Une journée avec/One day with Donna Haraway – 29/03/2017

GECo - Groupe d'études constructivistes


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Ce mercredi 29 mars 2017, de 10h à 17h, le GECo aura le plaisir de recevoir Donna Haraway (UC Santa Cruz) pour une journée d’étude autour de son dernier livre, Staying with the Trouble (Duke University Press, 2016). En matinée, Donna Haraway donnera une conférence sur son livre, tandis que l’après-midi sera consacrée à des échanges entre Haraway, les membres du GECo et le public. Rendez-vous à la Salle Darwin (ULB, campus de la Plaine); téléchargez ici l’affiche-programme de la journée.

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 10:00am to 05:00pm, the GECo is honored to welcome Donna Haraway (UC Santa Cruz) for a one-day symposium around her last book, Staying with the Trouble (Duke University Press, 2016). In the morning, Pr. Haraway will give a keynote speech about her book, while the afternoon will be a time of exchanges between Haraway, members of the GECo, and…

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Literary Brussels / Bruselas literaria

Bruselas, esta increible ciudad, que muchos describen como « insipida », « aburrida », « caotica », « triste, Gris y humeda » ha sido , y es, un punto de cruce multicultural y por ello un punto de cruce literario.
Es por ello que Ezelstad ha creado un mapa literario interactivo de Bruselas basado en la informacion de dos libros : « Sur les pas des écrivains à Bruxelles », Goffin, 2012 y « Bruxelles vue par les grands écrivains »,Lebouc,2011.

Pueden visitar el mapa aqui ( Francés)

Literary Brussels 

Anthropology in the digital worlds

Y for Yenndetta

A few months ago, BBC did a news series on AI and robotics. Part of the series was a list of jobs ranked according to their ‘automation risks’, on the basis of a paper by two Oxford researchers titled The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to automation. Social and humanities scientists (ranked 279th of 366) and higher education teaching professionals (327th of 366), the jobs to which I related most closely among others on the list, were both in the ‘quite unlikely’ category with a very small risk of being replaced by robots (10% and 3% respectively). Er … a sigh of relief?

In this context, I would imagine that anthropology would be one of the last disciplines to be affected by technology. I believe I am not the only one with such a perception, and I suspect the perception has something to do with the…

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Pokemon, Privilege, and Other People’s Problems

Visible Futures

if you’re on social media (of course you’re on social media) you have no doubt seen the convergence of the two streams of news the past 72 hours. One, of course, is the week’s long plunge back into the national debate on police violence, Black Lives Matter, and America’s love/hate relationship with violence. The other is Pokemon Go, the mobile game being heralded as a game changer and as the best game ever (one hopes by people who have limited experience with games).

The coming together of these two is not of the peanut butter and chocolate variety, but rather more like toothpaste and pickle juice in that I’ve noticed it leaves a bad taste in a lot of peoples’ mouths. Specifically there are numerous posts floating around to the effect of  (paraphrasing here since I don’t want to call anyone in particular out) « Pokemon Go is awesome and it’s…

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What is Web Science?

Ramblings of a Web Scientist

The World Wide Web has changed the course of human history forever, the Web has empowered individuals, invigorated collaboration and unleashed social creativity. To understand what Web Science is, we need a retrospective glance at how Web Science came to be a recognised interdisciplinary field, covering one of the most important ongoing inventions of the last 25 years.

Back in 2006, a call to arms for a new discipline was offered in the form of an online 130-page monograph by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and collaborators. In this, Web Science is introduced and described as the science of decentralised information systems which needs to be studied, understood, and also need to be engineered. Berners-Lee called for a new approach of analysing the Web through the collaboration of researchers from fields such as mathematics, physics, biology and economics with engineers and computer scientists; with the hope of enriching our understanding of…

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Cybernetics: the vital notions of entropy and information (I)

My STS Sketchbook

In 1948 Norbert Wiener published his book « Cybernetics or Control and Communication in animals and machines, » a treatise in which he postulated the creation of science Cybernetics. On the basis of Gibbs’ statistical mechanics, to which he attributes the revolution over Newtonian physics long before Einstein and quantum mechanics, Wiener compares the performance of self-regulating machines to that of living beings through the fundamental notions of information, feedback, homeostasis and freuquency correlation (or resonance), among others. Many of his results arise from the application of his knowledge of electrical circuits to the animal nervous system, others from the understanding of organic processes as schemes of self-regulation, translatable to automata. A number of technical challenges and the subsequent proposal of a new agenda of scientific problems were made possible through intensive collaboration between Wiener and experts from many different fields (biologists, engineers, computer scientists, anthropologists …), whose landmark were the conferences…

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