Kommende Veranstaltungen

Do. 06. Oktober 2022 - Fr. 07. Oktober 2022
Hilfskraft im Forschungsverbund: Serviceorientierte Kommunikation und Veranstaltungsmanagement
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Hilfskraft im Forschungsverbund: Serviceorientierte Kommunikation und Veranstaltungsmanagement
Donnerstag, 06. - 07. Oktober 2022

Donnerstag, 06.10.2022, 9.30-16.00 Uhr
Freitag, 07.10.2022, 9.30-13.00 Uhr

Der Workshop richtet sich an alle Hilfskräfte (SHK, WHB und WHK) innerhalb des SFB und zielt darauf, grundlegende Kompetenzen im Veranstaltungsmanagement zu vermitteln und die Regeln serviceorientierter Kommunikation zu thematisieren. Besonders im Fokus stehen dabei die Herausforderungen interdisziplinären Arbeitens im Forschungsverbund eines SFB. Behandelt werden entsprechend folgende Themen:

  • Anforderungen wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungsformate (Ringvorlesung, Gastvortrag, Workshop, Fachtagung)
  • Unterstützung bei der Konzeption, Planung & Umsetzung wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungen
  • Zeit- und Projektmanagement
  • Dos und Don’t in der Kommunikation

Organisiert vom House of Young Talents exklusiv für Hilfskräfte (SHK, WHB und WHK) des SFB 1187

Der Workshop findet in Siegen und auf Deutsch statt.

Wir bitten um vorherige Anmeldung bis zum 22. September 2022 hier.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 228
Mo. 10. Oktober 2022 - Di. 11. Oktober 2022
Klausurtagung (Retreat)
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Klausurtagung (Retreat)
Montag, 10. - 11. Oktober 2022

Die Klausurtagung findet statt am 10. und 11. Oktober 2022 am Campus Unteres Schloss in Siegen.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Unteres Schloss
US-S 001 / 002
Obergraben 25
57072 Siegen
Lageplan
Do. 03. November 2022
Workshop “Good Scientific Practice” - organized by the House of Young Talents
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Workshop “Good Scientific Practice” – organized by the House of Young Talents
03. November 2022

More detailed information will follow.

Organized by the House of Young Talents

The Workshop will take place in Siegen and is held in English.

7 places are reserved for CRC members till 2 weeks before the workshop

Intended group: all docs and postdocs

We kindly ask for registration by 20 October 2022 here.

Veranstaltungsort

Campus AR
tba
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
Mo. 07. November 2022, 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Workshop: „Financial Empowerment: Finanzielle Unabhängigkeit strategisch planen“ (Dr. Birgit Happel)
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Workshop: „Financial Empowerment: Finanzielle Unabhängigkeit strategisch planen“ (Dr. Birgit Happel)
07. November 2022, 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Zielgruppe: Wissenschaftler*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen der SFBs 1187 & 1472

Die Pandemie hat die gesundheitliche und ökonomische Situation von Frauen verschärft. Im Januar 2022 hatte jede fünfte Mutter ihre Erwerbsarbeit reduziert. Obwohl Frauen seit vielen Jahren zu den Bildungsgewinnerinnen zählen, sind sie in Führungspositionen nach wie vor unterrepräsentiert, fallen im Zuge von Familiengründungen während der Postdoc-Phase aus der Wissenschaft und sind überdurchschnittlich oft in Teilzeit beschäftigt. Sie übernehmen einen großen Teil der unbezahlten Haus-, Erziehungs- und Pflegearbeit und suchen nach einer unterbrochenen Erwerbsbiografie nicht selten einen adäquaten beruflichen Anschluss.

Der Weg zur finanziellen Gleichstellung von Frauen führt zum einen über die Kenntnis der strukturellen Rahmenbedingungen und Wechselwirkungen der Gender Gaps. Andererseits über die individuelle Ebene zu den Themen Finanzplanung, Vermögensaufbau und Money Mindset. Gerade die strategische Planung der wissenschaftlichen Karriere erfordert besondere Aufmerksamkeit beim eigenen Finanzmanagement.

Im Workshop zeigt die Soziologin und Finanzbildungsexpertin Dr. Birgit Happel typische Fallstricke in Bezug auf weibliche Finanzen und aktuelle Ansätze zur finanziellen Unabhängigkeit von Frauen. In Einzel- und Kleingruppenarbeit lernen Sie Ihre Geldbiografie kennen und stärken Ihr finanzielles Selbstvertrauen. Alle Ansätze zielen darauf ab, die Erwerbs- und Finanzbiografie in Einklang zu bringen und sich langfristig einen Vermögensgrundstock aufzubauen.

Inhalte

  • Gesellschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen und Wechselwirkungen der Gender Gaps
  • Stellschrauben für eigenständige Existenzsicherung und gerechte Rollenverteilung
  • Basiswissen Absicherung, Budgetplanung, Vermögensaufbau und Altersvorsorge
  • Die eigene Geldbiografie kennen, nachhaltig leben und ethisch-ökologisch investieren
  • Souveräne Finanzentscheidungen treffen, Geld- und Beratungsfallen vermeiden

Der Workshop findet auf Deutsch statt.

Referentin: Dr. Birgit Happel (geldbiografien.de)

Eine Kooperation der SFBs 1187 & 1472

Anmeldung hier

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mi. 09. November 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – tba
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Ringvorlesung: „Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy“ – tba
09. November 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Di. 15. November 2022, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "Sensing in Social Interaction" - Vortrag von Lorenza Mondada
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – „Sensing in Social Interaction“ – Lorenza Mondada
15. November 2022, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mi. 16. November 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Workshop mit Lorenza Mondada
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – „Sensing in Social Interaction“ – Lorenza Mondada
16. November 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Di. 22. November 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Workshop “Insider’s Guide to the German Academic System“ - organized by the House of Young Talents
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Workshop “Insider’s Guide to the German Academic System“ – organized by the House of Young Talents
22. November 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

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With Dr. Nina Fenn

Organized by the House of Young Talents with 7 places reserved for CRC members till 2 weeks before the workshop

Intended group: all docs & postdocs of the SFB 1187

The Workshop will take place online and is held in English.

