Materializing Data with Macrame

Blog post by Assistant Professor Vasiliki Tsaknaki reflecting on the online workshop for Ada Lovelace Day

‘We saw a potential on further exploring how softness, as a quality of data materialization, can create new relations to how data can be represented and interpreted, while at the same time perhaps challenge the “objectivity” and “neutrality” of data’

Pitch & Play with the Junior Researchers

The last couple of weeks, the workshop-format for ‘pitch & play’ have been conducted online and this begged for extra creativity from the pitchers. Here is an insight into one of these creative (and geeky fun!) sessions. 

Python Study Group - Corona Edition

After last semester’s fully online digital version, the study group team have done an amazing job in supporting Python Study Group (PSG) in this Autumn 2020 hybrid semester, and this blog post details how they’ve gone about it.

The-Digital-Anthropocene

The Syllabus on the Digital Anthropocene can now be downloaded. As a result of partly a workshop in ETHOS Lab with Hannah Knox’s and the initiative by James Maguire and Astrid O. Andersen. 

Research, Interrupted

Fieldwork for ethnographers has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to shift under our feet. In the spring of this year, PhD students and their supervisors were struggling with the implications. Some remained in the field, willingly or stuck. Others were required to return – to home that was where their University was, to home that was elsewhere.

Become a Junior Researcher

ETHOS Lab, an experimental methods lab involved in both ethnographic practices and digital methods.

It is a research community run by researchers and volunteer students. As a student, you have the opportunity of becoming part of this community by enrolling in the volunteer position ‘Junior Researcher’. We are recruiting new Junior Researchers right now with an application deadline 25 September 12:00 noon. 

Python Study Group

The popular Python Study Group is hosted by ETHOS Lab again this semester, taking place on Wednesdays from 17:30 – 19:30 (room 5A14-16) starting 23. Sept 2020. 

There will be 8 weeks of sessions (excluding Fall Break in week 41, Wednesday 14 Oct) beginning on Wednesday 23 September and ending on the 18 November 2020. The community-centred learning will revolve around the book ‘Learn Python the Hard Way’ and no prior programming skills are required to participate. 

Research, Interrupted

Fieldwork for ethnographers has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to shift under our feet. In the spring of this year, PhD students and their supervisors were struggling with the implications. Some remained in the field, willingly or stuck. Others were required to return – to home that was where their University was, to home that was elsewhere.

The-Digital-Anthropocene

In February 2019, we hosted a Syllabus Workshop in the ETHOS Lab. Hannah Knox’s visit coincided with an initiative James Maguire and Astrid O. Andersen had begun with a Slow Seminar at Aarhus University, and together we decided to convene around a syllabus workshop for a field we wanted to call The Digital Anthropocene.

Doing STS research in a postcolonial field

We wrote our thesis in the spring of 2020, while being Junior Researchers in ETHOS Lab. In our thesis we investigated the implementation of Public Digital Mail (PDM) in Greenland. In our research quest we conducted fieldwork in Nuuk in the early spring of 2020. This blogpost has the intention of partly explaining our research endeavour and partly giving concrete advice to other STS researchers on how to do research in a postcolonial field. During our fieldwork we had an ongoing digital diary in the form of the ETHOS Lab instagram.

Interview with Benedict

Interviewed by Luuk Blum, ETHOS Lab Assistant and active with ITU’s green community RethinkIT

One nice similarity between Benedict and the lab that emerged after the interview was that he’s named his devices after female scientists; Laptop: Lise Meitner, Tablet: Ada Lovelace, Phone: Grace Hopper