2018.02.08 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Professor Joe Dumit, University of California Davis, US will be a visiting guest researcher at IMC through April. From the AUFF IMC has received funding for the project titled: Critical Collaborations between Anthropology, Cognitive Science, and Data Science.


Bio of Joseph Dumit:

Joseph Dumit is Director of the Institute for Social Sciences, Chair of Performance Studies, and Professor of Science & Technology Studies, and of Anthropology at the University of California Davis. He is co-founder of the ModLab for game studies and game development (currently making a game on fracking), working with the KeckCAVES on 3D development for science and the arts, and developing a new "data studies" program for undergraduates. His most recent book is on pharmaceutical marketing and clinical trials called Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Duke University Press, 2012). Previously he wrote about neuroscientists making brain images, Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2004), and co-edited three books: with Gary Lee Downey, Cyborgs & Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technologies; with Robbie Davis-Floyd, Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots, and with Regula Burri, Biomedicine as Culture. He was an editor of the journal Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry. He is currently writing about flowcharts, neuroscience and computers; movement and improvisation; and social science methods. More detail here: http://dumit.net/joe/ and cv here: http://dumit.net/cv/


During the stay Joe Dumit will be involved in the following activities:


Embodied Creativity and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Friday April 13 (9-12), Friday, April 20 (9-12), Thursday, April 26 (9-12)(IMC). 
Hands on workshop,, details to follow


Ethnographic methods in the digital age 
Wednesday, April 18 (Department of Anthropology, Moesgaard, 10-15): 
Working description: Presentation of new approaches to ethnography using digital tools, and studying digital cultures. Examples include massively distributed "online" communities (gameplayers, scientists, patients), "interface" ethnography (fieldwork, interviewing, and sharing via screens), and methods combining online and offline research (since everyone mixes these differently). Particular focus will be given to para-ethnographic approaches where the anthropologist of science is a full participant in scientific and data-driven experiments.  Participants will be given readings and small assignments in advance. Opportunities for exploring their research topics as data-networks, as digital games, and collaborative projects in small groups will be provided.


Data Anthropology
Monday, April 23, 13-15 (IMC) 
The seminar will give an overview of possibilities, challenges and perils in data science as seen from an anthropological point of view -- aimed at those who work with data tools as well as anthropologists. Beyond studying the roles of data in society, ethnographers have been studying data practices and algorithm development, collaborating with data scientists, and applying comparative methods to data ontologies. Examples include data archaeology (tracing the lifecycles and sociology of data), bioethnography (combining big data and ethnography), and critical data science (collaborative visual interpretation of large datasets, using e.g., haptic 3D virtual environments). 


Asaf Bachrach guest lecture (http://www.sfl.cnrs.fr/asaf-bachrach)
IMC, Wednesday, April  25, 13-15