Please sign up here

Veranstaltungsort

Online event
Mi. 23. November 2022, 14:14 - 15:45 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – Matthew Fuller
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Ringvorlesung: „Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy“ – Matthew Fuller
23. November 2022, 14:14 - 15:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Do. 24. November 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Lecture Series: "Research at Risk" - Svitlana Matviyenko
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Lecture Series: „Research at Risk“ – Svitlana Matviyenko
24. November 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

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Guests are welcome to register via Mail ‘Send an E-mail

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Veranstaltung
Fr. 25. November 2022, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr
Publication Strategies in the Humanities and Social Science (Docs)
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Publication Strategies in the Humanities and Social Science (Docs)
25. November 2022, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr

Im Workshop werden Publikationsstrategien unterschiedlicher Disziplinen im In- und Ausland adressiert und die gegenseitige Begutachtung von Texten, die veröffentlicht werden sollen, thematisiert. Besonders im Fokus stehen die verschiedenen Publikationsmöglichkeiten der Promotion:

Darüber hinaus befasst sich der Workshop mit

alternativen Publikationsformaten wie Blogs und adressiert Herausforderungen interdisziplinärer Veröffentlichungen sowie Publikationen mit mehreren Autor*innen, wie sie im Rahmen der Verbundforschung oft üblich sind. Entsprechend werden folgende Themen behandelt:

  • im Team (z. B. mit PI und ggf. weiteren Kollegïnnen im Teilprojekt) oder in Alleinautorschaft publizieren
  • eine Strategie(umsetzung) einzeln oder im Team (z. B. Teilprojekt) planen
  • Publikationsstrategie und Karriereplanung: Forschungsgebiet(e) besetzen
  • Deutsch und/oder Englisch?
  • Monographie(n) und Beiträge in/Herausgeberschaft von Sammelbänden
  • Zeitschriften (inkl. Themenhefte/Gastherausgeberschaften) und Peer Review als Qualitätssicherungs- und Sichtbarkeitsinstrument
  • Rezeption und Sichtbarkeitsmetriken (Zitierhäufigkeit, Impact-Faktoren, Rankings, Indizierung, sonstige Reputationskriterien)
  • Open Access (an der Universität Siegen) und Predatory Journals
  • Working Papers als Vorveröffentlichungsform
  • Reverse Engineering zur Chancenverbesserung für prestigeträchtige Journals zwecks maximaler Sichtbarkeit

Bei Interesse können im Nachgang des Einzelberatungen zu eigenen Publikationsplanungen ausgemacht werden.

Organized by the House of Young Talents exclusively for MGK members

The Workshop will take place online and is held in English.

Wir bitten um vorherige Anmeldung bis zum 11. November 2022 here.

Mo. 28. November 2022 - Di. 29. November 2022
Workshop “Sensing the sensor: exploring and mapping the situational dimensions of sensory media and data”
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Workshop “Sensing the sensor: exploring and mapping the situational dimensions of sensory media and data”
Montag, 28. - 29. November 2022

In this 1 ½ day hybrid workshop, we suggest approaching mobile sensing technologies and practices through thinking of them as multiply situated (cf. Dieter et al., 2019): Sensor data is subject to and originates in specific sensing situations, whilst being entangled in and having the capacity to sense and capture information about such situations. We start from the observation that sensor data can only be understood in situated ways that take its distributed accomplishment involving computational capacities, hardware, geolocations, practices, and users into account.

The workshop revolves around an empirical exploration of sensor data enabled and collected through mobile activity tracking apps such as Strava and Google Fit, employing novel “sensory digital methods”, the tools AppInspect and AppTraffic (Chao et al., expected 2022). In doing so, the workshop explicitly engages with the ways in which such methods interface the study of the social and more technical work on the media at stake, and thus, how “sensory digital methods” tools also interface the interdisciplinary cooperation between diverse researchers with more and less computational skills. Finally, this workshop is interested in carving out analytical mapping approaches (cf. Clarke, 2005 in Marres, 2020) for the quite heterogeneous situational dimensions addressed in this investigation.

It is possible also to attend parts of the workshop, participating in the workshop and/or discussions. Participation on location (Herrengarten 3, Siegen) and online (Zoom) is possible. Please contact Daniela van Geenen to register.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Siegen
Do. 01. Dezember 2022
International PhD Reception - organized by the House of Young Talents
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International PhD Reception – organized by the House of Young Talents
01. Dezember 2022

More detailed information will follow.

Organized by the House of Young Talents

The Reception will take place in Siegen and is held in English.

Mi. 07. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – Chris Salter
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Ringvorlesung: „Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy“ – Chris Salter
07. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

"Sensing Machines"

In the early morning hours of October 22, 1850, Gustav Fechner, a renowned German medical doctor turned professor of physics who had suffered from a mysterious illness, came to a radical realization that there must be a relationship between spiritual and physical energy, a measurable correspondence between the world external to our sense perception and the internal world of our brain processes. This revelation forms the basis of this talk-how a forgotten 19 th century scientist’s startling revelation would forever change our understanding of the human senses and how they would come to interact with machines that fundamentally alter our relationship between ourselves and our environment.

Chris Salter is Professor for Immersive Arts and Director of the Immersive Arts Space at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He is also Professor Emeritus, Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and former Co-Director of the Hexagram network for research-creation in arts, cultures and technology and Co-Founder of the Milieux Institute at Concordia. He studied philosophy, economics, theatre and computer music at Emory and Stanford Universities. His artistic work has been seen all over the world at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, ZKM, Kunstfest Weimar, Musée d’art Contemporain, EXIT Festival and Place des Arts-Montreal, among many others. He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance ( 2010), Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (2015) and Sensing Machines (2022), all from MIT Press.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Do. 08. Dezember 2022 - Fr. 09. Dezember 2022
Female Leadership in Science - organized by the Women Career Service
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Female Leadership in Science – organized by the Women Career Service
Donnerstag, 08. - 09. Dezember 2022

Thursday, 08.12.2022, 9-16 o'clock
Friday, 09.12.2022, 9-14 o'clock

Coach: Dr.in Mareike Menne

This workshop enables an intensive examination of all topics that are relevant for a strategic positioning as a female leader in the university context. You will first develop principles of academic and female leadership from your work experience, which will then serve as a basis for practice transfers, for which you are invited to bring your own cases and questions. Following levels of leadership will be addressed: people leadership (e.g. goal and success definitions, team building, conflicts, motivation, individual biases), organizational leadership (e.g. design of interfaces between administration and work area, internal/external interlacing, formal basics of leadership action, structural biases), and self-leadership (e.g. personal leadership style, ethics and values, resilience, role clarity and personal growth). Within the workshop, you will get the chance to alternate between impulses and exchange, between plenary and group work. 

This workshop addresses female researchers in postdoc positions, junior professorships and leaders of junior research groups.

The workshop will take place in Siegen and is held in English.

Please sign up here.

Veranstaltungsort

Campus AR, Gebäude UB
AR-UB 114
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
Di. 20. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 17:30 Uhr
Research Tech Lab: "Vision API Session" with Jason Chao & Elena Pilipets
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Research Tech Lab: „Vision API Session“ with Jason Chao & Elena Pilipets
20. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 17:30 Uhr

Research Tech Lab "Vision API Session" on Memespector-GUI, Google Vision API and Clarifai

Memespector-GUI is a tool to enrich image datasets using computer vision APIs. This session will guide the participants to obtain access tokens from proprietary APIs, use Memespector-GUI to invoke the APIs and interpret the outputs of the APIs.

Participants may use Memespector-GUI on a computer running Windows, Mac OS or Linux (with Ubuntu 16.04/18.04/20.04 with desktop environment installed). A test dataset will be made available during the session. The participants may also use their own image dataset.

14.15-15.45 Session I Memespector Tech Background/Installation/Affordances (Jason Chao)

15.45-16.00 Short Break

16.00-17.30 Session II Memespector Research Questions/Case Studies/Practice (Elena Pilipets)

The session will be delivered online.

