Organizers

Robert Soden is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Computer Science at Columbia University working in the areas of crisis informatics, human-centered computing (HCC), and science and technology studies (STS). His research examines the ways that the technologies that inform our understanding of environmental challenges shape societal responses to disasters and climate change.

David Ribes is associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) and director of the Data Ecologies Lab (deLAB) at the University of Washington. He is a sociologist of science and technology who focuses on the development and sustainability of research infrastructures (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of interdisciplinary science); their relation to long-term changes in the conduct of science; and, historical transformations in objects of research.

Maggie Jack is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University where she researches the creative use of digital tools in post-colonial and post-conflict settings. Her dissertation, Infrastructural Restitution: The Action, Form, and Geopolitics of Cambodian Postwar Media Reconstruction, charts the critical role of media and its technologies in the historical political landscape of Cambodia and in commemoration and healing from the trauma of its conflicts in contemporary Cambodia.

Will Sutherland is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. He uses historical and ethnographic methods to investigate infrastructure in collaborative science, particularly the development and maintenance of software tools and the broader emergence of computational methods.

Vera Khovanskaya is a graduate student in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. Vera studies how social implications are built into technology through technical decision-making, and develops methods to identify and alter underlying values in technology through critical technical practice. The current focus is studying the design and implementation of new metrics for evaluating the outputs of work in relationship to organized labor, specifically in the context of workplace rationalization projects taken up by the engineering department of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in the 1940-50s.

Seyram Avle is Assistant Professor of Global Digital Media at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she studies the situated practices and discourses of digital technology culture and innovation in the global south. This includes examining the various ways that digital technologies are designed, produced, used, and distributed transnationally in the global south, and taking a critical approach towards unpacking the socio-economic and political implications of changing techno-cultures.

Phoebe Sengers is an Associate Professor in Information Science and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell. Her group integrates ethnography, history, and design to explore rural, working-class, and Global South experiences of technologies; trace emerging entanglements between people and data; and speculate about alternative pasts and futures. Her current primary project is a design history and ethnography of the long-term impact of rural infrastructure.

Susanne Bødker is Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University in Denmark. She co-manages the interdisciplinary Center for Participatory IT, and heads the ERC project on Common Interactive Objects. She does participatory design, computer supported collaborative work and activity theory. Susanne has a strong interest in revisiting the history of HCI and CSCW, and she reactivates historic research in her current project. Her work on the waves of HCI, addressing in particular theory generations in HCI is well-known to many.