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New collection: Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice

Check out the collection Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice, co-edited by CIM member Maria Puig de la Bellacasa with colleagues Dimitris Papadopoulos and Natasha Myers, and published with Duke University Press, 2022

The contributors to Reactivating Elements examine chemicals as they mix with soil, air, water, and fire to shape Earth's troubled ecologies today. They invoke the elements with all their ambivalences as chemical categories, material substances, social forms, forces and energies, cosmological entities, and epistemic objects. Engaging with the nonlinear historical significance of elemental thought across fields—chemistry, the biosciences, engineering, physics, science and technology studies, the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and cultural studies—the contributors examine the relationship between chemistry and ecology, probe the logics that render wind as energy, excavate affective histories of ubiquitous substances such as plastics and radioactive elements, and chart the damage wrought by petrochemical industrialization. Throughout, the volume illuminates how elements become entangled with power and control, coloniality, racism, and extractive productivism while exploring alternative paths to environmental destruction. In so doing, it rethinks the relationship between the elements and the elemental, human and more-than-human worlds, today’s damaged ecosystems and other ecologies to come

Fri 29 Apr 2022, 17:28 | Tags: front-page-1

Racial Attention Deficit

Racial minorities bring novel perspectives to the organizations in which they work. But what if White Americans are not paying attention to their Black colleagues? In an experiment involving more than 2,500 White working-age Americans, we show that Whites are less likely to follow the choices and learn from their Black peers. We further propose and test several measures to mitigate this racial attention deficit.

Mon 20 Sep 2021, 15:54 | Tags: David Stark, front-page-1

Research Assistant in Deep Learning image interpretation



The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick is looking for a Research Assistant to support researchers investigating the relation between human perception of urban spaces and attributes extracted from street view images (i.e. from Google Street View)

The role holder will implement a deep learning image interpretation model based on existing Python libraries and models. You will also help developing an interface for online human assessment of the images. The role will enable its holder to interact with experienced researchers in the fields of psychology, architecture and urban science, thus contributing to the development of collaboration skills and an interdisciplinary profile.

This role is a six-month 20% FTE position with flexible working hours and location.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop Python code for image object detection and segmentation based on existing libraries and deep learning image interpretation models
  • Help establishing an online survey for the human assessment of street view images

Skills and experience

The role holder should have very good Python coding skills

  • A solid conceptual understanding of deep neural networks.
  • Data management skills are essential
  • Interest in urban science and experience in image processing are desirable.


  • A mixture of remote working and campus based work

Additional information

Start Date: 6th September for 6 months
Interview Date: 31st August
Advert Closure: 25th August

Link to apply: Unitemps - Research Assistant in Deep Learning Image Interpretation

Thu 05 Aug 2021, 10:31 | Tags: front-page-1

Exploring COVID-19 App Ecologies: An Introduction to Multi-Situated App Studies

As part of ongoing research into COVID-19 App Store and Dataflows Ecologies, CIM researchers Michael Dieter and Nate Tkacz will deliver a talk and workshop for SummerPIT 2020 with the University of Aarhus.

As an introduction to methods for studying the design of apps and overview of ongoing critical research into apps developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIM researchers Michael Dieter and Nate Tkacz will deliver a talk and workshop as part the forthcoming Participatory Information Technology Centre (PIT) Summer School organized at the University of Aarhus.

The PIT Centre extends the Scandinavian participatory design tradition, which has historically focused on involving people in the introduction of technology to their workplaces. However, during the recent decades, information technology has become an integrated element of almost all parts of people’s everyday lives, including leisure, civic activity, art, and culture, thereby establishing new forms of participation and social practices. The pervasiveness of information technology in human life poses new challenges for the way participation occurs, is supported, and understood.

Accordingly, PIT poses the fundamental question of what participation currently means, and how it may be supported by IT, today and in the future.

Taking place on August 17-18 in a virtual setting, SummerPIT 2020 will bring together international researchers from across PIT-related research areas, local researchers, and PhD students to reflect on and discuss software-based and participatory responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Online registration here:

Fri 10 Jul 2020, 13:42 | Tags: front-page-1

New ESRC-Funded CIM Project on COVID-19 Apps

We are pleased to announce a new CIM project investigating the emerging ecology of COVID-19 apps using digital methods research. Funded by a COVID-19 rapid response grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the project will consider not only widely discussed issues around apps for digital contact tracing, but the wider ecologies of apps around the world that have been developed to manage and intervene in the crisis:
COVID-19 App Store and Data Flow Ecologies will run for 6 months and involves a European team of investigators and researchers attached to the Apps Studies Initiative:
Mon 22 Jun 2020, 12:28 | Tags: front-page-1

Open Research: Risks and Opportunities?