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Veranstaltung
Mi. 21. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – tba
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Ringvorlesung: „Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy“ – tba
21. Dezember 2022, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mo. 16. Januar 2023 - Mo. 23. Januar 2023
Introduction to Diversity in Research: Reflecting Power Relations and your own Position in the Research Field
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Introduction to Diversity in Research: Reflecting Power Relations and your own Position in the Research Field
Montag, 16. - 23. Januar 2023, 9:30 - 13:00 Uhr

Lead by Constantina Rokos, M.A., Social Anthropologist

Research and associated research fields involve numerous diversity-facets that pose challenges. Thus, science and knowledge creation are based on the assumption that researchers move appropriately and reflectively within the research fields. Researchers must be consequently trained to reflect on their position and power relations in their field to conduct research appropriately.

This workshop serves as a first approach to self-reflective and diversity-sensitive discussions to recognize one's practice and the diversity of one's field and to develop appropriate research behaviors.

Constantina Rokos, M.A. is a research fellow and decentralized equal opportunity officer at the Münster School of Business (FH Münster). She specializes in intercultural competences and DEI from an educational and research perspective. A self-reflexive and ethnological approach characterizes her work.

The Workshop is held in English and will take place online on two days

Monday, 16 Jan 9.30 – 13.00
Monday, 23 Jan 9.30 – 13.00

Intended group: all members (m, f, d) of the SFB 1187 

We kindly ask for registration by 02 January 2023 here.

Mi. 18. Januar 2023, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – Orit Halpern
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Ringvorlesung: „Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy“ – Orit Halpern
18. Januar 2023, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Di. 24. Januar 2023, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "Kritische Ethnomethodologie" - Vortrag von Thomas Scheffer
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – „Kritische Ethnomethodologie“ – Thomas Scheffer
24. Januar 2023, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mi. 25. Januar 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Workshop mit Thomas Scheffer
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – „Kritische Ethnomethodologie“ – Thomas Scheffer
25. Januar 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Di. 31. Januar 2023, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Vortrag von Ludovic Coupaye
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Ludovic Coupaye
31. Januar 2023, 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mi. 01. Februar 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Workshop mit Ludovic Coupaye
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Ludovic Coupaye
01. Februar 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr

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Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Fr. 03. Februar 2023, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr
Writing Workshop for Docs: Writing Flow Techniques
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Writing Workshop for Docs: Writing Flow Techniques
03. Februar 2023, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr

Die in Kooperation mit dem HYT organisierte Schreibwerkstatt (Writing Workshop) fokussiert die Praxis wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hier werden Schreibstrategien, der Umgang mit Schreibblockaden, die Argumentationsstruktur und Rhetorik verschiedener wissenschaftlicher Formate (Zeitschriftenartikel, Sammelbandbeiträge, Rezensionen, Monographien) vermittelt und diskutiert. Auch die Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis, wie beispielsweise Wissenschaftsplagiate zu erkennen und zu vermeiden, werden behandelt. Die Schreibwerkstatt zielt zudem darauf, grundlegende Kompetenzen im Zeit- und Projektmanagement zu vermitteln, um den eigenen Schreibprozess besser organisieren zu können.

Organized by the House of Young Talents exclusively for MGK members

The Workshop will take place online and is held in English.

Intended group: all docs & postdocs of the SFB 1187

We kindly ask for registration by 20 January 2023 here.

Mo. 06. Februar 2023, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr
Publication Strategies in the Humanities and Social Science (Postdocs)
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Publication Strategies in the Humanities and Social Science (Postdocs)
06. Februar 2023, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr

The workshop will address German and international publication strategies of different disciplines within the Humanities and Social Science discuss the review of ‘in progress’ texts by peers. We will focus specifically on the various publication options for the second qualification thesis (e.g. habilitation). In addition, the workshop will deal with alternative publication formats such as blogs and the challenges of interdisciplinary publications which are common in the context of collaborative research centers. Accordingly, the workshop addresses the following topics:

  • Publishing in a team (e.g. with PI and possibly other colleagues of the subproject) or in single authorship
  • planning a strategy (implementation) individually or in a team (e.g. subproject)
  • Publication strategy and career planning: how to occupy research area(s)
  • German and/or English?
  • Monograph(s) and contributions to/editing of edited volumes
  • Journals (incl. thematic issues/guest editorships) and peer review as quality measures and visibility instruments
  • Visibility metrics (citation frequency, impact factors, rankings, indexing, other reputation criteria)
  • Open Access (at the University of Siegen) and Predatory Journals
  • Working papers as a form of pre-publication
  • Reverse engineering to improve opportunities for prestigious journals for maximum visibility

Following the workshop, individual consultations on publication strategies can be arranged.

Organized by the House of Young Talents exclusively for SFB 1187 members

The Workshop will take place online and is held in English.

Intended group: all postdocs of the SFB 1187 

We kindly ask for registration by 23 January 2023 here.

Archiv Veranstaltungen

Do. 06. Oktober 2022 - Fr. 07. Oktober 2022
Hilfskraft im Forschungsverbund: Serviceorientierte Kommunikation und Veranstaltungsmanagement
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Donnerstag, 06. - 07. Oktober 2022

Donnerstag, 06.10.2022, 9.30-16.00 Uhr
Freitag, 07.10.2022, 9.30-13.00 Uhr

Der Workshop richtet sich an alle Hilfskräfte (SHK, WHB und WHK) innerhalb des SFB und zielt darauf, grundlegende Kompetenzen im Veranstaltungsmanagement zu vermitteln und die Regeln serviceorientierter Kommunikation zu thematisieren. Besonders im Fokus stehen dabei die Herausforderungen interdisziplinären Arbeitens im Forschungsverbund eines SFB. Behandelt werden entsprechend folgende Themen:

  • Anforderungen wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungsformate (Ringvorlesung, Gastvortrag, Workshop, Fachtagung)
  • Unterstützung bei der Konzeption, Planung & Umsetzung wissenschaftlicher Veranstaltungen
  • Zeit- und Projektmanagement
  • Dos und Don’t in der Kommunikation

Organisiert vom House of Young Talents exklusiv für Hilfskräfte (SHK, WHB und WHK) des SFB 1187

Der Workshop findet in Siegen und auf Deutsch statt.

Wir bitten um vorherige Anmeldung bis zum 22. September 2022 hier.

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 228
Mo. 19. September 2022 - Mi. 21. September 2022
Annual Conference 2022 "Testing in the Wild"
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Montag, 19. - 21. September 2022

Program details here

Testing in the Wild
University of Siegen | 19-21 September 2022

The objects, means, and situations of testing have multiplied rapidly in the digital age. Practices of testing have become ubiquitous. They have moved beyond the spatial and institutional confines of scientific laboratories (testing hypotheses), classrooms and exam halls (testing students), consumer organizations (testing products), and inspection agencies (testing systems and protocols) into the wild of everyday digital lifeworlds.

Human beings and technological systems are today both subjects and objects of continuous testing. Paradigms such as A/B testing, machine learning, and test-driven development infuse a logic of testing into the creation, construction and maintenance of digital systems. Digital devices are equipped with ever more sensors that facilitate the monitoring of our health, behavior, and performance, directing our sensibilities towards new modes of data-based sense-making, evaluation, and justification. Platforms incentivise consumers to become critics by testing and reviewing products in public. In parallel, grassroots testing through ‘unboxings’ and ‘teardowns’ have become genres of user-generated content in themselves. Away from online platforms, users grapple with products delivered with rudimentary manuals or generic support, and whose functionality is expected to be extendable, adaptable, and fixable in the wild. Variations of updates are rolled out to select publics in order to test their respective acceptance within, or across, targeted demographics. Testing and evaluating digital products and services ‘on the fly’ has not only become concurrent with ordinary use, but part of it. 

Practices of testing commonly rely on data: its collection, processing, circulation, (re)presentation, justification, and analysis. In fact, datafication and testing co-evolve. The proliferation of testing in the wild and associated controversies can be observed at various levels. On the one hand the intentional organization, analysis and discussion of tests and their results based on data remains relevant and has been controversially discussed in recent years, either with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic (Schnelltests, 7-day incidence rates, intensive bed capacity etc.), climate change (ice core tests, gtCO2, RCPs etc.), or financial crises (banking ‘stress tests’, REAs, leverage ratios etc.). On the other hand the everyday, continuous, and casual capture of data through digital media has led both to practices of self-tracking as well as critiques of a growing and pervasive monitoring and exploitation of users through corporate data practices. 

Countering this, initiatives and policy makers test alternative measures, platforms, and standards to develop digital services that offer enhanced and/or protected user experiences, from routing data through secure pathways, ensuring data ‘portability’, or by restricting data collection altogether. In other respects, the likes of cryptocurrencies and other cryptographic innovations face increasing scrutiny as reckless social, financial and ecological experiments. As the earth system is itself being put to the test by the sum and history of human practices and their consequences, new methods for testing, evaluating, and critiquing the impact of data practices and digital infrastructures are urgently required.

Against the background of the new ubiquity of testing the 2022 annual conference of SFB1187 Media of Cooperation invites contributions that engage with practices of testing inof and with digital devices and digital environments in the wild.

 

With keynotes by

Markus Krajewski (University of Basel): Perpetual Beta: Genealogies of Permanent Testing

Noortje Marres (Warwick University): Towards the test society: On the un-doing of experimental accountability.

 

Registration

The conference will run as hybrid event from September 19-21 2022 in Siegen. Online participants are welcome (please email info@sfb1187.uni-siegen.de).

 

additional venues

MGKWalls @ Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloß 1
57072 Siegen

Conference Dinner @ Brasserie
Unteres Schloß 1
57072 Siegen

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
Altes Sparkasse Siegen-Weidenau
Weidenauer Str. 167
57076 Siegen
Fr. 09. September 2022, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr
Qualitative Data Analysis with MAXQDA
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09. September 2022, 09:30 - 16:30 Uhr

In this interactive workshop we will complete several tasks to learn the basic procedures of using MAXQDA, a software that is commonly used for analyzing qualitative data such as interviews, protocols, reports or fieldnotes. The software’s core function is to structure text or other data by applying codes/labels. This allows for a structured and transparent analysis, with easy access to the quantification of results. In this workshop we will simulate a one-document research project to become familiar with the basic steps along the research chain.

Participants are kindly asked to install the software MAXQDA before the workshop (but do not need to). More information on how to install it, here. Participants are very welcome to bring their own or other interesting materials, including longer texts or video sequences to work with.

With Dr. Daniel Müller (House of Young Talents)

Organized by the House of Young Talents exclusively for SFB 1187 members

The Workshop will take place online and is held in English.

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Do. 08. September 2022 - Fr. 09. September 2022
Konferenz "Health Data and its prac­ti­ces: Explo­ra­ti­ons in popu­lar, profes­si­o­nal, and parti­ci­pa­tory contexts"
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Donnerstag, 08. - 09. September 2022

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Conference Location:

Seminarzentrum Unteres Schloss

US-S 001/002

Obergraben 25

57072 Siegen

 

Dinner Wednesday: Dinner Thursday:
Brasserie Zur Hammerhütte

Unteres Schloß 1

57072 Siegen

Kirchweg 7

57072 Siegen

 

 

Register by 6th September: healthdata2022@uni-siegen.de

 

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Thursday, 8th September

10:30 Welcome and Introduction

11:00 Keynote: Deborah Lupton (Sydney) via Zoom

Creative Methods for Understanding the More-than-Human Dimensions of Information about Human Bodies and Health

Deborah Lupton, Vitalities Lab and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, UNSW Sydney, Australia

In this presentation, I discuss how more-than-human theory can be brought together with creative methods drawing on the arts and design to surface the ways in which human bodies and health states are entangled not only with digital media and devices but also with aspects of the non-digital world. I use examples from my research teams’ projects at the Vitalities Lab and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society to illustrate how we have used these methods and the insights generated concerning health information. We use the term ‘lively data’ to describe the information and marks left by humans and other living things as they move, grow, age, die and decay, constantly changing form and entering into new more-than-human assemblages. With these projects, we want to expand thinking about how we can learn about our bodies and health states by developing strong links between the materialities of our fleshy bodies and those of other living things. The methods with which we are working attempt to stimulate recognition of people’s personal data as human remains and to make the connection between nonhumans, humans and more-than-human vitalities, interconnected relationships and distributed wellbeing.

12:30 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Caring, Health, and Digital Technologies

Galia Assadi (Nürnberg): Trust in the Powers of Ethical Judgment. Reflections on the Ethical Value and Implications of Participatory Contexts

Ethical evaluation of digital health technologies can tread different paths. Most evaluations can be grouped in one of the following approaches: 1.) Extern ethical evaluation, mainly produced by studied ethicists and grounded on the traditions of academic discipline like e.g. philosophy or theology. 2) Accompanying research (connected to projects in the realm of technology research and development) regarding ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA), primarily conducted by professional researchers who take part in the development processes. 3) Participatory approaches in IT development, including researchers from different areas of expertise as well as laypersons representing the targeted user group. Even though, from an ethical perspective, every approach is equivalent, they result in different outcomes and are based on a different understanding of ethics. Whereas approach 1and 2 are already well established, e.g. in the area of publicly founded technology research and development, approach 3 actually is relatively new and rarely tested. This may have its origin in the challenges connected to participatory research as well as in a deficit regarding methodical expertise. The presentations aims at demonstrating the ethical foundation as well as the potential of this approach, highlighting its ethical relevance for a pluralistic society and its fruitful implications for design and implementation of digital health technologies.

Christophe Kunze (Furtwangen): The Complexity of Cooperative Care and Health Data practices - Explorations of IT-supported Collaboration in (Tele-)care

This contribution presents explorations of health data and its practices in collaborative caregiving. It is drawing on observations and experiences in different contexts such as the coordination and collaboration of formal and informal elderly care [1], digital neighborhood development [2] and the implementation of video telecare in home-based palliative care for children [3]. While these application examples differ considerably in terms of medical challenges and actors involved, they nevertheless share many similar characteristics. As collaborative care work, they are characterized by a high proportion of interaction work. Subjective assessments, experiences as well as tacit and implicit knowledge play an important role, but are typically only partially visible in health and care data in IT systems. The inherent categorization and standardization in IT systems can only reflect diversity and complexity of caregiving contexts to a limited extent. In such collaborative care structures, the boundaries of formal and informal caregiving roles are blurring. The same is true for popular and professional health data. Participatory health data is a result of co-production, for instance in video telecare when patient’s relatives are controlling the camera work instructed by caregivers. Due to the highly dynamic nature of the digital transformation, the handling of such participatory data is less established and standardized than in formal, professional application contexts. The appropriation of tech therefore requires a high degree of infrastructural work, whereby actors can hardly draw on the experience of others and practices must be negotiated and reconfigured on a regular basis.

