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  • Mark 7:52 pm on June 24, 2015 Permalink
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    Things I’ve been reading recently #9 

    • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    • The Children Act – Ian McEwan
    • Meatball Sundae – Seth Godin (slightly embarrassed to admit this)
    • The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson
    • It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – dana boyd
    • Seeing Ourselves Through Technology – Jill Rettberg
    • Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free – Cory Doctorow
    • The Culture of Connectivity – Jose van Dijck

    Graphic Novels:

    • Uber Volume 4 (it’s so good!)
  • Mark 2:29 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Towards a Digital Social Ontology: Free Day Symposium in London on July 8th 

    The Social Ontology of Digital Data & Digital Technology
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    This innovative symposium brings together leading figures from a variety of fields which address issues of digital technology and digital data. We’ve invited speakers with a range of intellectual perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds who engage with questions relating to digital data and digital technology in their work. Our suggestion is that social ontology, however this might be construed, represents a potential common ground that could cut across this still rather siloed domain of inquiry into the social dimensions of digital technology.

    The symposium aims to explore this possibility by assembling a diverse range of perspectives and drawing them into a dialogue about a common question, without assuming a shared understanding of the topic at hand. Our aim is to extend this digitally via twitter, podcast and blog beyond the event itself, in order to facilitate an extended conversation that will draw more people into its remit as it circulates after the symposium itself.

    To this end, we invite each speaker to address this theme (the social ontology of digital data & digital technology) in whatever way they choose. Each speaker will have 30 mins to talk and 15 mins for questions. We’ll have an accomplished audio editor on hand to record each talk as a podcast. These will be released on http://www.socialontology.org and will be circulated on social media in order to try and stimulate a continuing debate around the issues raised at the symposium. The hashtag for the day will be #socialontology.

    This event is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Chair: Celia Lury (Warwick)

    Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths) – Does Digital Sociology have a Problem?
    Jochen Runde (Cambridge) – Non-materiality and the Ontology of Digital Objects
    Alistair Mutch (NTU) – Organizational Implications of Digital Data
    Susan Halford (Southampton) – title TBC
    Nick Couldry (LSE) – title TBC
    Emma Uprichard (Warwick) – title TBC

  • Mark 2:29 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink
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    Are you a PhD student or early career researcher interested in social ontology? 

    Centre for Social Ontology PhD/ECR Conference
    June 23rd, University of Warwick, 10am – 4pm

    Social ontology is integral to the study of society. It is impossible to inquire into the social world without some understanding, at least tacitly, concerning the entities which make up that world and their properties and powers. However social ontology remains an often confused and contentious matter within the social sciences.

    The first Centre for Social Ontology PhD and ECR conference seeks to address this matter through papers exploring the role of social ontology within sociology.

    The conference is open to all PhD students and Early Career Researchers with an interest in social ontology.


    9:30 to 10:00 — Welcome and coffee

    10:00 to 11:30 — 3 papers

    • Jonathan Beacham: Mixed Method Ontologies and Dialectical Futures
    • Adam Wood: Why Architecture Needs a Social Ontology
    • Giulia Lasagni: Mutual Recognition and Social Commitment

    11:30 to 11:45 – Coffee

    11:45 to 12:45 – 2 papers

    • Janet Lord: What does it mean to be a teacher? A critical realist approach.
    • Kalok Yip: IHL and IHRL – Convergence of Laws, Conflation of Ontologies

    12:45 to 13:30 – LUNCH

    13:30 to 15:00 — 3 papers

    • Gry Cecilie Høiland: Using a critical realist approach for studying the implementation of a work inclusion policy measure at the front lines of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Agency – methodological implications
    • Michael Bauwens: What is social ontology (not)?
    • Michael Edward Walsh: titlte TBC

    15:00 to 15:30 – Coffee

    15:30 to 16:30 – 2 papers

    • Maryam Al Mohammad: Towards building a researcher methodological habitus
    • Sara Melo: Exploring the ontology of patient safety

    This event is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation


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