A discussion about the hopes and challenges for Open Knowledge with Sarah de Rijcke and Ludo Waltman, co-authors of the Leiden Manifesto, and University of Warwick scientists and scholars from across the Faculties.

Audio recording available here

Recorded on February 5 2020


What could be the role of scholars and scientists in exploring and nurturing the partly unknown futures of “open research”? Openness is today promoted and implemented across diverse knowledge spheres as a transformative ideal, from academic publishing to research evaluation and engaged approaches in humanities scholarship. It should therefore not surprise us that understandings of what is at stake in the advancement of open research diverge widely, between the sciences and humanities, fundamental and applied research, and between different types of knowledge organisations (academic departments, research libraries, scientific journals). But"open research” may also enable new, still under-explored, connections that cut across these boundaries, as it invites experimentation with data tools, archival materials, publishing formats and citizen engagement.


This round table generated a wide-ranging discussion about the varied opportunities and risks of “open science” with two influential scholars and advocates of open research, prof Sarah de Rijcke and prof Ludo Waltman of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (University of Leiden), both authors of The Leiden Manifesto. Profs De Rijcke and Waltman will enter into conversation with leading Warwick scientists and scholars from different faculties: prof Robin Ball (Physics), Robin Green and Yvonne Budden (Warwick Library) and prof Sarah Richardson(History). Prof Noortje Marres (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) will act as moderator of the discussion.

This discussion was recorded on 5 February 2020, during a Round table event hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick

Fri 05 Jun 2020, 14:41 | Tags: front-page-1

CIM is hiring! Applications are invited for a Assistant Professor.

Assistant Professor (102864-0320)

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick is looking to appoint a permanent Assistant Professor with a record of internationally recognised research, and a strong track record in the design and delivery of teaching. We are interested in applications from scholars positioned anywhere on the interdisciplinary spectrum, ranging from arts and humanities, to social sciences, computer science, information, environmental and natural sciences.

Please find more information here

Application deadline: 5 April 2020

If you have any queries, please email prof. Noortje Marres (CIM Director) at

Mon 16 Mar 2020, 15:22 | Tags: front-page-1

Upcoming talk - Dieter, "Recounting Media Art and Net Criticism Mailinglists (1995-2019)" (DSI Lancaster)

CIM researcher Michael Dieter will co-present a keynote with David Gauthier titled 'Recounting Media Art and Net Criticism Mailinglists (1995-2019)' at the Data Science Institute, Lancaster University on 19th March as part of the Data Visualisation Workshop for Critical Computational Discourse. The presentation will draw primarily from material on computational methods and media art mailinglists recently published in the journal Internet Histories -

For more information and to register, see:

Wed 04 Mar 2020, 09:41 | Tags: front-page-1

Co‐existence or displacement: Do street trials of intelligent vehicles test society?

This paper examines recent street tests of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the UK and makes the case for an experimental approach in the sociology of intelligent technology. In recent years intelligent vehicle testing has moved from the laboratory to the street, raising the question of whether technology trials equally constitute tests of society. To adequately address this question, I argue, we need to move beyond analytic frameworks developed in 1990s Science and Technology Studies, which stipulated “a social deficit” of both intelligent technology and technology testing. This diagnosis no longer provides an effective starting point for sociological analysis, as real‐world tests of intelligent technology explicitly seek to bring social phenomena within the remit of technology testing. I propose that we examine instead whether and how the introduction of intelligent vehicles into the street involves the qualification and re‐qualification of relations and dynamics between social actors. I develop this proposal through a discussion of a field study of AV street trials in three cities in the UK—London, Milton Keynes, and Coventry. These urban trials were accompanied by the claim that automotive testing on the open road will enable cars to operate in tune with the social environment, and I show how iterations of street testing undo this proposition and compel its reformulation. Current test designs are limited by their narrow conception of sociality in terms of interaction between cars and other road users. They exclude from consideration the relational capacities of vehicles and human road users alike—their ability to co‐exist on the open road. I conclude by making the case for methodological innovation in social studies of intelligent technology: by combining social research and design methods, we can re‐purpose real‐world test environments in order to elucidate social issues and dynamics raised by intelligent vehicles in society by experimental means, and, possibly, test society.

Fri 17 Jan 2020, 13:39 | Tags: front-page-1

New paper by Nerea Calvillo: “Digital Visualizations for Thinking with the Environment”

Link to paper:

As part of the collectively edited volume digitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies (Princeton University Press and Open Access), Calvillo’s contribution draws on the air pollution visualisation project In the Air to suggest the production of visualizations as an STS, material, feminist research method, particularly suited to examine the invisible materiality of environmental agents and to think with the environment. Considering air pollution and pollen visualisations as affective airscapes, the chapter reflects on their interfering capacity in re-thinking environmental justice and multispecies urban relations.

Fri 08 Nov 2019, 11:36 | Tags: front-page-1

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