ETHOS Lab

ETHOS Lab is a critical feminist methods laboratory dedicated to experimentation at the intersection of digital methods, ethnographic inquiry, and speculative fabulation.
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Events

An expression of interests and inspiration as well as an invitation to interdisciplinary participation.
Hopes for nurturing crafts and skills in an environment of community. 

Seminar: Argh, where’s my data?!

It seems that data are everywhere – except the times when they aren’t there! Data can sometimes be absent, invisible, gone, not found, missing or simply dead. In a research process these absences and invisibilities can cause disillusionment, confusion, frustration, anxiety, relief, a laugh, and a whole lot of work.

Critical Technological Pedagogies as Future Making

ETHOS Lab will host a workshop to explore how the approaches we take in pedagogical design also tell us about the kind of digital future we want. The many decisions that go into building a learning environment for critical reflection on digital technologies include developing syllabi and learning exercises, creating spaces for formal and informal education, making choices of coding languages in coding clubs, etc.

Jasmin Shokoui is Interning this Fall

  ETHOS Lab has the joy of hosting Jasmin Shokoui this fall who will be doing her academic internship with us. She is a student from Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich and the master’s program...

Adam Veng joins ETHOS’ Community

ETHOS Lab welcomes Adam Veng, who has just taken on a position as RA in the project Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition. He will join ETHOS' research community and continue the tradition of working with mapping and critical thinking.   Here he gives an...

Weibo, Social Credit System, and Blood – Research Update

Since August, the Moving Data Moving People project has been meeting in the Lab to explore Weibo data, collected by Qiuyu Jiang and Mace Ojala. After early MDMP research showed considerable public discussion in China around the inclusion of blood in the pilot social...

Python Study Group – Autumn 2021

The popular study group hosted by ETHOS Lab will once again return to ITU! The purpose of the study group is to gather a community of people interested in learning the programming language Python. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or programming wizard. Everyone...

Limits

Our thematic emphasis for 2021 is Limits. 2020, while it loomed ahead of us was a year that connoted the very idea of “the future”, of unlimited potential, of possibility. But as we reflected together as a lab on the past year (hindsight, they say, is 20/20), we saw that it was truly a year of recognizing limits.

Blog: Metadata

We love data and technology in all its forms, figures and cultures. What we love even more, is to write about it. This blog is the outlet of Lab Life – our projects, challenges, reflections and arguments with traits of science and technology studies and feminist theory.

Finding Direction: Scoping a Project with Many Possible Routes

By Rikke Haslund Jønsson, Junior Researcher   My research process in ETHOS Lab started with the desire to find a way to organize and optimize individual learning for myself and other students as a reaction to the focus on group lectures and group work. I found...

Where is “Ethos” in AI Ethics?

By Georgios Natsios, Junior Researcher   How can one of the most overwhelming powers of Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, be combined with philosophy, ethics, and anthropology? How can AI be ethical with a minimum bias to society, humanity, and nature? Can...

The Adventures of DIY Sustainable Computing

By Luis Landa Nearly a year ago, I embarked on a journey to build, document, and deploy a solar powered website and server. This idea was born out of a desire to explore the intersection between ecology and technology to engage with sustainable computing and low-tech...

Upon Returning: Thinking Transitioning Through the Lens of Transformation

By Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding, Lab Manager Come the new semester, we as employees at ITU are expected to be returning to our offices after spending close to 1,5 years working from home, or at least under different restrictions of access to our workplace. During...

Power Through Hashtags Part II: (Dis)Empowered by Hashtags?

Written by Casper Frohn   Introduction: Concluding a Journey In my previous blogpost, I presented a theoretical foundation to showcase my journey in exploring the role of hashtags in activism. I argued how democracy is not merely a set of institutional...

Understanding more sides to individual learning

Written by Rikke Haslund Jønsson As a university student, you are told that you are responsible for your learning. This is both my personal experience and a collective experience amongst my friends and fellow students. There are parts of the learning experience in...

Remote Residencies: Building PhD Communities during the pandemic

By Rachel Douglas-Jones and Luísa Reis Castro   Going abroad during a PhD.... In Denmark, PhD students are required during their studies to complete a period of study abroad. Depending on their caring responsibilities and networks, this might be in commuting...

Power Through Hashtags: Investigating Hashtags in Activism (and Reflecting on How to Do So)

Power Through Hashtags: Investigating Hashtags in Activism (and Reflecting on How to Do So) Written by Casper Frohn Opening Reflections: An Unnerving Journey In this blogpost we will take a journey into a world of abstract ideas and concepts, such as democracy and...

Ecological Thought and Digital Technology What can be learned by following a “hands-on” approach to sustainable IT?

By Luis Landa The very relationship of IT or more precisely consumer technology and our eco-systems was at the core of my thinking and research for my master thesis. Driven by a search for a way to incorporate ecological thinking into IT and our digital lives, I came...

Playing with “Playing with method” – Attending Game design as ethnographic research as the ETHOS Lab

Written by Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding, Mace Ojala, and Rachel Douglas-Jones  Over the Spring of 2021, members of the ETHOS Lab joined together online to participate in the three-part event series Playing with...