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Dissertation proposal next week!

My dissertation proposal is now officially scheduled for next Monday! Details from the announcement are below. The full proposal is also available here. Title: Digital Materiality in Architectures of Interaction Heather Wiltse Advisor:  Professor Erik Stolterman Committee: Professor Erik Stolterman, Professor Mary Gray, Professor Jeff Bardzell, Professor Selma Sabanovic Date: Monday, October 8 Time: 4:15pm Location: Continue reading Dissertation proposal next week!

The difficulty of interdisciplinary narratives

This post is also cross posted on the Social Informatics Blog. Interdisciplinarity is a concept that is frequently lauded but notoriously challenging to realize. Practical realities like publication and tenure requirements and conceptions of what counts as valid research in established fields tend to push even the best-intentioned academics toward more well-trodden and recognizable paths, Continue reading The difficulty of interdisciplinary narratives

Imagining digital futures, or, What is it about refrigerators ordering groceries?

This post was also cross posted on the Social Informatics Blog. In the New York Times today there is an article about Google X, the top-secret lab for big ideas at Google. According to the article, the future being imagined here is “a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when Continue reading Imagining digital futures, or, What is it about refrigerators ordering groceries?

NPR, SXSW, and the nature of (digital) experience

A few days ago I read Pieter Tijmes’ excellent chapter on Albert Borgmann’s philosophy of technology in the book American Philosophy of Technology: The Empirical Turn, before getting sucked into NPR Music’s equally (although differently) excellent live stream of concerts in their showcase at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference. That juxtoposition got me thinking Continue reading NPR, SXSW, and the nature of (digital) experience