Mobilities and Design Workshop

I’m really pleased to be participating (via video & Skype) in the Mobilities and Design Workshop at Lancaster University, 29-30 April, 2014. The event is being live-streamed so you’ll be able to follow along, and this is what I’ll be talking about: Why Count Sheep, and Other Tricky Questions About Speculative Design Ethnography Governments around […]

Callaghan Innovation Postgrad Internship Opportunity

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

In a couple of weeks we’ll be starting The Great NZ Cat Controversy research project with an actor-network mapping and discourse analysis of public media responses to Gareth Morgan’s infamous Cats To Go campaign. If you’re interested in where we go from there, you might also be interested in this research and design opportunity with […]

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 […]

Objects, Animals, Fantasies and Speculations, Oh My!

With Trimester 1 ending this week and Wellington quickly sinking into winter, I’m looking forward to visiting warmer-than-here Australia… In a few weeks I’ll be heading to Brisbane to join a great team at the CCI Winter School, which offers some amazing participants “a week-long program of interdisciplinary study, collaboration and social interaction in the broad […]

FARM animals

Farm: The second meeting of British Animal Studies Network in Glasgow, took place on Friday 16 November and Saturday 17 November 2012 at the University of Strathclyde. They’ve generously posted audio of all the talks: Welcome Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde) [to listen to the welcome click here] Plenary 1 Henry Buller (Exeter University), ‘The One […]

Upcoming conferences

I’ve put in two conference abstracts this week: the first one below for the ASAANZ conference on Anthropology & Imagination in Wellington, and the second for the CSAA conference on Materialities: Economies, Empiricism & Things in Sydney, both in December. The Possibilities of a Fantastic Ethnography Anthropologists have long grappled with questions of empiricism, cultural […]

On the ethnographic

I’m currently in Brisbane for the CCI Winter School, and was very pleased this morning to see that our object ethnography workshop next week will be filled to capacity with bright and interesting people–even though very few participants have identified ethnographic research as part of their projects. I found that last point rather curious, and […]

CCI Winter School update

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

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 […]

2012 State of the NZ Merino Industry–Part I–Fibre & Brand

As part of my ongoing cultural research into NZ merino, today I attended the NZ Merino Company Conference, which brought in about 600 people. The first session introduced us to NZM’s fibre partners. From Italy, Reda, Loro Piana, Cariaggi and Rewoolution. From the UK, Johnstons of Elgin and John Smedley. From Germany, Südwolle. From Japan, […]

Re-designing merino: ''We need to put a ram on the moon!''

Tomorrow I’ll be attending the New Zealand Merino Company conference, the NZM Stampede, in Christchurch. While Federated Farmer’s President Don Nicholson has said that the wool industry needs research anarchy, John Brakenridge, CEO of the NZ Merino Co, is aiming for “a ram on the moon.” Early last year we made two videos on NZ […]