This workshop provides a deep dive into cyborg theory & cyborg anthropology. The figure of the cyborg is, in the words of Donna Haraway, a "condensed image of imagination & material reality," & in a cyborg world, "nature & culture are reworked." To that end, the workshop will explore how a cyborg anthropology approach uniquely combines grounded research on the realities of human-technology interactions with an openness to speculation & imagination. We will also discuss how to use the lessons of cyborg anthropology to jumpstart innovation & reinvigorate established research programs.
Participants will leave the workshop with new knowledge & experience in research techniques used in ethnography & design research for studying human-technology systems.
Thursday, June 14th, 2018, 6-9 pm
Friday, June 15th, 2018, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
What You'll Learn
The workshop will cover topics including:
Overview of anthropological ethnography
Cyborgs in fact & theory
The ethnographic toolkit
Ethnography & technology
Case studies: medical cyborgs & driverless cars
Participants will learn through:
Background readings provided before the workshop
Reading periods during the workshop
Facilitated discussions about readings & research techniques
2 guided ethnographic activities
Library of reference materials available after the workshop
Who Will Benefit
This workshop will be most useful for people with some qualitative research experience, both in-house & independent, including:
Scholars exploring applied ethnography
Branding consultants & brand managers
Product & project managers with research responsibilities
Snacks & meals will be provided for both days of the workshop.