MEDEA Talks # 17 – Remediations at the human-machine interface


LUCY SUCHMAN is a Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies. Her research has involved ethnographic studies of everyday practices of technology design and use.

Lucy Suchman’s Medea Talk explores recent developments in the study of digital media that recover the entanglements of bodies and technologies. Drawing on a series of examples from her own research and others within science and technology studies (STS) and design, she makes the case for an understanding of information as irreducibly social and material, virtual and real. In October, Lucy Suchman was also appointed as Honorary Doctorate at Malmö University.

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“Restoring Information’s Body: Remediations at the human-machine interface”
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More about Lucy Suchman
Lucy Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, and Co-Director of Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies. Before taking up her present position she spent twenty years as a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where she was a founding member and Manager of the Work Practice and Technology area. Her research has involved ethnographic studies of everyday practices of technology design and use, as well as interdisciplinary and participatory interventions in information technology design.

Her 2007 book Human-Machine Reconfigurations (Cambridge University Press 2007) includes an annotated version of the text of her earlier Plans and Situated Actions: the problem of human-machine communication. The sequel adds five new chapters, looking at relevant developments since the mid 1980s both in computing and in social studies of technology. Lucy served as Program Chair for the Second Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work in 1988, and for the first Conference on Participatory Design of Computer Systems in 1990. In 2010 she recieved the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award.

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Medea Talk with Lucy Suchman
When: Thursday, October 20, 16:00-18:00
Where: at the MEDEA studio, Östra Varvsgatan 11A, Malmö
Whom: The Medea Talks are for free and open to everyone. It is followed by Q&A.
Moderator: Ylva Gislén, director Konstnärliga forskarskolan