April 2021

Blossoming (spring as a time of resistance)

Strong roots of organising can create great and remaining change. The 1st of May 2021, on International Workers Day, will be 50 years ago since Nørrebro locals took action to create Folkets Park. Their actons were as seeds in a space that now has blossomed to become a supportive town square and community house for a heterogeneous community.

In the Lab we are thinking about our own organising and outreach, as we slowly may open the doors of our Lab and invite the spring and some students in. Our Junior Researchers will in this newsletter share some fruits of their labour in the form of blogposts that matured through watering, cross-pollination and careful nurturing in ETHOS Labs fertile activities and context. In the garden of our research community grew this blog post about Playing with “Playing with method” reflecting on what it means to participate as the ETHOS community in an online seminar, and how we can utilise games as an organic part of our research.

Blossoming waves of resistance are rippling across the world, addressing oppressive structures and creating space to nourish and rethink. As we face our moments of crises – conflict, brutality –  poetry, art, and creative research may nourish us and shine light on important aspects and other ways of being organised.

Words may provide hope and poets give people their anthems of resistance and their ballads of sorrow. Pablo Neruda was a Nobel laureate whose life and poetry was upheld as the symbol of resistance to dictatorship. He took on the role of activist-writer during Chile’s revolutionary student movement, and after he went to Madrid in 1934 as the Chilean counsel, he wrote 21 poems in response to the war. He lost his penchant for penning melancholic love poems, instead taking on a more urgent tone and cautioning against rising fascism. In I’m Explaining a Few Things, about the Spanish Civil War, he captured the country’s tense and complicated political story.

You will ask: And where are the lilacs?
And the metaphysics laced with poppies?
And the rain that often beat
his words filling them with holes and birds?
I’ll tell you everything that’s happening with me.
I lived in a neighborhood
of Madrid, with church bells,
with clocks, with trees.
My house was called
the house of flowers, because everywhere
geraniums were exploding: it was
a beautiful house
with dogs and little kids.

Federico, you remember,
from under the earth,
do you remember my house with balconies on which
the light of June drowned flowers in your mouth?
Hermano, hermano!
And one morning everything was burning
and ever since then fire,
gunpowder ever since,
and ever since then blood
Bandits with airplanes and with Moors,
bandits with finger-rings and duchesses,
bandits with black friars making blessings,
... kept coming from the sky to kill children,
and through the streets the blood of the children
ran simply, like children’s blood.

You will ask why his poetry
doesn’t speak to us of dreams, of the leaves,
of the great volcanoes of his native land?
Come and see the blood in the streets,
come and see
the blood in the streets,
come and see the blood
in the streets!

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Stay safe out there!



Co-heads of Lab: Marisa Cohn & Rachel Douglas-Jones

Lab Assistant: Luuk Blum

Lab Manager: Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding


Remote Residencies: Building PhD Communities during the pandemic

Putting into practice our How to Host a FlyingLess Academic We imagined the remote residency of bringing a community to both the remote resident and the hosting Lab, opening for the possibility of present or future collaborative relationships, and providing a framework of support for junior scholars during a very challenging period in global academia. Might there be digital ways to share field experiences, research findings, work in progress? Could shared research interests be found?

The remote residency took place during the month of February 2021. In Copenhagen, days were still short, night coming early. As we hit the afternoon, and began to lose our light, Luisa was getting up in Boston and starting her day. Without access to the ITU’s physical buildings, we could not do some of the slightly whackier things we’d imagined, like streaming her in to the Lab’s physical space, or loading a Zoom call on the Lab’s iPad and attaching it to the one (1) Segway the university owns, so she could explore the building in the company of a Lab member. So we were left with scheduled meetings, partially overlapping timezones, and presentations.


Blog Post - Ecological Thought and Digital Technology

By Luis Landa

What can be learned by following a hands-on approach to sustainable IT? Well for one, that decisions should be based on far more than just theory but also the circumstances, space, people, time and money one has around them. Read more about the very relationship of IT or more precisely consumer technology and our Eco-systems here.


