Practice-based Design: Some Syntheses
Please join us for the first in the Fall 2008 series of talks sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI). This talk is co-sponsored by the School of Informatics in conjunction with the Participatory Design Conference. The RKCSI speaker series is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff across the university to current research in social informatics conducted at IU and around the world. The complete schedule for the Fall 2008 Speaker Series is posted on the web at: http://rkcsi.indiana.edu/index.php/2008-fall
Speaker: Lucy Suchman
Professor, Anthropology of Science and Technology Co-Director Centre for Science Studies Department of Sociology Lancaster University
Topic: Practice-based Design: Some Syntheses
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Time: 9:30-10:00 am
Place: Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), Oak Room
Talk to be followed by opportunity for an "unconference-style"
discussion until 12:00 noon.
Refreshments will be available.
This talk will draw from interdisciplinary research at Xerox PARC beginning in the 1980s, in a series of projects that joined ethnographies of work and technologies-in-use with design interventions. Our ethnographic approach is exemplified in an early research project within a particular workplace which led, among other things, to a reconceptualization of what makes up an 'information system' that informed all of our subsequent efforts. The latter turned increasingly to interventions aimed at developing what I characterize here as a program of practice-based design, combining elements of workplace ethnography and cooperative prototyping in an expanding repertoire of generative iterations across system design and use.
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 includes ethnographic studies of everyday practices of technology design and use, as well as interdisciplinary and participatory interventions in new technology design. Her recently published book Human-Machine Reconfigurations (Cambridge University Press 2007) includes an annotated version of her earlier Plans and Situated Actions. The sequel adds six new chapters, examining relevant developments since the mid-1980s both in computing and in social studies of technology. She 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. More information about Dr. Suchman is available from her website at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/profiles/31/.
The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is jointly sponsored by the IU Schools of Library and Information Science and Informatics.
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