Monday, September 14, 2009

PLSJ resurrected

After more than a year since my last post, I've decided to pick up blogging again. (Yay!) But before I really get into it, I have some news to share.

In November I take up a new permanent position as Senior Lecturer in Design Research at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington. Besides being super excited about moving to New Zealand, I'm proud to be joining such impressive colleagues and students doing world-class design.

I'm looking forward to my first year of teaching in the new Culture+Context specialisation programme—which means developing courses in design+culture and design anthropology, as well as co-teaching a design research class. I'm also really looking forward to growing the Design Culture Laboratory and getting started on my new research project, Counting Sheep: Using RFID to Explore NZ Wool Industries.

One of the things that got me most excited about this job is the incredible—and I should add unique—opportunity I'm being given to truly unite my studies in sociology, archaeology and anthropology. I'm looking forward to working with historical and emerging material cultures in terms of situated and embodied practices, and really thinking, doing and making stuff on an everyday basis.

On a related note, I have to thank Timo Arnall for giving me the opportunity to start making these connections while working on the Touch project. Earlier this year I completed re/touch, a website that "brings together hundreds of cross-cultural examples of social norms and values involving touch to help designers and researchers create design briefs, refine interaction scenarios, define game play or otherwise get inspired to think, make and do things touch-related." The Oslo super-team designed an interactive exhibition for re/touch that showed at Nordes 09 a couple of weeks ago, so keep an eye on the project blog for more on that. And more later on my current work, which involves a material culture analysis of the project's RFID objects collection.

In other news, I've also expanded my duties with the Space and Culture journal, where I now serve as Web and Book Review Editor. That means I've really got to up my game at the space and culture blog, and I'll be looking for people interested in reviewing books for us. (Hint, hint, free books!)

And last, but not least, I've actually started writing and publishing stuff again. Teaching six classes last year made it difficult, but I've got an article called “Locating Media Futures in the Present, or How to Map Emergent Associations and Expectations" coming out in Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, as well as a chapter on "The Affective Politics of Urban Computing and Locative Media" in Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing, Ulrik Ekman's awesome edited volume for MIT Press. I've even got a couple more articles under review, which should finally take care of all my dissertation-related research. Of course, I'll post copies of everything here as soon as I can.

So. That's more than enough for now. I've got loads of stuff to do, but I'll be back soon!


Blogger Jeremy Yuille said...

Congrats on the move to Wellington.. it's a great city!
Your work sounds fascinating and quite complimentary to some projects we have going at RMIT. If you're ever in Melbourne please look us up!

OpenID speedbird said...

Fantastic news. Nurri and I will see you in February.

Also: free books?

Anonymous Anne said...

Thanks Jeremy - and I'd love to visit RMIT! Lots of good stuff going on there :)

Looking forward to it, Adam. And yes, if there's a particular book on space/culture you'd like to review I'd be happy to get a copy sent to you. Just let me know.

Anonymous Kevin Hamilton said...

EXCELLENT ! So happy for you Anne!

Anonymous nicolas said...

Good news! I am always curious to read your insights

Anonymous Jill said...

Congratulations, Anne - sounds fantastic! And how exciting :) I'm glad you're enjoying blogging again, will be good to read your journeys both physical and intellectual.

Blogger Lynn V. Marentette said...

I am so happy that PLSJ is here again. You have had such interesting journey with your work with Touch and re/Touch.

Blogger Chris said...

Welcome back! I wondered where you'd been. :)

Blogger Ben said...

Allow me to echo everyone else and congratulate you on the move!

And, like everyone else, I'm also very excited that you're blogging again.

OpenID 6p00d8341bf70f53ef said...

Anne: I am delighted to discover that you are both blogging [here] again _and_ you will soon be starting what sounds like a tremendously exciting opportunity for you! Thank you for the former - PLSJ (well, you via PLSJ) were one of the most significant inspirations for me to take the blogging plunge myself years ago - and a hearty congratulations on the latter!

Blogger sharon said...

Hi Anne, I also am glad your back blogging because I am wondering if you have any pointers for me. I am in my final year of my degree and am doing my dissertation on ' computer mediated communication and its impact on adolescent development'. Just wondering if you have came across any interesting pieces of relevant sociological work that may be of interest to me??
Sharon M.


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