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

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 activism. These concepts are so far-reaching that most people are likely to have an opinion of what they mean or entail. They are vast and complex, and they pose a challenging task for a researcher in trying to conceptualize their intricate nature in a manner that do them just. As the pandemic has hindered me in doing thorough empirical research, this task of conceptualization has proven to be even more challenging. While theory is partly what I strive to generate through research, it has become clear to me that without the initial steps of being in contact with the designated field, discussing theory poses challenges. Read the blog post here.



Blog post: Playing with "Playing with method" - Attending Game design as ethnographic research as the ETHOS Lab

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 Method: Game Design as Ethnographic Method The eventsorganized as a set of evening talks, were hosted by our “cousin-lab” the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology at the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt UniversityWe attended together remotely by setting up chat backchannel on our own institutions platform-of-choice, and shared observations, notes as well as photos and commentary on our dinners, while following the evening streams. 


Sitting with some of the thoughts among ourselves in the aftermath, we have written up our reflectionboth on the event and on what it means to participate as a group during a time of dispersed, distributed, but connected collective enquiry. What follows is both a response to and an appreciation of the seminar series, weaving together commentaries on the content, presentations, and our own notes. We thank the organizers for creating the online space (that also gave us online space) for collective reflections on games and methodology.


Python study group - Lab TA Role

In Autumn 2021, we are looking for a motivated student with plenty of initiative to run our PYTHON study group at the ETHOS Lab, which is open to all ITU staff and students, as well as alumni and project partners.

The core of the TA position is to run and coordinate the course for a minimum of 8 weeks during the Autumn 2021 semester, with the possibility of being prolonged. The study group is a community of people interested in learning the programming language Python. Everyone is welcome and both beginners and more advanced programmers are encouraged to join. The idea is to create a structured learning environment where students mutually help each other on the path to understanding the programming better.

Apply by sending your resumé and a 1-page motivation letter to merg@itu.dk.
Deadline: 03.05.21.


Other news and info

Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics event from May 1 to May 3 find more info here

On the 1st of May 2021 it will be 50 years since locals at Nørrebro took action to make Folkets Park. To celebrate that there's an approved demonstration 1st of may 12:00-22:00 at Folkets Park



Ph.D. Fellowships & Postdocs

2,5-year postdoc position at Aarhus University on project Asserting the Nation: Comparative studies on the rise of #neonationalism in higher education: The case of the UK and Brexit Apply by Monday 17 May!

Two philosophy of science postdocs on "Epistemic Diversity" and "Epistemic Injustice" at the University of Exeter with Sabina Leonelliøs project A philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments

PhD to be affiliated with the Moving Data-Moving People project, info here. PhD scholarship to start on September 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2021.

PhD Fellow 3 year position full-time in the project Value-threads: Science and Technology Studies, at the University of Oslo's TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture. Salary NOK 482 200 - 526 000 per year, - depending on qualifications. Closes: 9th May 2021

IWF Research Fellow; Australia National University's new Institute for Water Futures and School of Cybernetics Closes: 9th May 2021 Salary package: $99,809 - $133,202 per annum plus 17% Superannuation  Term: Full time, Fixed-term (3 years) Closes: 9th May 2021

Call for Papers

Free as a Bird: Academic precariat and the state of Academic Freedom in the Global North

Workshop language is English, it is a virtual-only 1-day event on May 18, 2021. Send an abstract of 500 words by April 18, 2021 to a.vantansever@berlin.bard.edu and a.kolemen@berlin.bard.edu. Honorarium of 200 euro, find more specific info in this tweet.

LAB opening hours 

We will continue to hold virtual and physical opening hours between 10:00 and 14:00 on Tuesday and Thursday. To find us on zoom, for all your Lab related questions; meeting ID 687 7876 9045 and pass code 585338.