Our explorations highlight ambiguities, uncertainties and contradictory facets within participatory health data practices. For instance, video interaction in telecare is fluctuating between preserving and compromising privacy, keeping distance and staying connected, practical benefits and conflicting professional attitudes, and (de-)professionalization. The design, implementation and (non-)adoption of IT-supported collaboration tools and structures also reveals breakdowns and gaps within the health and social care system, such as missing responsibilities for essential care and case management tasks. Consequently, the design and implementation of health data systems and practices is also raising questions about the nature of (visible and invisible) care work and what constitutes good care.

References:

[1] Renyi, M., Gaugisch, P., Hunck, A., Strunck, S., Kunze, C., & Teuteberg, F. (2022). Uncovering the

Complexity of Care Networks–Towards a Taxonomy of Collaboration Complexity in Homecare.

Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 1-38.

[2] Renyi, M., Hegedüs, A., Schmitter, P., Berger, F., Ballmer, T. M., Maier, E., & Kunze, C. (2022). Lessons

learned: the multifaceted field of (digital) neighborhood development. The Journal of Community

Informatics, 18(1).

[3] Kunze, C., Kächele, I., Kiefer, P., Lindwedel, U. (2022): Digitalisierung in der Pflege - aktuelle

Entwicklungen, Potentiale und Herausforderungen im Kontext der Versorgung von Menschen mit komplexer Behinderung. In: Zuleger, A., Maier-Michalitsch, N. (Eds.). Pflege und Palliative Care interdisziplinär. Verlag selbstbestimmtes leben, 2022 (in press).

Sebastian Merkel (Bochum): Using Smart Speaker for Health and Social Care by Older Users. An Explorative Study

Smart speaker, like Amazon´s Echo or Apple´s HomePod, show high rates of diffusion in private households in Europe and North America since Amazon launched the first smart speaker in the USA in 2015. Against the background of commercial success of and technological advantages in speech recognition (SP) and natural language processing (NLP), there is a growing body of literature on the use of digital assistants and smart speakers in the domain of health and social. With hands-free interaction, the devices can be used as medication reminders, for symptom management, documentation, or communication between patients and nurses/doctors covering multiple medical fields like diabetes care (see e.g. Basatneh et al. 2018; Dojchinovski et al. 2019; Sadavarte and Bodanese 2019; Sezgin et al. 2020). One group of potential users of smart speakers and benefits of smart speakers for this group have already been discussed (see e.g. Farr, 2018; Ianzito, 2018; Nimrod & Edan, 2021). Features of smart speaker (‘skills’ or ‘actions’) available specifically designed for the elderly and companies like Amazon started offering specific services such as “Alexa together”, that aim at supporting older persons living independently by offering multiple features like fall detection alerts and activity responses. Advantages of the supposedly easy to use voice assistants for older individuals seem obvious: They can be operated despite visual impairments or limitations in mobility and without the need of getting accustomed to a visual user interface, which makes them easier to navigate (Nimrod & Edan, 2021). A recurring critique in the field focuses on the question of data security, be it due to the risk of wiretapping inputs or because using voice commands is considered a new form of interaction with technologies requiring knowledge about how data is processed by users (Deutscher Bundestag, 2020). However, up to date research on smart speaker use by older persons is still in its beginnings, particularly on questions of appropriation and Appropriation of tech. Against this background, the presentation will integrate results of several studies carried out: (1) A scoping review on the use of smart speakers within the domain of health and social care, (2) a review of smart speaker applications designed for older persons, and (3) domestication of smart speakers by older persons based on interview data.   

15:30 - 1 6:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30  Appropriating and Implementing Health Data Practices

Anne Jordi Koppenburger (Aachen): Taking Shape – Examining Knowledge Infrastructures for Health. On the Formation of the Electronic Patient File in Germany

Over 25 years ago the term electronic patient file (EPF) found its way into the rhetoric repertoire of health politicians not only in Germany. While the term has changed its meaning since then, especially in recent years it has become a main talking point of health politicians relating to health care system improvements. In my study of the formation of the EPF, I consider several viewpoints and trace expectations of stakeholders emerging over the course of time and under changing health policies. Initial results of interviews and documentary analysis suggest not only an interplay of different logics from different levels of the healthcare system. Moreover, the EPF can be understood as an infrastructuring endeavor that takes shape according to values inherent to the model of the health insurance system on the one hand. On the other hand, the form taken at each point of time constrains the realization of alternative and future options.

In my presentation I shall delineate the observed sociotechnical enterprise as a basic (data) preparatory work in the health care system.

Conceptualizing the electronic patient file as a boundary infrastructure (Neuman/Star 1996) allows for the consideration of different stakeholders who are directly and/or indirectly involved in the development of the basic digital infrastructure, its hard- and software and its manifold applications. From here, demanding social processes, e.g. the deliberation of (technologically-)promoted values and the negotiation of jurisdictions come into view. However, in contrast to technical artifacts, infrastructures have no clear cut life-cycles; they are conceived as timely and spaciously far-reaching (Bowker 2015). Associated herewith are methodological challenges to observe, analyze and theorize digital infrastructures not only in the health care

sector. Seen as a mode of social practice, infrastructuring and its prevalence calls for methodological innovations and new perspectives of the social studies of science and technology. Using the example of the electronic patient file, I will discuss these research related issues.

Enrico Maria Piras (Verona): Quantifying, Tracking, Analyzing. Disputed Bodies in Datafied Chronic Care Management

Datafication of the human body, the representation of vital signs and activity through figures, is not new in itself. While measuring has been a concern for medical science since its inception (Shryock, 1961), contemporary healthcare provision also heavily relies on data for administrative or procedural aspects. Representing physiological process through data serves the purpose to disentangle a single function from the messiness of the body, constantly scrutinize and correct its malfunctioning if necessary. Datafication holds the promise to unpack and make intelligible the biology of the body paving the way to streamlining the adjustment, hacking and improvement of its inner mechanisms. Data work, “the human activity related to creating, collecting, managing, curating, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data” (Bossen et al., 2019) is so intertwined with medical practice to the point of having become indistinguishable from it and such activities have significantly contributed to change professions and reshape healthcare organizations and practices.

More recently creating, harvesting, and interpreting data have become part of the curriculum of patients and caregivers too. The emphasis on empowerment and self-management in chronic care has led to patient education requiring competences in represent their condition through measuring and making sense of data, leading to several different forms of health data tracking (Lupton, 2014). Moreover, the availability of personal monitoring devices ended the monopoly of the clinic as the locus of body data production and has paved the way to forms of health data analysis performed by patients, leading to forms of practical patient knowledge which may differ from medical knowledge (Pols, 2014).

