Pt I, Companion animals (and belonging)

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

I’ve started pulling together my paper for the Losing Ground – Gaining Ground session at the RGS Conference in Exeter in September, where I’ll be presenting on what it means to belong in the valley in which I live. Part of this involves sorting [Edit: casual (iPhone)] photos I’ve taken of the plants, animals and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who owns the monkey selfie?

All of my students from the past few years will recognise this macacque selfie because I use it in my intro lectures and, frankly, pull it out every chance I get simply because I love it. But fellow explorer amongst the more-than-human, Michelle Bastian sent along a story this morning that made it even more […]

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 […]

Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him. For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way. For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness. For then […]

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 […]