New Food Frontiers Symposium

Why do foods differ across space? What are the trajectories of food cultures? How are ethics, sustainability and quality articulated through what we grow and what we eat? On the 23rd of May 2014, researchers from several departments of the university came together at Linacre College to explore these, and other, questions concerning food, drink… Continue reading New Food Frontiers Symposium

Geo-urban attunements: Reykjavík, convection, genius loci

During a day last April, I spent my time walking around Vesturbær (a residential area of central Reykjavík), with a small HD video-camera attached to my shoe. As my feet hit the pavement my rhythm and pace varied. My posture altered without conscious thought. Frictions were in flux. The night before it had snowed but snow and… Continue reading Geo-urban attunements: Reykjavík, convection, genius loci

The micropolitical ecology of environmental health and organic food in Islamabad

Occasionally this blog will feature updates on, and summaries of, work currently being completed by research cluster members. Below is an update from Saher Hasnain. “My current research uses an ethnographically informed focus on environmental health in urban food environments (from a consumer perspective). I’m particularly interested in how place and people-specific consumer practices emerge… Continue reading The micropolitical ecology of environmental health and organic food in Islamabad

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