Another year, another research application, part two

Welcome to a K3 seminar:

Another year, another research application, part two

At this seminar, Carolina Jonsson Malm from the MaU Grants Office will talk about the support they can give when writing research applications.

But the main topic will be the presentation of pitches for research application ideas. Six K3 researches will give five minute pitches of ideas for research applications, and we will then discuss the ideas.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, October 20 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/62789508649

Roel Roscam Abbing: Learning from and designing with federated social networks

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Roel Roscam Abbing. Please not that the seminar has been moved and will now take place on Monday, October 11 at 15.00-17.00.

The title of the seminar is Learning from and designing with federated social networks.

This is Roel’s 25 percent PhD seminar and the discussant is Robert Gehl,  the F. Jay Taylor Endowed Research Chair of Communication at Louisiana Tech University. It is a joint seminar between K3 and the Data Society Research Programme.

This will be an online seminar. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/67993683034?pwd=azFKV0g0Zm4xdDRKSEJIN0JkaGREZz09

Below you will find an abstract for the seminar. If you would like a copy of Roel’s manuscript, please mail him at roel.roscam-abbing@mau.se

Abstract

The submitted work presents 25% progress towards a PhD in Interaction Design. The project is an inquiry in to novel architectures for on-line collectivity. In particular, it investigates what lessons can be drawn from federated social networks when it comes to creating alternative platform ecosystems. It does so from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining insights from software studies, media theory and design.

In particular, the work is based on in-depth accounts and engagements with the ‘fediverse’, a network of federated, alternative social media platforms and the communities that sustain them. Although small compared to mainstream platforms, the alternative social media that make up the ‘fediverse’ represent a compelling case where contemporary debates about user agency, content moderation and power distribution in corporate social media can be compared and contrasted to.

Through so-called activations, which are practical engagements of building alternative platforms in collaboration with stakeholders, the research explores how federated social platforms can be used as a design material to build community-owned platforms around. In doing so, it tries to understand the affordances of on-line federation for platform design but also explores how this intersects with the needs of users and institutions.

Anuradha Reddy: Creative Leaps with AI through Critical Making

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Anuradha Reddy, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Interaction Design, K3.

The title of the seminar is Creative Leaps with AI through Critical Making.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, September 22 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/68487148015

Anuradha writes:

Based on my postdoc research, in this K3 seminar, I will present the main argument for a journal article I’m attempting titled “Artificial Everyday Creativity: Creative Leaps with AI through Critical Making.” I’m in the process of finalizing the draft, and I would appreciate your feedback! If you’d like to access the complete draft before the seminar, please email me (anuradha.reddy@mau.se).   

Abstract

The capabilities of humans and AI systems to imagine and perform alongside one another has given rise to new practices of ‘artificial creativity’. In this article, I argue that artificial creativity, where creativity is understood in the everyday sense of the term, shows the potential to empower individuals to interface and critically dialogue with computational systems. Reframed as artificial ‘everyday’ creativity, I focus attention on the curious, joyful and queer modes of creativity using hybrid materials for developing alternative pedagogies of code and computation. Through the interdisciplinary approach of ‘critical making’, I engage in hands-on design experimentation, i.e. crafting two unconventionally-coded artefacts that dialogue with AI systems, namely CryptoCrochet-Key and Internet of Towels. These artefacts are analysed through a four-pronged creativity framework to understand and reflect on the material translation processes underlying the artificial everyday creativity experiments. With rising concerns about AI’s role in misinformation, bias and discrimination, the discussion explores the generative value and limitations of artificial everyday creativity towards the broader goals of civic data literacy and user empowerment.

Helena Sandberg, Ulrika Sjöberg and Ebba Sundin: DigiKids. Data Management and Ethics in Research

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Helena Sandberg, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Lund University, Ulrika Sjöberg, Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Malmö University, and Ebba Sundin, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Halmstad University.

The title of the seminar is DigiKids: Data Management and Ethics in Research.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, May 19 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/69941313968?pwd=OCtWQkIvemdVQjBOZkZEM1pSMnhSdz09.

Below is an abstract for the seminar.

During the seminar, we will share our experiences from the ongoing four-year project DigiKids Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council (dnr 2018-01261). The aim of the project is to gain new insights into the ways in which digital media informs and permeates the everyday lives of 0-3-year-old children. The project focuses on approximately 20 children and their families in a time condensed ethnography, inspired by the ‘A Day in the Life’ methodology, involving three visits in each family, and the construction of a thick set of data through interviews, survey, observations and video-recordings of the children in the domestic sphere.

