture Lab has been retired and I’m excited to announce my new adventure: the More-Than-Human Lab. I’ve imported all of the old blog posts so that the archive lives here, and I’m working on getting all of our project documentation online. For now, you can read […]

Teaching Reflections: Design Ethnography #1

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

This term I’m teaching two courses: CCDN233: Design Ethnography and CCDN384: Multispecies Design. I had originally planned to blog weekly reflections but the first three weeks of classes have been such a blur that I’ll have to start now and hope I can do it weekly from now on. I’ll also split my reflections into […]

Teaching reflections: Multispecies Design #1

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

This term I’m teaching two courses: CCDN233: Design Ethnography and CCDN384: Multispecies Design. I had originally planned to blog weekly reflections but the first three weeks of classes have been such a blur that I’ll have to start now and hope I can do it weekly from now on. I’ll also split my reflections into […]

New course in multispecies design

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design with, and for, animals instead of people? How would that change the way we understand them–and ourselves? What would we design? I’m excited to be teaching a new course next term that will explore these and related questions. CCDN384: Multispecies Design Understanding relationships between […]

Counting Sheep news

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

Really pleased to note that our first set of Counting Sheep scenarios won the 2013 IoT Internet of Things Editor’s Choice – Best Design Fiction Award! Many thanks and congratulations to the awesome students who worked on the projects: Dani Clode, Mata Freshwater, Hamish McPhail, Peggy Russell, and Lauren Wickens. And we’re also pretty chuffed to see one […]

Call for PhD Applications

UPDATE I’m always looking for good students and VUW accepts PhD applications three times a year: 1 March, 1 July and 1 November The final round for this year’s PhD applications is coming up, and I’m looking for a few good people to come push the boundaries of design research with me. Do you have […]