[csaa-forum] Mobile work - Mobile Methods, Monika Büscher, 27 March at RMIT: 4 - 5:30pm

TANIA LEWIS tania.lewis at rmit.edu.au
Sat Mar 4 13:04:51 ACST 2017

FYI, for those of you in Melbourne on 27th March.
All welcome!

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*Mobile work - Mobile Methods *

Disaster response can involve extreme physical and digital mobilities. In
the aftermath of the 2015 Germanwings crash, for example, hundreds of
emergency personnel from local and international agencies converged to
scour two square miles of steep, rocky terrain for debris and DNA.
Surrounding such physical mobilities are often myriad efforts to mobilise
information and coordinate actions through digital technologies. New
capabilities for mobile work that emerge in this context can be very
positive, but they can also raise complex ethical, legal and social
challenges. In collaborative research with practitioners, information
technology developers and interdisciplinary teams of researchers, I explore
what it means to do work on the move in crisis management to gain insight
into the relationship between embodied practices of mobile work and the
immaterial immobilities of data. This takes the form of engaged
‘speculative’ sociology and involves a mixture of mobile methods, including
participant observation and participant intervention, ways of ‘following
the information’, affirmative critique, disclosive ethics, utopia as
method, ethical and privacy impact assessment, and speculative design.
These methods are a means for ‘staying with the trouble’ of often ambiguous
emergent ‘intra-actions’ and effects. In this talk I provide examples from
this collaborative research to explore how we can combine methods or devise
new methods to capitalise on diverse forms of data to build rich and
practically as well as theoretically fruitful understandings of
digitally-suffused working life.

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*Monika Büscher* is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She
is Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research and Associate Director at
the Institute for Social Futures. Her research explores the digital
dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics and risk
governance. Her interdisciplinary, experimental, engaged public sociology
explores and shapes socio-technical futures. She currently leads research
on the informationalization of risk governance, exploring opportunities and
challenges in national and international projects (BRIDGE, SecInCoRe). Her
theoretical orientation builds on mobilities research, phenomenology,
ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, feminist and
non-representational theory, and design research. She has published many
articles and books, including Ethnographies of Diagnostic Work, Mobile
Methods and Design Research. Synergies from Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
In 2011 she received an honorary doctorate for her work in participatory
design from Roskilde University, Denmark. She edits the book series
Changing Mobilities (Routledge) with Peter Adey.

Date: Monday 27 March 2017

Time: 4 - 5:30pm

Venue: RMIT Council Chamber, Building 1, Level 2, Room 17, 124 La Trobe
Street Melbourne

Register: <http://goog_1587036822>*https://monikabuscher.eventbrite.com.au


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*Recent publications*

Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia

Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption

Lifestyle media in Asia

Ethical consumers and sustainability citizenship

Adventures in love, risk and romance: Navigating post-traditional social
relations on Indian dating shows

Inside Out: A Diasporic Narrative (on Stuart Hall)

Digital ethnography: Principles and practices

Environmental Equity: Building policy and practice for the EPA, Victoria

*Research Projects*
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