This seminar will focus upon some practical issues related to research conduct and procedure. More specifically we will talk about research ethics and data management. In the seminar the following questions will be addressed: What is formal and informal ethics? What is ethical vetting and what is important in an application for ethical approval? What ethical guidelines are there when working with young children? What is a data management plan, and what should or could be included in such a document? How could data be shared and stored in a safe way in collaborative research? In the presentation we will mainly draw from our experiences and reflections from working with very young children in their homes.

Joshka Wessels: Sustainable Sudan and ArcGIS story maps; graffiti and environmentalism for the future

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Joshka Wessels, Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development, K3

The title of the seminar is Sustainable Sudan and ArcGIS story maps; graffiti and environmentalism for the future.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/62967981818?pwd=OU5xRlJNL0twMCtQSDVtMVJzb3hjdz09.

Below is an abstract for the seminar.

This seminar will discuss work in progress of a Field Grant that Joshka received from the French Institute in Khartoum, Sudan (CEDEJ) and is related to two main thematic research areas 1) the study of social movements and 2) the ongoing political, economic and social configurations. Just when the world was convinced that the Arab uprisings of 2010/2011 were dead, the year 2019 experienced new and renewed, and surprisingly successful, mass protests in the MENA region. The 2019 revolt in Sudan is seemingly the most successful uprising in the Arab world until date from this second wave of protests. The Sudanese revolution of 2019 brought together a nationwide group of Sudanese youth who want change in their country. Based on ongoing research in Sudan, the seminar reflects on the various components of Sudan’s revolution which ousted its dictator Omar Al Bashir after decades of authoritarian rule. In the words of its own revolutionaries this is thanks to a strong commitment to non-violent values, a vibrant artistic public sphere on the streets and its connection to online digital dissidence. To give a broader perspective on the ongoing social movements in Sudan, this study explores the role of young environmental activists in the Sudanese Revolution more in-depth. In particular, the study of the Sudanese environmental movement and its relations with the Sudanese Revolution of 2019 and the ongoing transformations at political and social levels aimed at sustainable development.

Since the establishment of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Khartoum as early as 1977, Sudan has known a growing body of environmentalists who have been active in Sudan. In the revolution of 2019, a younger generation of educated environmentalists, both academics and activists, took the opportunity to make their voices heard. These visions for change can be seen and observed in the large body and collections of graffiti art and mural paintings throughout the public space in the city of Khartoum. Some of these murals give a clear picture of how the revolutionaries see and envision the Sudan they want to build (‘Hanabniho’ = ‘we will build’). The Hanabniho Youth Initiative (مبادرة حنبنيهو الشبابية) is one of those groups who emerged during the Sudanese Revolution with the aim to clean, rehabilitate the common areas and take care of the environment. Through extensive photographic documentation of revolutionary graffiti street art, ArcGIS storymaps and interviewing young revolutionaries and environmentalists in combination with organizing collaborative visioning workshops, this study documents past and future visions of Sudan’s revolutionary youth. Environmentalist communities and Sudanese revolutionary youths will be given the prospect to develop feasible Sustainable Future Youth Plans together that can be practically implemented in the short and long term.

Keywords: Urban Street Art, Graffiti, Communication for Change, MENA region, Arab Revolts, Sudan.

Jakob Svensson: Making the world magic again! Critical data studies through the lens of mathemagics and an empirical journey into tech cultures

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Jakob Svensson, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, K3.

The title of the seminar is Making the world magic again! Critical data studies through the lens of mathemagics and an empirical journey into tech cultures.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Wednesday, May 5 at 10.15-12.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/66061409839?pwd=M3VWUWNTUVNOaTFEL0JCQmdiQXI3Zz09.

Below is an abstract for the seminar.

This presentation will depart from my forthcoming book Wizards of the Web: An outsider’s journey into tech culture, programming and mathemagics (Nordicom, 2021). The rationale for this book was grounded in an argument from critical data studies, that we need to understand the people behind digital technology, data, algorithms and automated systems.

Magic was a central theme in my empirical encounters. Trying to understand the role of and specificities of magic in tech culture i outline what may be labelled as modern mathemagics, doing magic with numbers in the quest of progress and a better future for all.

