14 January - Gemma John (AECOM)
Designing Workspaces: Corporate Anthropology at AECOM
Gemma John completed her PhD at St Andrews in 2009. Her doctoral work focused on the reception, implementation, and use of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. She has since held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and more recently at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Manchester. She completed a diploma in interior design at the Interior Design School in 2014. She now works for AECOM as a research and strategy consultant within Strategy+.
28 January - Elizabeth Franz (Open Society Foundation)
Beyond the ivory tower: reflections on ethnography and advocacy in the field of migration
Elizabeth Frantz is the program officer for Asia and the Middle East for the Open Society Foundations’ International Migration Initiative. Her role is to design and manage a portfolio of grants aiming to improve the situation of low-wage migrant workers employed in Asia and the Arab region. In that capacity, she funds research, convenes meetings of stakeholders, engages in advocacy work and provides grants and technical assistance to support the work of civil society organisations. Elizabeth completed a doctorate in anthropology in 2011 at the London School of Economics. Her PhD thesis examined labour migration from South Asia to the Arab region through a focus on Sri Lankan domestic workers in Jordan. Before joining the International Migration Initiative, Elizabeth worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations' Arab Regional Office in Jordan. She has also worked as a researcher on issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers at the American University in Cairo’s Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program in Egypt. She has carried out research in Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.
11 March - Lucia Laurent-Neva (Founder & Director Visual Signo & Co-Founder Semiofest)
Anthropology & Commercial Practice
Lucia is a designer and anthropologist
specialising in design semiotics and
material culture. She has extensive experience in the development of tools
for cultural analysis and design innovation through the application of
design theoretical principles, anthropological and semiotic thinking. She is
skilled in strategy, product & brand innovation and creative development.
Lucia has over 15 years of experience working for commercial and
non-commercial clients around the globe. She is the founder of Visual Signo,
UK and Co-Founder of Semiofest (A Celebration of Semiotic Thinking).
Organisers: Hannah Knox firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Kaplan, CEO Fing (the Next-Generation Internet Foundation), member of France's National Digital Council
Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for Societal Issues DG CONNECT European Commission
Hyperconnectivity: policy-making confronted to post-modernity!
Jenny Winfield (IDEO)
Leisa Reichelt, Head of User Research at the Government Digital Service (GDS)
User Centred Government
Organisers: Stefana Broadbent
In the Spring Vocational Talks series, anthropologists working in industry talk about their work. Exploring the relevance of anthropological ideas, the talks are generally informal and conversational in nature, looking at how, why and where people do anthropological work, the benefits and the problems.
Wednesdays 6pm in the Daryll Forde Seminar Room (unless otherwise stated)
27th February - Anthropology and Design at Intel
David Prendergast, Chiara Garratini
6th March - Anthropology at Canonical
13th March - Anthropological Consultancy
Simon Roberts, ReD Associates
20th March - Social Design Roundtable
7pm Daryll Forde Seminar Room
Please make a note in your diary to come along and meet the speakers.
21st November - "Filmic experiments between art, ritual and ethnography"
The first Anthropology in the Professional World event this term is a screening by an Aboriginal film collective from Australia, followed by a discussion.
5th December - "Zuckerberg on a Matatu: understanding local context to revolutionise the startup world"
Franco Papeschi (World Wide Web Foundation)
Mobile Innovation Labs in Africa. Currently active in
Kenya, Ghana, Senegal - the labs aspire to be community catalysts, training
centres and incubation hotspots for transforming ideas into start-ups able to
generate useful, sustainable services to local communities.
18th January - "Global Design Research: Local Fieldwork, Global Insights"
Geke van Dijk,
Baas Raijmakers from STBY in London and Josephine Wong and Daniel Szuc from Apogee in Hong Kong
this presentation some of the partners in the Reach network (a
network of user research companies in Europe, India, China and Japan) help organisations to develop
global insights from connected local studies. Together they explore
people's practices and preferences, to identify new opportunities for
service innovation. The talk will be given jointly by Geeke and Baas who
are based in Europe and Josephine and Szuc who are based in Hong Kong.
25th January - "Mobile technology, innovation and entrepreneurship: A view from the grassroots"
Banks from Kiwanja.net and Frontline SMS
In his talk, Ken will discuss the impact of mobile technology in developing world - with an emphasis on the African continent - and how local entrepreneurs are finding new and innovative ways of exploiting this rapidly advancing technology. It will also discuss how this empowers grassroots NGOs, provide the history and background to the FrontlineSMS text messaging platform, and highlight some of the challenges in developing usable, human-centred mobile tools which work in resource-constrained environments".
22nd February - "Doing semiotics"
Sam Barton from Added Value Cultural
In the eighties a number of marketers started trying to apply semiotics and structuralism to the commercial world. Whats at stake for the commercial and academic worlds when they come together like this?
CANCELLED 29th February - "Zuckerberg on a Matatu: understanding local context to revolutionise the startup world"
Franco Papeschi and Aman Grewal from World Wide Web Foundation
Innovation Labs in Africa. Currently active in Kenya, Ghana, Senegal - the labs
aspire to be community catalysts, training centres and incubation hotspots for
transforming ideas into start-ups able to generate useful, sustainable services
to local communities.
21st March - "Tales of entanglement from Microsoft"
Richard Banks and Alex Taylor from Microsoft Research in Cambridge
As part of a social science-led group in Microsoft Research, we've spent a lot of time thinking about the relations between design, social life and technology. Predictably, we've been concerned with technological innovation. However, using perspectives from both design and sociology, we've also pondered on the seemingly endless entanglements between the social and technological. In this talk we'll discuss examples of our work and offer a flavour of applying these perspectives in a corporation like Microsoft.
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