sábado, junho 10, 2006

[event] Open Knowledge, Free Society

«Open Knowledge, Free Society», 3rd ONLINE Conference - CyberSociety Observatory:
"The thematic direction of the congress was elaborated by the Scientific Committee throughout the last months. Under the title Open Knowledge, Free Society and with an editorial line of referent, the cyber-social will be situated again in the point of analysis. Undoubtedly this intends to continue the way initiated with the two previous congresses, wondering what is and how the society of knowledge is being built (or will be built). Thus, in November, we will advance another step in this progression and up date ourselves with the movements and most current unrests of cyber-society, wondering which is its nature and reflecting around the present and future of knowledge in this Era of Information. Is a free or open knowledge possible? Which are the bases of these approaches, which are their goals and which could be their consequences?"
The call for Working Groups in spanish, portuguese, and english, is open until the 30 of June. The Congress will take place online, during 2 weeks of November. Multidisciplinary teams are welcomed :-)

quarta-feira, junho 07, 2006

ANT: method

Excerto de uma conversa sobre Actor Network Theory, entre um Professor e um Aluno, na página de Bruno Latour:

"S — So why is it called a ‘theory’, then, if it says nothing about the things we study?
P — It’s a theory, and a strong one I think, but about how to study things, or rather how not to study them. Or rather how to let the actors have some room to express themselves.
S — Do you mean that other social theories don’t allow that?
P — In a way, yes, and because of their very strengths: they are good at saying positive things about what the social world is made of. In most cases that’s fine; the ingredients are known; their numbers should be kept small. But that doesn’t work when things are changing fast, and, I would add, not, for instance, in organization studies, or information studies, or marketing, or science and technology studies, where boundaries are so terribly fuzzy. New topics, that’s when you need ANT for."

Wishlist: The Social Study of Information and Communication Study, edited by C. Avgerou, C. Ciborra, and F.F. Land, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.62-76


sábado, junho 03, 2006

On Actor Network Theory (ANT)

John Law (1999), «Traduction/Trahison: Notes on ANT», published by the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YN:
"And this is why I would recommend actor-network theory. I would recommend it because it is weak. Because it is in dissolution. Because it has betrayed itself. Because it has turned itself from signal into noise. Because it no longer exists. Because it has dissolved itself into other ways of seeing, of writing, and of doing."

More in On-Line Publications by Author - Sociology at Lancaster University.