Digital Humanism Workshop

Strategies for a Humanistic Digital Future Third Workshop on Digital Humanism 19-20 November 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CET. (online only) The Digital Humanism initiative was launched during a workshop on Digital Humanism in Vienna in April 2019. The first workshop brought together academics from different disciplines, such as political science, law, sociology, history, anthropology, philosophy, […]

Gala van de Wetenschap

The annual Dutch celebration of research focuses on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. It will be held in a corona-safe location in Amsterdam on 26 November, and live-streamed. I am honoured to have been invited to be one of the speakers, alongside colleagues Rianne Letschert and Katleen Gabriels from Maastricht University, plus many more. More […]

Poetry during lockdown

During the height of the lockdown in early 2020, students and colleagues at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences produced a booklet of poetry and images. This beautifully captures a particular moment, as we all came to terms with the new situation. It was also a way of keeping in contact with one another […]

Sending postcards

While some colleagues were doing fieldwork for the Making Clinical Sense project, we wrote postcards to each other. They documented observations, ideas, dilemmas, puzzles, and everyday happenings. Of course they are short, capturing moments of observation or questions or a short greeting. But as we have learned in our project, from studying how doctors learn […]

BA Digital Society

Over the past few years, together with many colleagues, I have been setting up a BA Digital Society at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. It is an interdisciplinary programme. Our graduates will work at the interface of society and digitalisation. I wrote a short article about our aims for the […]

Digital hopes and fears in times of pandemic

Earlier this year, the corona virus started to take its toll around the world. It affects people’s health and daily lives, and healthcare systems. The economic well-being of individuals, companies, sectors and countries are threatened. This short article draws on input provided by early career researchers involved in the Digital Society Programme (that involves all […]

Health, Technology & Society: “Greatest Hits”

Together with Andrew Webster  (University of York, England), I have edited a book. It is both a celebration of the Health, Technology and Society series (published by Palgrave Macmillan) that we have jointly edited since 2006. In this compilation, we aim to capture examples of the excellent scholarship that the series produced and to reflect […]

Designing spaces for teaching and learning

On 22 October 2019, Anna Harris (Maastricht), Shanti Sumartojo (Monash) and I organised a workshop in Maastricht about how to design teaching and learning spaces, using tools from sensory and design ethnography. About 30 colleagues attended, and you can read more about it on the blog we prepared for the Teaching and Learning blog of […]

Lectures & other presentations in 2020

One of the best things about my work is the opportunity to meet interesting people in interesting places, to share ideas and learn from them. That came to an abrupt halt in March 2020. Below is a list of the events from the early part of the year, and we’ll all have to wait to […]

Videos – life in STS and lecture about data

In September 2019, while attending the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Sydney, Australia, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Joseph Klett, Science History Institute, Philadelphia, for an oral history project about the development of science and technology studies (STS). He had some great questions, including: When did you first […]