Mathematical magic was discussed already in the 16th century by theologian Giordano Bruno, who will be introduced in the presentation. Bruno’s warning of evil side of mathemagics can be applied to contemporary data societies and be used for a normative argument against rigidity of computers and for re-humanising automation. I will also apply 1961 children’s book the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and especially the character the Mathemagian, to forward this argument. What both Bruno and Juster also underline, is that it is possible to make the world magic again thus in a sense shows how tech is both modern and magical at the same time.

Therese Hellberg: Folkhemmet under förhandling: Svenskhet och skrivande i kvinnliga författares romaner och kåserier under perioden 1940 till 1955

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Therese Hellberg, PhD candidate in Media and Communication Studies.

The title of the seminar is Folkhemmet under förhandling: Svenskhet och skrivande i kvinnliga författares romaner och kåserier under perioden 1940 till 1955.

It will be Therese’s 75 percent PhD seminar. Anna Williams, Professor of Comparative Literature, Uppsala University, will function as discussant. The seminar will be held in Swedish.

This will be an online seminar, carried out through Zoom, and it will take place on Mónday, May 3 at 13.15-15.00. Please join here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/64269526158.

Please note this seminar is on a Monday, and at 13.15.

Below is an abstract for the seminar. If you would like the manuscript for the seminar, mail Therese at therese.hellberg@mau.se.

Mitt doktorandprojekt syftar till att få ny kunskap om villkor för olika kvinnors författarskap under perioden 1940 till 1955 samt om hur betydande romaner och kåserier producerar föreställningar om folkhemmet som nationell gemenskap. Texterna är betydande genom deras samtida popularitet, samtidigt som de genom könsbundna värderingar och tolkningsföreträden länge marginaliserats i forskning och historieskrivning.

Romaner och kåserier skrivna av kvinnor, så kallad kvinnolitteratur, är en marginaliserad populärlitterär sfär i relation till den höglitterära offentligheten. I den senare har det manliga och borgerliga framställts som allmängiltigt och värdefullt. Negativa värderingar av ”kvinnan” placerar kvinnors texter i en egen kategori där det partikulära och privata betonas. Genom marknadsföring och reception tonas de idéer som utmanar det könskomplementära folkhemsbygget ned, eller som i vissa fall, lyfts sådana idéer fram av kritiker som ett argument för att nedvärdera romanerna. Den återkommande kampen om att få tala och bryta sig loss från den underordnade mediala, litterära och samhälleliga positionen syns i författarnas texter. Den berättar både om begräsningar och utrymmen att uttrycka sig.

Betydelser och värdet av ”kvinnan” kopplas nära samman med idéer om svenskhet och moderskap. Jag lyfter fram hur medborgarskapet görs genom de olika idéer som framträder i texterna om moderskap, sexualitet och (yrkes)arbete. Dessa texter skildrar också äktenskap, abort, våld och våldtäkter. Det rör sig om komplexa diskussioner om synen på och värderingen av kvinnan genom föreställningar om vad som är friskt och livsbejakande respektive patologiskt och vulgärt. I de texter som kritiserar att en kvinnas värde i folkhemmet är avhängigt det svenska moderskapet knyts den nationella och patriarkala ordningen till varandra. I andra skildringar luckras denna koppling upp. Exempelvis genom att nationella argument – om att föda svenska barn med goda anlag till nationen – används mot den patriarkala ordningens idé om att moderskapet också ska ske inom äktenskapet.

I arbetarskildringar kopplas kvinnors villkor också till frågor som rör fattigdom och bristen på utbildning, medan borgerliga skildringar tar utgångspunkt i frågor om social vanära. Synen på vad en kvinna är och kan vara både fixeras och breddas i de olika berättelserna. Överlag synliggörs och kritiseras mäns makt över och tillgång till kvinnor(s kroppar). Samtidigt görs också kvinnor delaktiga i att upprätthålla den patriarkala och nationella ordningen som värderar svenska gifta mödrar över andra kvinnor. Exempelvis pekas delar av medelklassens kvinnor ut för att exkludera ogifta mödrar ur gemenskapen som ett sätt att skydda den egna positionen som (blivande) moder och fru i folkhemmet.

Jag välkomnar alla synpunkter som bidrar till mitt vidare arbete med mitt doktorandprojekt.