8 Nov 2012, 2:19pm
media & technology research
by jordan

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New blog on anthropology & STS from CASTAC!

My colleagues and I at CASTAC (the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing) have just launched a new blog on anthropological studies of science and technology: blog.castac.org. We’ve got an inaugural post from Editor-in-Chief Patricia Lange and a first post from contributor Lucy Suchman. We’ll also be featuring posts over the next few weeks from David Hakken and David Hess, and will be covering sessions on STS and media at the upcoming annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association.

The official announcement is below — please check out the blog and spread the word! We’re also looking for contributors, so contact me (jkraemer @ uci.edu) or Patricia (plange @ cca.edu) if you’re interested!


Announcing the new CASTAC blog, at http://blog.castac.org! Join us for discussion and exchange on the anthropological study of science, technology, and computing. In this blog we seek to promote exchange of ideas on breaking new research trends, tools and techniques, and stories of experiences beyond the academy. Check out our inaugural post from Patricia G. Lange and a first post from Lucy Suchman. Join the conversation!

The CASTAC blog is now live at http://blog.castac.org. Spread the news and get involved — we’re eager to hear from you!

Your CASTAC blog team,

– Patricia G. Lange, Jennifer Cool, and Jordan Kraemer

30 May 2012, 10:35am
media & technology research social media social networks
by jordan

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Anthropology of Social Networking at UCL

Thanks to Daniel Miller at University College London for organizing a new resource for the anthropology of social networking and social media: Anthropology of Social Networking. The website includes information on recent ethnographic projects around the world that seek to understand social networking sites and practices in their everyday context “and their impact on our knowledge and understanding of society, humankind, and social science theory,” as well as a blog. They are still seeking additional contributors.

You can read about my dissertation research, Mobile Berlin: Social Media and the New Europe, as well as my co-conspirator Charles Pearson’s work on social media and the Tea Party movement in the U.S. Charles and I are organizing a panel on the anthropology of social media for the annual American Anthropological Association meetings this fall in San Francisco — more info TBA.

Participate in a study about social media and international users

I’m conducting some research this summer in the San Francisco Bay area, on social media and localization — if you might be interested, read on!

Are you employed in the field of social media or Web 2.0? Interested in participating in an ethnographic study about new media design and international users?

This is a study being conducted by Jordan Kraemer (jkraemer@uci.edu), a graduate student in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and is titled New Media in Design and Practice: Social Media Companies in Transnational Circuits. Tom Boellstorff is the faculty sponsor (tboellst@uci.edu).

You are eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years of age or older, are employed at a social media or technology company, speak English, and are in some way involved with the design, planning, or maintenance of social media (social networking services, blogging/microblogging, social bookmarking, or other media related to Web 2.0).

The research procedures involve an audio-taped interview that will last approximately 30-45 minutes at a location convenient to you, and an optional follow-up interview (1-2 hours). Your identity will be kept confidential.

There are no direct benefits from participation in the study. However, this study may explain the connection between international users, who are not often the target audience of new social media products, and design practices in the United States. This study will contribute more broadly to understanding the social impact of new technology.

Contact Information:

University of California, Irvine

Lead Researcher: Jordan Kraemer, graduate student, department of anthropology


Faculty Sponsor: Tom Boellstorff, Associate Professor of Anthropology

(949) 824-9944 | tboellst@uci.edu

7 Feb 2009, 5:35pm
media & technology research
by jordan

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recent projects

i’ve been continuing to think about questions of mobility, spatial scales, and technology, particularly in terms of how our ideas about mobility often influence what kind of new media are developed and marketed. most recently, i proposed a small project funded by Intel as part of collaborative effort between Intel’s People and Practices group and UC Irvine. there are a whole number of interesting projects as part of the initiative, which you can read more about on the PAPR blog.

in addition, i’ve returned to blogging for Smart Mobs, so keep an eye out for me there.

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