Good morning to you and bye-bye 2020!

This will be our final letter this year and what a year it has been! When Heads of Lab Rachel and Marisa, announced the annual theme for 2020 to be Deep Time, little did we expect ourselves to be in this deep. Covid-19 pandemic certainly required agile planning, distributed settings and reinventing what lab life could be. 

A quick look back, the covid-19 pandemic also forced new ways of connecting. A PhD course 'Research, Interrupted' gathering more than 100 participants from around the world - all struggling with conducting research during various forms of lockdowns and restrictions. A Pandemic Diaries on pandemic thoughts, lives, realities, numbers and how it was all affecting us and the world around us. And then there were all the cancellations or re-configurations... The lab's 5-year birthday party moved online with letters in a bottle, planned visits and workshops were postponed, the Biennale with Lab of Aesthetics and Ecology, conferences cancelled along with the launch of the second edition of the GDPR Chapbook 'Common Erasures: Speaking back to GDPR'. 

It also became a year of reflection. Our local hosting of Distribute 2020 conference prepared us for the New Normal for 2020 - online participation. The syllabus The Digital Anthropocene grounded us in the computational present and its materiality. Research, Interrupted opened new avenues for research. And, Ada Lovelace Day's workshop with Vasiliki Tsaknaki raised important data visualization questions - read Vasiliki's reflections in her blog post.

We want to thank everyone in the lab for coping with the extraordinary circumstances and making lab-life happen despite restrictions and limitations. Our minds, bodies and social proximities need to recover! Invitation below for a social and fun X-mas party zooming in on creative bye-bye-2020 letters and a competition! 

Also a huge THANK YOU to the ITU organizers behind the 3-day event 'Women in Research: A Day is not enough', Lara Reime, Jessamy Perriam, Louise Harder Fischer and Helle Martens! An event that was raised to a higher level, professionally designed and woven with care for the participants. Ending the event with a talk by and with Cathrine D’Ignazio & Laura Klein, authors of Data Feminism was a brilliant practice-based inspiration that called to action for everyone at ITU. 

On a practical matter, ETHOS Lab is for the next few months running without a Lab Manager but we are expecting it to be resolved at the beginning of the year. In the meantime, please have patience.  

Stay safe and sane - and remember to subscribe. Keep us posted on social media [twitter, facebook Instagram

Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year! 

All the best,

Co-heads of Lab: Marisa Cohn & Rachel Douglas-Jones
Post doc: Katrine Meldgaard Kjær
Lab Manager & Newsletter Editor: Marie Blønd

Reflections on the Macramé and Data Feminism Workshop

Blog Post

Macramé and Data Feminism Workshop

Reflections by Assistant Professor, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, IT-University

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2020 ETHOS Lab with Vasiliki Tsaknaki, hosted an experimental online workshop where participants used the craft of macramé to visualize data on gender distribution at ITU. Vasiliki has written a blog post on her reflections of the experiment as we look to scale up the experiment. 

‘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’

Read the blog post

Pitch & Play

Pitch & Play

What is it like being a Junior Researcher? How are the projects fertilized in the lab community?

One of the concepts, Pitch & Play, that we use regularly for the Junior Researchers is pitching their project in various ways and enrolling the players. Recently we held an online version of the workshop format which challenged the Junior Researchers to come up with different participatory approaches that would in fact work online.   

Read more about the recent Pitch & Play in November

Read more about the projects and Junior Researchers 

Python Study Group: Corona Edition

Blog Post
Python Study Group: Corona Edition

Since 2015, ETHOS Lab has run an egalitarian study group to explore the possibilities of using the programming language Python. 

Studying programming as a group requires learning as a collective and giving mutual support in a framed space which was been challenging in a year of covid-19! 

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.

Read the blog post by Veronika Skotting, Lab TA, and Head of Lab Rachel Douglas-Jones.


BYE-BYE, 2020!

We are celebrating ♥ an end-of-a-challenging-year ♣ with an online xmas party!! ♦

The event will take place on Wednesday the 16th December from 11-11:45 on Zoom.

In the spirit of a therapeutic session, we will be going all-in with a 'dress your head like a Christmas tree' competition and a writing exercise where we write a 'good-bye letter' to the challenging year of 2020.     

Read more and join on Zoom


Other News & Info

Participate in the online debate on Min(d)ing the Methods/ Reflexive Turn 2.0  on Monday the 7th December 16:00-18:30 in the Christian Hansen Auditorium at CSS and on Zoom

Write in the Decolonising Creative Writing Conference by Goldsmiths, University of London - Educational Studies

Watch PhD defence by Frederik Lassen on

Who shall live where, when and how?
A board game; a playful interpretation of a new societal operating system. Watch the video here

Find the BAFFLER magazine in the lab - we are subscribers

Read featured article by Professor Brit Ross Winthereik on use of citizen's data (in Danish)

Listen (in Danish) to Kortsluttet on DR P1   

Call for papers

Special issue, call for papers - Digital Mistrust: Rethinking Trust in Digitalizing Societies

Abstract deadline 1st February 2021

The aim of this special issue is to gather a collective––anthropologists, STS scholars, and researchers from cognate disciplines––who are actively working with questions of (mis)trust in digitalizing contexts. We invite contributions that have been developed through research on trust from among topics such as: 

• Coding, software, and algorithms. 

• Digital infrastructures. 

• Social credit systems. 

• Surveillance, cryptography, Distributed ledger technologies.

• Fake news and disinformation.

• Predictive technologies.

• Big Tech regulation. 

• Data governance.

• The digitalization of the public sector and corporate organizations.

• Digital methods and quali-quant mixed methods approaches.

• Anti-digitalization movements.

• Attention and digital distractions. 


LAB opening hours 

Tuesday and Thursday, 12.30-16:00 in 3A30
Limit: 5 people in the lab