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Research themes

Applications, Interfaces, Gestures

This research strand of CIM considers how contemporary digital technologies are used and applied in everyday life, but also as tools for doing research. We are specifically interested in data production and visualisation, agency, mobility, navigation, cognition, perception, performativity, governance, economic valorisation and decision-making. Interfaces are central to this research theme as the means through which such applications ‘work’. We critically explore what interfaces obscure and foreground when applications are used.

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Change and Continuity

The question of how to understand change and continuity is fundamental to every field of enquiry. This research theme starts from the assumption that we need to understand change and continuity together. There are well-developed approaches in philosophy, social and cultural theory that explore the inter-relationship between change and continuity, including complexity theory, topological theory and process theory.

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Experiments in Participation

This strand of research in CIM is interested in experiments as an interface between science, technology and social and cultural life. Experiments offer important instruments in our society for negotiating the relations between diverse constituencies, and as such we are interested in experiments as both objects and resources for interdisciplinary research. We investigate experiments as an increasingly ubiquitous format and occasion for promoting, testing, criticizing and valuing science and technology, in the form of living labs, sensing experiments and a wider demo culture.

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Method and Methodologies

The research stream of Methods and Methodologies is explored in the Centre in three main ways: a) developing new methods and methodologies that contribute to the understanding of data and society; b) considering the ways in which digital processes are changing the role of methods and methodology in everyday life; and c) exploring the interdisciplinary nature of certain methodological approaches and how they make and shape particular research fields and disciplines.

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