Besides measures, personal health technologies often offer decision support systems built by manufacturers basing on the analysis of big data gathered through the devices. Proprietary algorithms, whose inner functioning is not disclosed, have thus entered the landscape of health decision making as a third legitimate interpreter of  health data together with healthcare professionals and patients.

While datafication of the body has opened up opportunities for diagnosis and therapy it has also contributed to turn bodies into disputed terrains of intervention. Diabetes type 1 has a longstanding tradition as a forerunner of future trends in health care and it will provide the case to illustrate the how personal health technologies, datafication, and automated interpretation have given rise to grey areas in which it’s not clear whose interpretation is more relevant. 

Focusing on three grey areas (type 1 diabetes management during pregnancy, in remote monitoring, and the self-management practices performed within the school premises) the chapter will describe and discuss how datafication technologies can be subject to multiple forms of appropriation where responsibilities are attributed and negotiated, new configurations of care are built, boundaries are created and contested.

 

References:

Bossen, C., Pine, K. H., Cabitza, F., Ellingsen, G., & Piras, E. M. (2019). Data work in healthcare: An Introduction. Health Informatics Journal, 25(3) 465–474 

Lupton, D. (2014b). Self-tracking modes: Reflexive self-monitoring and data practices. Available at SSRN: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2483549 

Pols, J. (2014). Knowing patients: turning patient knowledge into science. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 39(1), 73-97.

Shryock, R. H. (1961). The history of quantification in medical science. Isis, 52(2), 215-237.

Benjamin Marent (Sussex): Digital Health: A Sociomaterial Framework

The notion of digital health often remains an empty signifier, employed strategically for a vast array of demands to attract investments and legitimise reforms. Rather scarce are attempts to develop digital health towards an analytic notion that provides avenues either for understanding and/or for governing such ongoing transformations in healthcare. This presentation elaborates a sociomaterial framework for governing digital health innovation. It first outlines a sociomaterial approach to understanding digital health, showing how digitalisation affords practices of health and medicine to handle the combined and interrelated challenges of increases in quantification (data-intensive medicine), varieties of connectivity (telemedicine), and unprecedented modes of instantaneous calculation (algorithmic medicine). This enables an engagement with questions about what forms of knowledge, relationships and control are produced through certain manifestations of digital health. The presentation then sets out, in detail, an innovative digital health governance framework that can guide explorations and negotiations into the type of care we want to achieve through digital transformation. The framework embeds Karen Barad’s concept of agential cuts suggesting that responsible cuts towards the materialisation of digital health require participatory efforts that recognise the affordances and the generativity of technology developments. Such governance strategies can lay the foundations to reorient and sensitise innovation and care processes in order to create new possibilities and value-centric approaches for promoting health in digital societies as opposed to promoting digital health per se.

KEYWORDS: digital health futures, sociomaterial governance, agential realism

 

19:00 Conference Dinner

Zur Hammerhütte

Kirchweg 79

57072 Siegen

 

Friday, 09th September

09:00 - 10:00 Clinical Health Data Practices I

Susanne Brucksch (Tokyo): Health Data, Medical Devices and Development Practices Among Clinical Engineers in Japan

Health data are nowadays mediated by machines and digital technology. They are the source for medical knowledge and health practices in professional and popular contexts alike. The scholarship draws wide attention to the generation and processing of such information and insufficiencies responding to user needs. The focus lies predominantly on medical professionals, nurses and care givers as well as patients and/or care recipients and their families. Less light is shed on the role of medical technicians and engineers who are designing, producing and maintaining devices mediating health data. In Japan, the number of technicians employed in hospitals seems to have increased two- to threefold over last 30 years with the intrusion of high-technology into clinical workplaces. This remarkable change leads to the question which role do clinical technicians and engineers play in providing and maintaining the data-related technology and infrastructure in hospitals. Moreover, how far do they rely on health data and which data practices can be observed in the making and application of medical technology. This paper presents data from an interview study conducted in Jan 2020 and Nov-Dec 2021 in various hospitals in Japan. The preliminary findings suggest that clinical technicians experience a markedly increase of their professional status in hospital hierarchies. However, they also face increasing difficulties to keep up with the employment and maintenance of highly complex devices provided by medtech companies and abroad. If this would not be enough, clinical engineers and technicians are expected to be involved in medtech partnerships to support local industries and to secure future markets for a struggling (local) economy. Special matching and exchange programs have been established to enable information flow and participatory development but came under further pressure during the pandemic resulting in limited excess to clinical sites, increased need for exchange and a switch to digital matching formats.

Susanne Brucksch is associate professor at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan. She was senior researcher at Free University Berlin and principal researcher at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo before as well as visiting scholar at Waseda University in 2016 and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Innovation and Competition in 2019. Brucksch has been serving as chair of the advisory board of DWIH Tokyo (German Centre for Science and Innovation) 2019-2021 and as board member of VSJF (German Association for Social Science Research on Japan) since 2016. Her research focuses on innovation and research collaboration regarding medical devices in Japan. Her recent publications comprise the anthology "Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts. Case Studies from Japan" (2021), edited with Kaori Sasaki, Palgrave Macmillan (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-6280-2).

Stefanie Büchner, Justus Rahn (Hannover): “Palliative” Modes – Reconfigurations of Data Practices in Intensive Care

Die Ethnographie hat interessante Einblicke in den Wechsel des Modus im Umgang mit Daten angesichts von (meist kurzen) Sterbeprozessen auf der Intensivstation gegeben, die wir gerne vorstellen und diskutieren würden. Der Titel „Palliativmodus“ greift eine Semantik des Feldes auf, nämlich die Bezeichnung für eine neue Möglichkeit, über eine spezifische Einstellung der Monitoringsysteme die Sichtbarkeit und audiovisuelle Präsentation von Gesundheitsdaten „am Bett“ zu verändern. Wir möchten uns diesem Wechsel, der natürlich weit mehr meint als die Änderung der technischen Voreinstellung, genauer widmen und damit einen Beitrag zur Datafizierung und Sterben leisten, der vielleicht auch im Anschluss an Glaser und Strauss für die Diskussion von „health data“  interessant ist.  

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Clinical Health Data Practices II

Kevin Wiggert (Berlin): Systems of AI-assisted Clinical Decision Support. On Attempts at Data-based "Calculation" of Disease States in Intensive Care Medicine

Today, medical routine in intensive care units is exceedingly sociotechnical (Schubert 2011). Health professionals need to interpret the signs shown by the devices and do “balancing work” (Mort et al. 2005). Arising uncertainties are counterbalanced by the individual routine and experience of the clinician. In recent years, systems of AI-assisted clinical decision support (CDSSs) have been designed to remedy this situation (Sloane & Silva 2020). In addition to artificially intelligent calculation, CDSSs use large amounts of data. These are usually very different types of data, containing personal data, medical measurements, but also scores that have become an established part of the medical field in question. While developing such a system, it often happens that new variables are included (first on a test basis) that were not previously common practice in the relevant medical community. At the same time, other “data” sources are left out. This especially counts for the various approaches and routines of clinicians to examine a patient’s body, which constitutes a significant part of their experience base and expertise. The amount of data variables used, the diversity of the data types, as well as the substitution with and addition of new data variables that comes with the development and implementation of CDSSs makes it potentially difficult – if not impossible – to understand the procedural processes of its reasoning and how and why it came to certain conclusions. This is also one reason why their actual use is still scarce (Winter & Carusi 2022). I will use interview data with developers and clinicians from two empirical examples of the development and testing of a CDSS for the early prediction of patients’ health status in intensive care situations (one case is about monitoring the health condition in pediatric care, the other case about observing health statuses regarding potential future decompensation of patients), which I conducted in 2021 and 2022. In both cases a CDSS correlates multiple data points to potentially medically relevant results, which firstly, are difficult to validate by the treating clinicians; secondly, they are changing the temporal structure of medical examination, for example, when the predictive calculations about a patients’ health condition shown by a CDSS exceed the temporal horizon of the treating clinician; and thirdly, arise in a socio-technical context, which is often characterized by a high stress level and time pressure, which therefore makes fast decision-making necessary. In my talk I want to show how this threefold combination potentially changes medical decision-making and challenges the multiple practices of medical examination (Mol 2002).

