Public lectures and presentations in 2021

Upcoming April 12 – Touching Data. “Touch me with your naked hand, touch me with your glove”. ART/DATA/HEALTH Seminar Series. Follow the link to register, and check out the other seminars. The first one is on 30 March, and the last on 20 April. April 13 – (Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism. I […]

New publication about metaphors of the internet

Astrid Mager and Christian Katzenbach have jointly edited a special issue of New Media & Society, called: “We Are on a Mission”. Exploring Future Imaginaries in the Making and Governing of Digital Technology. I have contributed a short article in which I re-visit some of the early and recurring metaphors used to capture the internet […]

Kathleen Gregory to defend her PhD

At 16:00 (CET) on 2 March 2021, Kathleen Gregory will defend her PhD at Maastricht University. The title is Findable and reusable? Data discovery practices in research. The defence will be online, and can be followed from the comfort of your home here. The digital version of the thesis held by Maastricht University library is […]

Interview with Claudia Egher about writing

Before corona, I met with one of my (completed) PhD students, Claudia Egher. We met at my home (I said it was before corona), and she interviewed me about my writing process. We had a lovely conversation, on a topic that we do not talk about enough in academia. Claudia transcribed the interview and it […]

Finding your way in STS

This could certainly be seen as old news, but I only recently discovered that there are videos of the whole event. In 2017, Wiebe Bijker retired from Maastricht University, after a long and distinguished career. This could not go unmarked. Wiebe gave a farewell lecture, called “Constructing Worlds: Reflections on Science, Technology and Democracy (and […]

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 […]

Anna Bon – PhD defense

Anna Bon defended her PhD called Intervention or Collaboration? Redesigning Information and Communication Technologies for Development on 15 December 2020. It was a hybrid event, both online and live in the aula at Maastricht University. Together with Hans Akkermans (VU), I had the pleasure of supervising Anna’s work. A full copy of the final book […]

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, […]

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 […]