July 12-13: Cyborg Anthropology Workshop

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This workshop, offered through my research group Implosion Labs in Brooklyn, NY, provides a deep dive into cyborg theory and cyborg anthropology. The figure of the cyborg is, in the words of Donna Haraway, a “condensed image of imagination and material reality,” and in a cyborg world, “nature and 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 and imagination. We will also discuss how to use the lessons of cyborg anthropology to jumpstart innovation and reinvigorate established research programs.

Participants will leave the workshop with new knowledge and experience in research techniques used in ethnography and design research for studying human-technology systems.


Thursday, July 12th, 2018, 6-9 pm

Friday, July 13th, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

What You’ll Learn

The workshop will cover topics including:

Overview of anthropological ethnography
Cyborgs in fact and theory
The ethnographic toolkit
Ethnography and technology
Case studies: medical cyborgs and driverless cars
Participants will learn through:

Background readings provided before the workshop
Reading periods during the workshop
Facilitated discussions about readings and 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 and independent, including:

Practicing ethnographers
Scholars exploring applied ethnography
Design researchers
User researchers/UXers
Qualitative researchers
Market researchers
Branding consultants and brand managers
Product and project managers with research responsibilities

Details, Details

Snacks and meals will be provided for both days of the workshop.

Sign up now.