Bibliography:

Mol, A. (2002): The Body Multiple. Ontology in Medical Practice. Durham, London: Duke University Press.

Mort, M., Goodwin, D., Smith, A. F., & Pope, C. (2005): Safe asleep? Human–machine relations in medical practice. Social Science & Medicine, 61(9), 2027-2037.

Schubert, C. (2011): Die Technik operiert mit. Zur Mikroanalyse medizinischer Arbeit. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 40(4). Stuttgart, pp. 174-190.

Sloane, E. B.; Silva, R. J. (2020): Artificial intelligence in medical devices and clinical decision support systems. In: E. Iadanza (ed.): Clinical engineering handbook. Second edition. London, San Diego, CA: Academic Press, pp. 556-568.

Winter, P. D.; Carusi, A. (2022): (De)troubling transparency: artificial intelligence (AI) for clinical applications. In: Medical humanities. DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2021-012318.

Torsten Risør (Tromsø): Trailblazing, Jamsession and the Root Metaphors of Data Use in Clinical Practice

I plan to talk about five different underlying metaphors in clinical decision making - two that are mostly used by clinicians and two that are mostly used by administrators and policy makers, and finally a fifth that may explain something about why we clinicians find it difficult to adress social inequalities of health.

My empirical starting point will be an everyday clinical encounter from general practice, fairly simple in medical terms but with an inherent social complexity and useful to illustrate how the different underlying metaphors may impact decision-making.

11:15 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 12:45 Health Data Infrastructures and  Data Flows

Marine Al Dahdah (Paris) via Zoom: Digital Health for All Constructing a Data-Driven Welfare State in the Global South

Mobile phones, and more generally digital infrastructures, are now being promoted as a fundamental element in the response to health needs in wealthy countries, but also increasingly in the Global South where digitalisation is placed at the centre of "universal health coverage initiatives". Frequently, these technical public-private partnerships determine the provision of state welfare and differentiate access to health resources through digital infrastructures. Focusing on two such initiatives in Kenya and India, this communication investigates the partnerships between government and private digital operators as well as the ability of patients to manage their health needs digitally. While these programmes promise health coverage for all, their technical infrastructures complicate access to health services, revealing new patterns of exclusion. Indeed, inclusion, exclusion and their differentiation are determined not only through public state policies but also through digitally constructed criteria. This communication also addresses questions around health data usage and ownership. Like Airbnb which does not own hotels, digital health platforms do not own physical healthcare infrastructures themselves, but they have ownership over a secondary infrastructure in the form of digitised health information. Indeed, such programmes lead to the commodification of healthcare and the weakening of public health infrastructures by diverting public funds to private digital ventures and transferring health data ownership to private companies.

François van Schalkwyk (Stellenbosch): Hyperlocal Data Flows: A Synthesis of Findings from Three African Countries

The use of health data at the local level – that level of governance and delivery of public services closest to communities – is seen as playing an important role in the evidence-based decision-making and consequently, instrumental in local development. Investments in improving the quality and use of health data in developing countries is characterized by stalled attempts to devolving governance, the interventions of multiple donors often targeted at specific diseases (e.g. HIV/Aids, malaria, TB), and a belief in the transformative potential of digital infrastructure and solutions in a context of historical underinvestment in key public services such education and healthcare. Against this background, three studies were commissioned to investigate the flow of health data between the hyperlocal and national levels of governance in Cote d’Ivoire, Lesotho and Tanzania. The purpose was to identify flows and blockages so as to design interventions that could improve data use by communities in these three countries. This paper synthesizes the findings from these three studies. It presents two general findings. First, it reveals the complexities of studying health data flows in national systems and suggests how future research could approach the study of health data flows. Second, it synthesizes the general characteristics of the flow of health data to and from the hyperlocal level in the three African countries.

12:45 - 13:00  Closing Discussion

What Makes Health Data Popular, Professional and Participatory and Why Does it Matter?

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch und Farewell

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Do. 01. September 2022 - Fr. 02. September 2022
Workshop "Agre After Techno-Utopianism"
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Donnerstag, 01. - 02. September 2022

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We can finally announce the schedule for the forthcoming workshop, ‘Agre After Techno-Utopianism’, to be held at the University of Siegen, Germany/hybrid, 1-2 September. We will hold two paper sessions on ‘Agre as a Philosopher’ and ‘Capture and Capitalism’, with contributions from a range of scholars. In addition, we have a number of ‘conversations’ with scholars who will consider various aspects of Agre’s thought, from Lucy Suchman and David Chapman, to Geert Lovink, Marina Gržinić and David Murakami Wood. The workshop will also dedicate time to reading some of Agre’s lesser-known works, on the nature of ‘human tech’, privacy, and facial recognition. 
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Thursday, September 1st, 2022 

2:00 p.m. 

Arrival and welcoming remarks
by Tatjana Seitz and Sam Hind

2:15-2:45 p.m.  Introduction
by Geert Lovink
2:45-4:15 p.m. Workshop I: Agre as Philosopher
with contributions by Daniela van Geenen,  Jethro Masís, Neal Thomas, and Adam Hyland, Julie Vera and Brett Halperin
4:15-4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-6:00 p.m. Workshop II: Capture and Capturism
with contributions by Tobias Stadler, Andreas Beinsteiner, Marc Tuters and David Gauthier
6:00-7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:15-8:45 p.m. Early Agre
in conversation with Lucy Suchman and David Chapman; moderation by Tatjana Seitz and Sebastian Randerath

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Workshop III: Reading Agre

Agre (1995) From High Tech to Human Tech 

Agre (1995) The Soul Gained and Lost 

Agre (1999) The Architecture of Identity: Embedding Privacy in Market Institutions

Agre (2003) Your Face is Not a Bar Code

1:30-3:00 p.m.  Lunch
3:00-4:30 p.m. Mailing lists and Netzkritik
in conversation with Geert Lovink and Pit Schultz with special contribution on the RRE mailing list by Marc Tuters & David Gauthier; moderation by Elena Pilipets
4:30-4:45 p.m. Break
4:45-6:15 p.m. Surveillance Cultures and post tech-utopian Digital Cultures
in conversation with David Murakami Wood; moderation by Armin Beverungen
6:15-7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30-9:00 p.m. Rethinking Techno Futures
with Marina Gržinić, Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos, Ricardo Dominguez, Jaromil; moderation by Marina Gržinić

 

Call for Participation 

It is hard to imagine digital culture without the work of Philip E. Agre. His description of the mutual dynamics of digital technology and ideology, so-called ‘grammars of action’ (Agre 1994), and the appeal for a critical technical practice (Agre 1997) have inspired scholars across media studies, HCI, and digital art and design for over 30 years. This workshop, ‘Agre After Techno-Utopianism’, seeks to evaluate his contribution to the study of technology, ideology, critique, and practice since the ‘techno-utopia’ of the early internet era ended, and more dystopic energies emerged.

