Adele Reed, 3 August 2021

What does the future of Coventry sound like? Artist Adele Reed reports on the first meet-up of the project, “Small Folk Found Sounds”, part of the Warwick Institute of Engagement-funded Sampling Sounds of Coventry’s Future.

On the morning of Sunday 13th June, five mothers and children met at Spencer Park in Coventry to begin a collaborative work between each-other and their small folk. In attendance were project leader Adele Mary Reed, Warwick University academic Noortje Marres, who is part of the team of researchers posing the question “What does the future of Coventry sound like?”…

Pause for Thought: Media Literacy in an Age of Incessant Change

As the new academic year is about to start, it is difficult to ignore the anxious uncertainty looming over universities, staff and students. Even the lovely mid-September weather felt uneasy, like a warning. What will this year bring? What we know already is that 2020–21 is an academic year we will not forget and probably not for the best reasons. As CIM prepares to welcome new students and resume term activities we share many of these troubles and concerns with colleagues and communities all over the UK and beyond.

But in spite and because of these troubled times and worrying…

Shona Lee (DiaDev Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh)

How can Twitter data be used to “tease out” relational figurations of testing beyond the laboratory?

Over 22–23 June, in collaboration with King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities and the Public Data Lab, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies convened a two-day online workshop, ‘Corona Testing on Twitter: Surfacing testing situations beyond the laboratory’, to collaboratively analyse Twitter data and facilitate a dialogue about the social life of Covid-19.

As a research fellow with the DiaDev project (investigating diagnostic devices in global health) at the University of Edinburgh, I signed up for the workshop just as we embarked on launching our rapid research project Testing and Trust, a…

First published on the People Like You blog

Sophie Day and Celia Lury (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies)

We are all now familiar with what 2 metres looks like, as we go for solitary walks in parks or stand in queues to shop for family and friends. We draw lines, we stand aside or behind or in front of others; we walk around and in parallel to each other.

Improvising, trying out ways to be ‘close up, at a distance’ (Kurgan 2013), we leave food outside doors and put our hands to windows separating us from friends and relatives who cannot…

A day of looking at interdisciplinarity through an interdisciplinary lens

Maria Petrescu (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies)

On February 6th, the Indicating Interdisciplinarity in AI workshop brought together partners of our collaborative project Inventing Indicators of Interdisciplinarity, developed by Noortje Marres in collaboration with colleagues at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), University of Leiden. …

Next steps in data-intensive research at the intersections of technology, law and society

CIM Blog, Sept 2019

Noortje Marres (University of Warwick), Matt Spencer (University of Warwick) and Gloria González Furster (VUB)

“Are you the gentlemen coming for the algorithms?” asked a nursery manager of CIM PhD student Loup Cellard and his informant during fieldwork on the French government’s algorithmic accountability initiative.

Changing infrastructures of knowledge transform relations between citizens, governments and researchers. In Loup’s case, designers and an ethnographer were brought into the world of public administration and policy, tasked with making algorithms ‘transparent’ for citizens.

New data infrastructures…

A blog post on the PGR conference last June by our very own Wenhao Bi.

After roughly half a year of preparation, from setting the theme and calling for proposals to organizing panels and arranging logistics, our one-day postgraduate conference finally took place on 27th June, 2019 with two keynote talks and eleven presentations from masters and PhD students from CIM, LSE, University of Salford, University of Pittsburgh and Delhi School of Economics. On the day, the panels were structured around four main topics — participation, political economies, politics and aesthetics — and covered a range of specific issues…

Telephone boxes for private video calls at Campus North, former co-working office in Newcastle, credit: Lizzie Richardson

“This blog post was written CIM Visiting Scholar Lizzie Richardson from Durham University”

An interdisciplinary research centre necessarily challenges disciplined norms, presumably if only sometimes to further entrench them. This effect was no different for me when I visited CIM during January and February 2019 as a social scientist, disciplined in British “human geography”, and working on relationships between technology, economy and society. Perhaps more so than other disciplines, the question of what a geographical perspective to social life might offer, generally throws up the further issue concerning the nature of that approach. What exactly is geography, and how is…

This week’s blog post is by Professor Celia Lury

I am currently working on a project called ‘People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation’, funded by the Wellcome Trust. This project aims to contribute to critical medical humanities by investigating an emergent culture of personalisation in the UK. We hope to stimulate debate on personalised medicine by showing how it can be understood more fully in relation to other personalising practices. Our aim is to put the ‘person’ back into personalisation, and relate such persons to the data collected from them and on their behalf. …

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) was established at the University of Warwick in 2012 to foster innovative and experimental forms of knowledge production.

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