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A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies
Edited by Janet Vertesi & David Ribes
Co-edited by Carl DiSalvo, Laura Forlano, Steven J. Jackson, Yanni Loukissas, Daniela K. Rosner, and Hanna Rose Shell
Scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and information sciences are grappling with how best to study virtual environments, use computational tools in their research, and engage audiences with their results. Classic work in Science and Technology Studies (STS) has played a central role in how these fields analyze digital technologies, but many of its key examples do not speak to today’s computational realities. This groundbreaking collection brings together a world-class group of contributors to refresh the canon for contemporary digital scholarship.
In twenty-five pioneering and incisive essays, this unique digital field guide offers innovative new approaches to digital scholarship, the design of digital tools and objects, and the deployment of critically grounded technologies for analysis and discovery. Contributors cover a broad range of topics, including software development, hackathons, digitized coral reefs, diversity in the tech sector, and distributed scientific collaborations. They discuss methodological considerations of social networks and data analysis, design projects that can translate STS concepts into durable scientific work, and much more.
Featuring a concise introduction by Janet Vertesi and David Ribes and accompanied by this interactive microsite, this book provides new perspectives on digital scholarship that will shape the agenda for tomorrow’s generation of STS researchers and practitioners.
Winner of the Olga Amsterdamska Award,
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
Janet Vertesi is assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University and the author of Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars.
David Ribes is associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and director of the Data Ecologies Lab at the University of Washington.
Carl DiSalvo is associate professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the director of the Public Design Workshop, and author of Adversarial Design.
Laura Forlano, is associate professor at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab, and is co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen.
Steven J. Jackson is associate professor of Information Science and Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University, and Chair of the Information Science department.
Yanni Loukissas is assistant professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the author of All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society and Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture.
Daniela K. Rosner is assistant professor in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington where she is co-director of the Tactile and Tactical Design (TAT) Lab, and is the author of Critical Fabulations: Reworking the Methods and Margins of Design (2018).
Hanna Rose Shell is associate professor of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts, and of Art and Art History, at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the author of Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance.
—danah boyd, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society, and author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
—Paul N. Edwards, author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming
—Trevor Pinch, Cornell University
—Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK