The Whole World is Networking : And other December happenings…

Christmas break has not started yet! We have a few more exciting things going on in the lab before we let out for the holidays.

Today at 13.15, Daniel Kreiss from Stanford University will give a talk entitled, The Whole World is Networking: Crafting Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama

While many scholars of online politics focus on the falling costs of information as enabling new forms of collective action, this talk argues that digital electoral practices are the product of the sociotechnical work of a network of individuals and organizations that give them a particular shape and form. Through open-ended interviews and participant observation I follow a network of actors that convened on the 2003-2004 Howard Dean campaign for Democratic presidential nomination and subsequently founded and joined many organizational sites in the political field, culminating in Barack Obama’s 2007-2008 presidential run. I show how these figures carried a host of digital artifacts and practices honed on the Dean effort to other electoral and advocacy campaigns. In contrast to many accounts that celebrate seemingly leveled, collaborative participation, contemporary Democratic electoral practices are premised on sophisticated data gathering and the convening and leveraging of peer networks for institutionalized campaign ends. I demonstrate how these sociotechnical practices create new electoral collectives that extend the agency of citizens in some domains while foreclosing more substantive forms of participation. I conclude by showing the cultural work that goes into motivating, managing, and legitimating these forms of collective action.

There are also a few workshops going on next week.

14 december kl. 16.00-18.00
Genuskompetens och jämställdhet i den digitala upplevelseindustrin
-Är kreativitet könsbunden?-

Workshopen kommer konkret behandla frågor om jämställdhet i relation till den digitala upplevelseindustrin och sker inom ramen för projekt DINO, Digitala Idéplatser Norr, ett projekt för alla som jobbar inom digital medie- och upplevelseindustri i Västerbottens län.
Kvällen inleds med en presentation av Pernilla Karlsson, grundare av företaget Add Gender samt jämställdhetskonsult, som ger praktiska råd på hur jämställdhet kan gå från tanke till handling.
Vi kommer även höra Leif Marklund och Peter Vinnervik presentera kursen Datorspel och lärande som ges vid Umeå Universitet. Som initiativtagare till denna kommer de att berätta om vilken roll genusperspektiv har haft i planerande och genomförande av kursen. Därefter kommer Magdalena Larsson, spelrecensent och frilansjournalist, att prata om datorspel och könsstereotyper utifrån en spelares perspektiv. Som tidigare student i Datorspel och lärande kommer hon även att bidra med ett studentperspektiv på nämnda kurs.
Kvällen avslutas med en öppen diskussion om branschen sett ur ett jämställdhetsperspektiv och om vilka konkurrensfördelar det innebär för ett företag att öka sin genuskompetens, både inom skapandet av produkter, tillhandahållandet av tjänster och i den egna arbetsmiljön.
Föranmälan görs senast den 10 december till Emma Ewadotter (emma.ewadotter@humlab.umu.se) .
16 december kl. 13.00 -17.00
Mapping Data: Performing Landscape
Our relationship with landscape is being explored through GPS and GIS across the arts, humanities and sciences. Questions that will be raised during the workshop: How is GPS used to create maps in different disciplines? What are the cultural implications of GPS and GIS? For the audience? For the map-maker? How do we annotate and story tell? How can geographical data be explored, compared, analyzed and animated over time? What are the social and technical resources required? How does GPS affect our understanding of landscape?
This multi-disciplinary seminar will bring together researchers from the UK, Sweden and Australia to discuss their research.

Speakers:
Paul Arthur, HUMlab Research Fellow. Virtual Perth, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, (UC Berkley).
Fredrik Palm, QVIZ, HUMlab.
Per Sandstrom, Remote Sensing Laboratory, SLU, Forest Resource Management,
Umeå University.
Jen Southern, Artist, Running Stitch, University of Lancaster, UK.
The presentations will be followed by a discussion chaired by Ele Carpenter, Research Fellow at HUMlab. This workshop is open to students, researchers and academics at Umeå University.

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