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CALL FOR PAPERS: MARGINS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, JOURNAL DES ANTHROPOLOGUES

CALL FOR PAPERS: MARGINS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, JOURNAL DES ANTHROPOLOGUES | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Social, political, cultural and economic challenges raised by digital technologies are often studied from the perspective of the educated urban populations who live in North America and Western Europe. Hence, these tools are attributed great powers. Their capacity to accelerate interactions and to reduce space-time distance is believed to impact deeply the ways we think and live. The kind of relations and simultaneous presence they foster have led us to reconsider communities, institutions and spaces using other models than those of discrete groups structured by territoriality. Moreover, it is generally considered that these technologies have reshaped the political economy of public speech in our societies, since they offer individuals or groups condemned to a form of social invisibility means to express themselves in the public space.

 

This call for papers asks for a shift of perspective by questioning the challenges raised by digital technologies from the “margins”. Contributors will be asked to focus on the ways they impact people’s lives outside of Western Europe and North America, as well as in spaces constructed as marginal. What shapes does the digital economy take within these spaces, through formal and informal channels? How do individuals appropriate the many existing technological devices generated by digital technologies? What are the new hierarchies and inequalities created by the (lack of) dissemination of these new tools?

 

Contributors will also focus on the ways minoritized groups are using digital tools for social, political, cultural or economic intervention. They should adopt a critical perspective by paying attention both to the limits and the ambiguities of the ways marginalized actors use these tools. While, digital tools have been used to promote emancipation, they can also lead to new forms of domination and enslavement.

 

Finally, this call for papers aims to promote a theoretical discussion about the notion of margins itself. How can we construct a robust notion of margins (be they spatial, political, cultural, or economic) in a world shaped by codes, algorithms, flux and networks, where the notions of distance, proximity, subject and object have to be re-examined?

 

Conducted by an interdisciplinary team, this call for papers is aimed at social scientists as well as digital practitioners (artists, programmers, hackers, etc…). This deliberately open call should allow for robust discussion with other research methodologies, social or artistic points of view.


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Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity

Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Visual communication skills are alien to some in the research industry, but they needn’t be. Data visualisation can become part of the research process through smart hiring, skills training and expert partnerships.

 

Data visualisation should not be regarded as an end in itself; the real point to data visualisation - the value that it brings to research buyers and suppliers - is as an aid to storytelling. It’s about seeing the patterns in the data that flush out a story and then help you to start telling that story. Only by doing that can you move data off the spreadsheet and out into the real world of consumer behaviour and preferences.

The best analogy and the one used frequently, is with journalism. It’s no surprise either that many great examples of data visualisation come from the publishing and media sectors. Journalists face the same challenge that we do of sifting large amounts of often conflicting data to arrive at a truth or an insight...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:23 PM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

Scott Turner's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:31 AM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

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30 Incredibly Useful Tools & Resources for eLearning Professionals

30 Incredibly Useful Tools & Resources for eLearning Professionals | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
Discover 30 useful (and free) eLearning tools and resources that can make your life easier!

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Holly Dilatush's comment, June 7, 2013 12:31 PM
Thanks for sharing this and so many other worthwhile links, Patty
Hollie Lancarte's curator insight, June 7, 2013 3:18 PM

Just some good free stuff to checkout.

Roberto Ibán Ramírez Avila's curator insight, June 18, 2013 2:09 PM

Al revisar este artículo, me topé con la sorpresa y novedad que de las treinta herramienats mencioandas, de ellas pude descargar un manual sobre elearning que me va a servir para orientar con mayor precisión y eficiencia el proceso de diseño instruccional para la creación de cursos mixtos o en línea.

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17 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using (and Why)

17 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using (and Why) | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
Everywhere you look there is social media. It seems that every week there is a new social site launched. To make matters worse, for every social site launched, there seems to be two or more services created to measure, track and monitor that service.

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