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Workshop: Creating Better Visualisations (with STS) plus guest lecture by Laura Watts Tue, Feb 18th 2020, 10-5pm, Goldsmiths

For those who missed it just before Christmas:

Creating Better Visualisations (with STS). A workshop with guest lecture by
Laura Watts
Tuesday, February 18th 2020, 10am-5pm
Goldsmiths, University of London
How can we advance visualisation practices as modes of doing STS? While STS
has been at the forefront of analyzing the role of visualizations in
scientific practice (e.g. Latour, Lynch & Woolgar, Daston & Galison etc.), the
role of visualizations in STS has gained little attention. In this workshop,
we put to ‘trial’ our own visualisations and visual practices. In so
doing, we invite participants to bring visualizations drawn from their past or
ongoing projects which will be used as a reource for the cross-examination of
visualization practices in STS. In groups, we will first analyze these
visualisations, and invite participants to consider typical STS questions,
such as: How do these visualisations re-present the world? How do they draw
together? How do they bring different entities and elements into a single and
consistent plane? How are entities included into collectives and what gets
excluded, or othered? What are the visualization techniques employed to
include and exclude and how are they enacted? What are the agencies,
competencies and politics behind them? In a second step, we will re-work these
visualisations, based on the analysis gained in the first step. We will aim to
include hitherto forgotten objects and actors as well proposing virtual
entities in order to consider how visualisation can move analysis from the
reflexive to considerations of the speculative. This will involve trying
different perspectives in order to see what happens if others (experts,
scholars, practitioners, implicated actors and so on) become invested in our
own visualisations.
The workshop will begin with a lecture by Laura Watts (Interdisciplinary
Senior Lecturer in Energy & Society, University of Edinburgh and author of
'Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga’, MIT Press) on
'Seeing the energy future on the page: working in the whitespace between
Workshop participants are asked to bring a visual aspect of their own research
project and an interest in opening their project up to engagement with other
Participation is free, and lunch will be served.

Registration is required here:

Organised by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP), Michael
Guggenheim, Isaac-Marrero Guillamon and Alex Wilkie
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