Writing imaginaries, making futures
Thematic workshop with Laura Watts
The research division of Technoscience Studies at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is a partner of National Reseach School InterGender funded by VR, the Swedish Research Council. Coordinator of the School is professor Nina Lykke, Tema Genus University of Linköping.
InterGender is a research school in interdisciplinary gender studies that establishes interconnections between Swedish PhD programmes as well as four major European research schools. The aim of InterGender is to further increase the quality of PhD training offered in gender studies, by creating a systematized programme of PhD courses, PhD supervisors courses, thematic research seminars and conferences. Please visit the website of InterGender
The research school had it's first course in February 2009, on Transdisciplinary Theories and Practices, hosted by the research division of Technoscience Studies, BTH, campus Karlshamn, Sweden.
The research division of Technoscience Studies is hosting a thematic workshop March 26 - 28, 2012, namely Writing Imaginaries, Making Futures with Laura Watts as teacher. Laura Watts is a writer, poet and ethnographer at Technologies in Practice (TiP), IT University of Copenhagen.
Description of Writing Imaginaries, Making Futures
What if the study and crafting of fiction and fact happened explicitly, instead of covertly, in the same room, and in all the rooms? This is a question that Donna Haraway posed following her concern with knowledge-making (Haraway 1997: 110), and which this course takes as an invitation to experiment with different forms of empirical writing practice.
This is a practice-based course to explore diverse methods for writing material- semiotic fictions fictions that are both grounded in empirical evidence from fieldwork as well as generative. This will be a supportive place for participants to experiment with different writing techniques and technologies, from short story to twitter poetry to graphic novel. It will also critically examine the potential effects of such writing interventions: writing is always a political practice that makes a difference in the world, and therefore participates in making particular futures (and not others).
The aims of the workshop are to: produce a set of experimental pieces of writing based on empirical research; explore a set of critical tools for analyzing the effects and efficacy of such writing and the material-semiotic imaginaries they create. As an outcome, we hope to collect some of these material-semiotic fictions into an online book.
This is an interdisciplinary course, which will be informed by work in feminist technoscience (Visweswaran 1994; Haraway 1997; Suchman 2007), science studies (Shapin 1984), post actor-network theory (Law 2004), design anthropology (Ingold 2000), and ethnography (Tsing and Pollman 2005). Participants are very welcome from all disciplinary backgrounds, however.
For more information see this link.