Designing with, and for, the more-than human

Last year I was generously invited to deliver a keynote presentation at IndiaHCI 2018. The conference was brilliantly organised and hosted by Naveen Bagalkot and Riyaz Sheikh, colleagues and students, and I was well supported by a stellar group of keynote speakers. The images below are the same slides I used, except for one (#3) […]

Upcoming seminars & workshops: Australia

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

I’m pleased to announce the following Australian seminars & workshops. Anguish (Angoisse) by August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck (c. 1878) SEMINAR | MULTISPECIES ETHNOGRAPHY & MORE-THAN-HUMAN DESIGN Our impact on the earth has been so significant that scientists have proposed that our current geological era be renamed the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Regardless of whether […]

Fieldnotes: Week 2

I’ve been on research and study leave for two weeks now. This is what’s happened and what I’ve learned so far. TVNZ Sunday broadcast an expose on animal cruelty in NZ dairy farming, and there was a lively social media response from farmers to the broadcast and subsequent UK-based advertising campaign – see #agchatnz,  #caring4calves […]

Human-Livestock Entanglements into the Anthropocene

I was delighted to be invited to participate in Foodscapes: A World Food Day Symposium at the University of Canberra on October 16th. Every single one of the presentations sounds fascinating and this is what I’ll be talking about: Human-Livestock Entanglements into the Anthropocene If we are to believe popular media accounts of livestock agriculture, […]

Sheep Time?

I’m always trying to figure out new ways of doing remote presentations so I was pretty excited when I was invited to prepare something that could be continually broadcast (or looped) during the Temporal Design: Surfacing Everyday Tactics of Time Workshop @ Design Informatics, Edinburgh University, 28 September, 2015. Here’s what I did:   [ […]

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 […]

Three Uncertain Thoughts, Or, Everything I Know I Learned from Ursula Le Guin

This text was prepared as an invocation for an upcoming RMIT Design + Ethnography + Futures workshop on “uncertainty as an intrinsic part of future-making.” (Links added.) One. In her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin writes, “The unknown, […] the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based […]

More-Than-Human Design Research: Call for postgraduate applications

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

The VUW School of Design More-Than-Human Design Research Lab seeks postgraduate students who: are critical, creative, and highly motivated; want to better understand technosocial values and practices; are concerned about the future of our planet; care about animals, plants, and the land; are interested in collaborating with social scientists, biological and materials scientists, engineers and […]

Call for PhD Applications

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

It’s that time again! VUW is now accepting PhD applications for the 1 July round, and I’m looking for a few good people to come push the boundaries of design and cultural research with me. Do you have a strong background in sociology, anthropology, humanities, or design? Are you interested in critically evaluating what happens […]

CFP: Adventures in Speculative Design Ethnography

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: IR15 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP “Animals, Vegetables & Minerals Online: Adventures in Speculative Design Ethnography” Full-day workshop @ IR15: Boundaries & Intersections, Bangkok, 22 October, 2014 Organisers: Anne Galloway & Jaz Hee-jeong Choi This workshop will introduce participants to the practices of speculative design ethnography, support small groups in exploring its strengths and limitations, […]