Launch of CAST workshops a success with more to follow
Wednesday 15th June, 2011
The first in a series of CAST workshops took place on 14 June 2011. The workshop, Homes beyond home
was a success with over 60 participants and generating lots of positive
energy for the newly-launched Centre for Creative and Social Technologies.
A series of four workshops have been devised by Janis Jefferies (Professor Visual Arts, co-director CAST) and Dr Sarah Kember (Media and Communications) to explore common interests and synergies across the college under the banner of creative and social technologies.
These workshops seek more specifically to explore what is meant and done within the college with respect to social technologies. As well as examining the social uses of particular technologies in the home, in the workplace or on the move, we might also begin to unpack ideas about use and utility in the context of media and technology and explore different kinds of relations based on literacy, play, companionship, co-constitution, dependence, mastery (or its opposite), self expression, self promotion, and so on. What are the major concerns that arise with social media and social technologies? We might think in terms of:
- education and pedagogy
- design and usability
- the technical and ideological aspects of interactivity and user-generated content
- community and developments in social networking, medicine, health and care
- privacy and surveillance
- marketisation and neoliberal forms of governance
- copyright, data management
- intellectual property human-computer interaction (HCI)
- wider debates on the history, philosophy and culture of human-machine relations (including developments in AI, ALife, robotics and virtual environments)
We also welcome proposal outlines under these or related headings.
Workshops in this series are planned for Autumn 2011, Spring 2012 and Summer 2012. See the events page and watch this space for future announcements.