The relevance of his work today is substantial. In Surveillance and Capture (Agre 1994), Agre saw the threats new workplace technologies posed that would mutate into examples of surveillance capitalism. In Real-Time Politics (Agre 2002), he wrote extensively on the downsides of digital cultures when the web was still considered a techno-utopia. In Pengi (Agre and Chapman 1987), Agre and David Chapman explored critiques of dominant AI conceptualizations. Together, these strands can be considered precursors to work, now commonplace, in software studies and integrated into computational methods for the study of digital culture. In Toward a Critical Technical Practice (Agre 1997), Agre famously offered a synthetic approach to studying technology, straddling the ‘craft work of design’ and the ‘reflexive work of critique’. In High Tech to Human Tech (Agre 1995) the political economy of digital culture became an even greater interest, debunking the ideology of ‘empowerment’ in newly ‘computerized’ workplaces. Even lesser-known work on the Networked University (Agre 2000) offered a prescient insight into the ‘promise and danger’ of remote learning.

Agre’s contribution to, as well as critique of, digital culture was just as significant. He ran the monthly mailing list The Network Observer (TNO) (1994-96) before starting the Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE) (1996-2001), offering regular insights into the ‘social and political aspects of computing and networking’. Not only did Agre critique the emerging digital world, but contributed to the counterculture within it. Since this period, we have experienced the downsides of networks, social media, and platforms, with AI and sensory media accelerating capitalism further. Bringing the founders of the nettime (1995-present) mailing list into conversation with the history of REE we want to think about how list cultures equally manifest as cultures of resistance. In this, we want to re-discover ideas that resisted tech-utopian narratives, and practices that challenged these ideologies.

Collectively, we want to deepen our understanding of Agre’s thinking and the significance of his work. From revisiting well-known texts to rediscovering less-popular work, and exploring the exciting interconnections between various disciplines and forms of ‘net activism’ that engaged with Agre’s work from computational science to sociology, and from work in political economy to across the wider arts and humanities. Within the context of the contemporary platform condition we want to collectively reflect on the relevance, as well as limitations, of his work; continuing to debunk cyber utopias, whilst disassociating and rearticulating narratives of power.

 

CfP for the workshop "Agre After Techno-Utopianism"


For this purpose, we invite contributions to a two-day workshop, 1-2 September 2022 where workshop participants will dive into the work of Agre through different formats: conversations, exegese, and critiques. In this, we are equally interested in exploring his role in shaping digital culture as we are in his academic work.

We invite contributions that engage with Agre's work in a comprehensive manner. We want to develop a foundation for how to read and work with Agre. We especially welcome contributions that seek to apply, and develop, Agre’s key concepts. However, the workshop will also aim to make sense of how Agre's thought has itself developed, from his early experiments with Pengi to the political economy of the internet. How, for instance, did his work on Pengi shape the idea of critical technical practice? What kinds of critique does Interactionism offer for the digital?

While the written contributions are designed to support a thorough examination of Agre's thinking, we will provide ample space for discussion. Here Agre can be confronted with contemporary questions. How, for instance, to think about ‘data practices’, sensor media or automation along with Agre?

Our second concern is to discuss the possibilities and practical implications of a collective inventory or archive of Agre’s work, exploring methods of documenting the network that developed around the RRE in the US and Europe and consider how it might be preserved and/or re-presented. We believe his heterogenous interventions deserve to be organized in a way that is respectful to the media specificity and materiality of early net critique, as well as being made accessible to the broader public.

As the location of the Harold Garfinkel archive, and a pioneer in the study of media practice, ethnomethodology, early internet studies, and the study of infrastructure, SFB1187 Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen is well suited to host this workshop.

 

Format: 2-day discussion workshop with conversation formats and interviews as well as dedicated discussions of contributions. Papers will be circulated in advance.

Please submit an extended abstract (1000 words)

Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2022

Suggested (non-exhaustive) topics. How did Agre develop critiques around the following issues:

  • Web communities and cultures (mailing lists, social media, tactics, resistance)
  • Connectivity and networks (wired-ness, de/centralization, infrastructure)
  • Capital-isms and technology (surveillance, networked, corporate, managerial)
  • Work and the workplace (tasks, practices, organizational forms)
  • Meaning of work (empowerment, the entrepreneurial self)
  • Surveillance and privacy (grammars of action, capture model)
  • Ethnomethods (accountability, activity, plans)
  • Activity Theory (L. S. Vygotsky) and Interactionism as modes of critique
  • Medium specificity (devices, platforms, AI)
  • Critical Technical Practice (CTP), design and methodology (critique, tech ethics, APIs)
  • Archives and histories (interactivity, accessibility, documentation)
  • Other topics open to ‘Agre-ian’ analysis (e.g. environment, ecology, race)

We welcome contributions from former colleagues and contemporary witnesses. We also hope to hear various personal accounts of these early days of the internet: the ideas, visions, and hopes that shaped, and have been reshaped, by these early developments.

Please send submissions to Tatjana Seitz: tatjana.seitz@uni-siegen.de

 

Organizers: Tatjana Seitz, Sam Hind, Carolin Gerlitz, Sebastian Gießmann

 

Works:

Agre P.E. and Chapman D (1987) Pengi: An implementation of a theory of activity. AAAAI-87 Proceedings 268–272.

Agre P.E. (1994) Surveillance and capture: Two models of privacy. The Information Society: An International Journal 10 (2): 101–127.

Agre P.E. (1995) From high tech to human tech: Empowerment, measurement, and social studies of computing. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 3 (1): 167–195.

Agre P.E. (1997) Toward a critical technical practice: Lessons learned in trying to reform AI. In Bowker GC, Leigh Star S, Turner W and Gasser L (eds) Bridging the Great Divide: Social Science, Technical Systems, and Cooperative Work. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 131–158.

Agre P.E. (2000) Infrastructure and institutional change in the networked university. Information, Communication & Society 3 (4): 494–507.

Agre P.E. (2002) Real-Time Politics: The Internet and the Political Process, The Information Society, 18(5), pp. 311–331.

Web resources:

The Network Observer: https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/agre/tno.html

Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE): https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/agre/

 

Veranstaltungsort

Siegen (on site/hybrid)
AH-A 217/218
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen
Lageplan

Kontakt

SFB 1187 - Medien der Kooperation /Teilprojekt A01
Tatjana Seitz
tatjana.seitz@uni-siegen.de
SFB 1187 - Medien der Kooperation /Teilprojekt A03
Dr. Sam Hind
sam.hind@uni-siegen.de
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