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I won’t ‘like’ your post: let’s move beyond potshots in public discourse on science

A troublesome ‘list’ has been circulating on Facebook lately, variously taking on the shape of a meme, coffee mug or t-shirts. It’s meant as a defense of science in the face of post-truth Trumpianisms and of recent waves of media attention to anti-science activists…

Teaching aliens about us with movies?

This weekend, Robbert Dijkgraaf, ex-president of the KNAW, was featured in the series ‘onze gids’ in the Saturday glossy of the daily newspaper Volkskrant. The format of the series is the selection of ten cultural artifacts by the week’s selected ‘guide’, followed by a…

Museums and the Digital

A new collection, edited by Chiel van den Akker and Susan Legêne, is entitled Museums in a Digital Culture: How Art and Heritage Become Meaningful. It has just appeared at the Amsterdam University Press. The table of contents and introduction are available on the AUP…

Teaching with Volvo

What is the role of technological promises, and how can we understand them through an anthropological lens? Beloftes van duurzame innovatie: interactie tussen innovatie, technologie en cultuur Together with about 20 participants, I addressed these questions in the course of a lecture given as…

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

A great collection of writing on ethnographic methods is being gathered by the capable hands and minds of Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway & Genevieve Bell. In a section entitled ‘Debating Digital Ethnography’, I’ll have the pleasure of putting forth a contribution on…

Authorship at WTMC annual meeting

 Authorship will be one of the issues addressed at the upcoming WTMC Annual Meeting, in Amsterdam, 20-21 November 2014 The session is scheduled at 9.30. on Friday 21 November. Measuring Science with Meaningful Metrics Organizers: Koen Frenken (UU), Paul Wouters (UL) This session aims…

Off to Trondheim!

For the closing conference Medical Images in Art and Science, a event to mark the end of the project Picturing the Brain. My talk will be on ethnography in the lab. While I’m aiming for a set of slides that will be low on…

Coming soon…Networked neuroscience: brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases

Our chapter in Representations in Scientific Practice Revisited discusses the development of authoritative collections of brain scans known as “brain atlases”, focusing in particular on how such scans are constituted as authoritative visual objects. Three dimensions are identified: first, brain scans are parts of…

Navigating the brain

This Saturday, Sarah de Rijcke and I met up with artist and researchers Jordi Puig. We visited an exhibition data.scan [no 1-9] by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda at Gallery MU. A fabulous, immersive exhibition about data, in which multiple visualisations accompanied by sounds are…

Doing and thinking!

A new publication with a long history! Learning in a Landscape: Simulation-building as Reflexive Intervention–the title says it all. After sending in this article to a few possible outlets, it seemed we might never get out of the binary reactions that wouldn’t give room…