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Launching the Interface

Interface blog – We are launching an online platform for debate about the societal relevance and impacts of our work, as well as to inspire a wider discussion of related themes and issues. Today, we are excited to launch Interface, an online platform for debate about the societal relevance and impacts of our work, as […]

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Future-making on hold

Pandemic audio diaries from two Rift Valley lakes in Kenya by Anna Lisa Ramella and Martin Zillinger In this post, we share the accounts of our research partners from Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha in the Kenyan Rift Valley on how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic impacts their lives and livelihoods. In mobile research with mobile people, […]

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Feminist artistic attuning to the pandemic

by Magdalena Goetz Artistic interventions centring around queer/feminist discourses and practices are attuning differently to the pandemic: using social media and smartphones they invite participants to a virus version of a festival on digital feminism via YouTube and Telegram chats, to a collaborative feminist reading group via Zoom, to a solidarity online protest wearing digital […]

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Two questions, two answers

by Andreas Sudmann 1.How could/did one ‘attune’ to shifting research circumstances in light of the pandemic? Currently, I’m doing a media ethnographic study at TwentyBN, a company specialized in deep learning and computer vision technology. Recently, the startup has built an AI-driven iOS app for the fitness market called FITNESS ALLY. My focus is to […]

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The method of telegrammatic correspondence

A digital mode of inquiry during ‘lockdown’ by Tomás S. Criado and Adolfo Estalella Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak unfolded into a major health and social crisis in Spain – first leading to, and later due to, severe lockdown measures – we have been taking part in a messaging group. Since mid-March onwards this space […]

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How to approach participatory sensing practices during a pandemic?

by Daniela van Geenen In the beginning of this year, I had fleshed out an outline of my PhD research project aiming at the study of sensors as everyday knowledge technologies. As I sketch in my project description, sensors play an increasing role in the production and processing of data that inform about and help […]

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A personal take on ‘data from the margins’ during COVID-19 pandemic

by Asli Telli I have been caught in the whirlpool of infodemic like many of you for quite a long while; especially during the first stage of what has been varying degrees of lockdown in our small planet. I refer to the Earth as small since the past several months have also been a crash […]

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How could an ethnography of health data platforms attune to COVID-19?

by Danny Lämmerhirt The COVID-19 pandemic and the mediatization of social life raised lively discussions and concerns among academic and industry ethnographers. Rather than adding to discussions how to cope with the disappearance of ‘on-site’ research, I would like to speak about how COVID-19  prompted me to rethink some common conceptions of ethnographic research, and […]