Trespassing in Fieldwork

On 3 June 2014 the Technological Natures research cluster sponsored an interdisciplinary symposium entitled “Trespassing in Fieldwork,” held at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.  Organized by Dr. Peter Wynn Kirby with crucial assistance from the intrepid Sasha Engelmann, the symposium investigated “trespass” in its ethical, methodological and social dimensions, hosting presentations grouped into three at once… Continue reading Trespassing in Fieldwork

Russia, China and the ‘Green Economy’

Sharing 4,300 km of geographical border and a communist past, nowadays Russia and China are close allies in political and economical arenas. The two countries, despite their differences, have common characteristics such as highly centralised government, ideas of state domination over the market, and the value given to non-transparent goals of strategic planning. Although having… Continue reading Russia, China and the ‘Green Economy’


In 1936, the great modernist playwright Elias Canetti gave a speech on the occasion of the novelist Herman Broch’s birthday, in which he described the artist’s relationship to the period as a “breathing-relation”: a particular mode of immersion in the tangible atmospheric conditions of the age. The artist, for Canetti, is a sensor of micro-climates,… Continue reading Being-in-the-air

EMAPS 2014 – a data visualisation ‘sprint’ at SOGE

For those wondering why there was an assortment of unfamiliar people hunched over laptops in the department between the 22nd and 26th of April, I can now explain. The department was playing host to a ‘data sprint’, a data visualisation workshop, loosely based on the format of a hackathon (that is, an internet based competition… Continue reading EMAPS 2014 – a data visualisation ‘sprint’ at SOGE

Dr James R Palmer

Occasionally this blog will feature updates on, and summaries of, work currently being completed by research cluster members. Below is an update from Dr James R Palmer. “My research interests lie in examining the interplay of science, evidence, discourse and power in policy-making processes related to the governance of sustainable energy systems, transport and the environment.… Continue reading Dr James R Palmer

The Politics of Urban Exploration

‘Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.’ -Guy Debord A few months back, I was invited to the Barbican to discuss my book Explore Everything with Will Self (seen above playing out Wanderer Above the Sea of Rubbish). As you might expect, Will ran circles around… Continue reading The Politics of Urban Exploration

From automobility to cyle-ability – a subaltern path to flourishing?

Social scientists interested in mobility, and transport geographers with more social and cultural leanings, have been writing about “automobility” for more than a decade. Automobility – the dominance of personal car use in developed, and increasingly in developing countries – is varyingly understood as a self-perpetuating regime or a socio-technical system (Schwanen, in press). It… Continue reading From automobility to cyle-ability – a subaltern path to flourishing?

Welcome to the TechNatures blog…

Technological Natures: Materialities, mobilities, politics Research in the Technological Natures research cluster is developing new understandings of society, politics and publics through examining how nominally ‘natural’ processes and events come to be articulated through the matter and meaning of collective life. Among the central questions to which we are pursuing answers include: how do the… Continue reading Welcome to the TechNatures blog…