In praise of muddling

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

I’ve been rather harshly reminded of late how bad a forum Twitter is for complex discussion, so I’m going to try to work through some tangled thoughts and experiences here instead. (And maybe something I write will help me reflexively attend to my own research later on.) Although I would think it goes without saying, […]

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: Stop motion farming

One of the things I planned for my sabbatical is learning how to make stop motion videos for research dissemination / public engagement. I’ve never done it before, and although I’ve always enjoyed the aesthetic, I’ve chosen it because of the relatively low barrier to entry, especially in terms of skill. In my case, scenery […]

Fieldnotes: “I am a fieldnote”

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in Fieldnotes, Research Methodologies

It’s hard to explain to others how we do something. Anything. But it’s especially difficult to do it when much of what happens takes place in our own minds, hearts and guts, and with our own hands and backs and feet–whether we’re ethnographers or welders or veterinarians or priests. As a student I wasn’t taught […]

AAA2015 research

I didn’t make it to AAA2015, but I wanted to make sure I noted sessions of interest so I can keep an eye out for people, publications, etc. Loosely grouped & in no particular order: Multispecies Ethnography MULTISPECIES MORALS AND MORE-THAN-HUMAN ETHICAL ENTANGLEMENTS CYBORGS, HYBRIDS, AND MONSTERS: ANTHROPOLOGIES OF LIVELY TRANSGRESSIONS MICROSOCIALITY I: THINKING WITH […]

Design Ethnography in the Anthropocene

It’s the second week of winter trimester, and I’m teaching my second-year undergraduate course in Design Ethnography. The theme this year is the Anthropocene, or how design relates to people’s relationships with animals, plants, the Earth’s elements, and “natural” materials in an era defined by humanity’s impact on the planet. In this course, students learn […]

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 […]

Interview on our Counting Sheep research

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Research Methodologies

Sara Hendren has published a thoughtful and kind review on Gizmodo’s Abler website of the BoneKnitter speculative design ethnography project with Dani Clode. Not only is Sara the kind of generous interviewer who brings out the best in her subjects, but her insightful questions also taught me something about myself and my work–and for that […]

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, […]

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 […]