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Critical Automobility Studies blog

Dear Colleagues,

We have recently initiated a Critical Automobility Studies Lab in the division
of Techno-Science & Societal Transformation at the Institute for Advanced
Studies in Vienna.

The appearance of Covid19 has resulted in a total rearrangement of social
timespace. A little less than two weeks ago we sent out a call for
contributions to a blog on our website asking for short reflections on this
rearrangement of personal and social timespace.

We have received many excellent critical contributions from automobility,
mobility, RRI and STS scholars around the globe, which we would like to bring
to your attention. The blog can be accessed at:

Should you feel inspired after reading them, contributions (in English in an
academic blog fashion) can be sent to and
we will notify you once it is online. More details regarding blog
contributions are available at:

Best regards,

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Braun
Senior Researcher, Techno-Science & Societal Transformation
Curator, Critical Automobility Studies Lab []
Institut fr Hhere Studien - Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
Josefstdter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria

My reflection on the corona situation:
My most recent paper on research ethics:
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Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 1:53 PM
Subject: [EASST-Eurograd] UPDATES - Commoning Design and Designing Commons -
Interactive Workshop @ PDC 2020 15-19 June 2020, Colombia Manizales

Dear all,

we are glad to inform you that, following the plan b implemented for PDC
2020, also Commoning Design and Designing Commons interactive workshop will
take place as an online/remote workshop.

Furthermore, the submission deadline for expressions of interest has been
extended to 15th April!

During the next days, more information will be updated on the workshop

Best regards,
Giacomo (on behalf of workshop organizers)

On 09-Mar-20 08:17, GP wrote:
Dear colleagues,

we want to draw your attention and invite you to participate to the workshop:
Commoning Design and Designing Commons, which will take place at the next
Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2020 "Participation(s) Otherwise", in
Colombia (Manizales).

In this workshop, we aim to explore the relevance of the commons (as an
objective) and commoning (as a way of doing and being) for Participatory
Design activities, especially for those that aim seriously and critically at
supporting sustainable futures for all (not only humans). There seems to
currently be a lack of infrastructures to cultivate and care for commoning
approaches. The available technologies, spaces and organization principles are
mainly focused in dealing with scarcity and private property. There is a need
to look for broader spectrum issues, not to run the risk of making it too easy
to abuse resources, too difficult to make contributions, or embrace
pluralities. Furthermore, issues of passing on best practices related to
commoning seem to always pose challenges. The need to connect commoning
practices to the variety of cooperative subjects transforming our society is
also urgent [20]. Based on the above, we seek contributions that highlight,
reflect and raise awareness around some of these questions:

How can we design better infrastructures and frameworks that enable,
mediate, protect, and foster the emerging and increasingly complex commoning
What new design vocabulary, principles, policies, guidelines, and
practices are needed to contribute to co-designing commons? How to connect
this vocabulary with the one of feminism, environmentalism, indigenous
movements, and the other transformative movements populating our common
How to articulate collaborative practices with sharing resources in the
long run? What kind of alliances need to be made? Which ones should be
How to deal with the contradictions that arise from cultivating commons
in capitalist societies and in individualistic cultures?
What is to be learned from activist commoners globally already
experimenting with and applying new practices of commoning?
What other commons-based practices can we learn from indigenous
knowledge and sharing traditions?

Our intention is to continue ongoing efforts to link discussions and research
done in a commoning framework to collaborative practices found in design
around (more established) human but also (emergent) planet centred design,
participatory design and open design, and in line with the PDC2020 theme, for
Participation(s) otherwise.

How to participate:
Interested participants can send a brief position paper reflecting on a
current project or case on the theme commons/commoning and participatory
design (1 A4 page case/project presentation, in PDF, to be extended if
accepted to workshop) to both:
Joanna ( and Giacomo
(, with the e-mail subject: "PDC2020:
Commoning Design WS"

Deadline for position papers is 30th March
Selected participants will be informed by 15th April
The full-day workshop will be held on 15th or 16th June (tbc soon on website)

Workshop organizers:
- Andrea Botero, Aalto University, Finland/Universidad de los Andes
- Sanna Marttila, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Giacomo Poderi, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Joanna Saad-Sulonen, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Anna Seravalli, Malm University, Sweden
- Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University, Denmark
- Frederick M.C van Amstel, UTFPR, Brazil

Read more about the workshop at:
For more information on PDC2020 "Participation(s) Otherwise", visit:

Best regards,

Giacomo Poderi
Assistant Professor
IT University of Copenhagen, Digital Design Department.
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.

The Long Now of the Commons (17/10/2019) Event Report available
Latest publication: Sustaining platforms as
commons. Codesign 15(3).
Editorial board member of Tecnoscienza - Italian Journal of Science and
Technology Studies.
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