In partnership with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, the MLab is delighted to announce that Daniela K. Rosner (Human-Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington) will be delivering a public lecture on campus next week. Titled, “Imaginative Interventions: Design as Inquiry,” the lecture is scheduled for 2:30pm Friday, March 18th, in Engineering / Computer Science (ECS) 108. We are excited to have Dr. Rosner at UVic. Her work has deeply influenced the MLab’s research and methods.

We hope to see you at her lecture. Details below.

Rosner: Design as Inquiry

“Imaginative Interventions: Design as Inquiry”
Daniela K. Rosner | Human-Centered Design and Engineering | Tactile and Tactical Design Lab | University of Washington
Friday, March 18th | 2:30pm | Engineering / Computer Science (ECS) 108 | Poster

As the fields of media and technology studies gradually integrate experimental and collaborative approaches, they face new challenges around emerging modes of knowledge production and transmission. To understand these developments, I present a series of case studies examining interventionist projects through three lenses: interjections that foreground dominant sociotechnical logics, responses that specify technological counter-narratives, and extensions that amplify specific concerns underlying technology projects. Each of these heuristics draws on design-lead forms of inquiry such as critical design and making (DiSalvo 2012; Galey and Ruecker 2010, Ratto 2011) to generate fresh understandings of design products and practices. In reflecting on these cases I show how social inquiry may help analysts understand design—enabling them to theorize and imagine design differently. Conversely, I show how an engagement with design may help scholars clarify social investigation.

Daniela K. Rosner is an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, co-directing the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT lab). Through fieldwork and design, her research examines emerging sites of digital production—from hobbyist fixer groups to feminist hacker collectives—and their surprising connections to broad-scale engineering developments. She has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS), holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Information, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2009, she has contributed to Interactions Magazine, a bimonthly publication of ACM SIGCHI, as a regular columnist and forum editor.

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