Thursday, September 23, 2004

Thesis update

URBAN MOBILE, AT PLAY IN THE WIRELESS CITY

My dissertation-in-progress is more than an attempt to write something academic without a colon in the title, but I thought that would be a good place to start.

And I didn't want my thesis to be entombed on some library shelf. I wanted it to be alive - to be playful and fun. I also wanted it to be accessible and interesting to everyone from my family and friends, to technologists and designers, and of course to the academic community.

So rather gleefully turning my back on the traditional chaptered thesis, and figuring the university wouldn't approve a mobile sculpture or even a movable book, I am currently working on a combination of web short-texts, graphical non-fictions, and academic backgrounders.

The reader will be able to engage - and disengage - my project at any point in the narrative. It is non-linear and uses three forms of communication to convey varying depth and complexity.

In terms of content, my dissertation takes three threads - mobilities, urbanisms and technological designs - and weaves them together with the concept of play.

It combines theoretical work with ethnographic interviews to critically explore emerging relationships between urban experience and wireless technologies.

If all goes well, I should have the first draft complete by the end of the year. Yay!

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