cyberanthropology

My new book ‘↑Cyberanthropology‘ has been published. You absolutely are invited to order it online ↑via amazon [I have absolutely nothing against you clicking the like-button there] or ↑via Peter Hammer Verlag. Offline every decent bookshop can get it for you, too. As the book is in German, here is my description of its contents in German: In “Cyberanthropology” geht es um moderne Technik und den Menschen, um Computer und Internet, um Computerspiele, aber auch um GPS, Automobile, Roboter …     Was vor nicht allzu langer Zeit Science Fiction war, ist Lebenswirklichkeit geworden. Die vielfältigen Erscheinungsformen digitaler Elektronik und … Continue reading

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guy headroom

The screenshot above I grabbed from ‘↑A Message from Anonymous—12/16/2010‘ on YouTube. No, I won’t really comment on ↑Anonymous for now—my esteemed colleague ↑Biella Coleman already covers it nicely from an anthropological vantage point: ‘↑Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action.’ What I am driving at are the remix-æsthetics of the video, and the sources it draws on, which stem from 1980s British cyberpunk.     The ↑Guy Fawkes mask is part of Anonymous’ corporate identity from the beginning on. Of course they had the idea from a motion picture produced by the ↑Wachowski brothers of ↑Matrix-fame: ‘V for Vendetta’ … Continue reading

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cfp cyberculture

From 14th through 17th September 2011 this year’s installment of the biannual conference of the ↑German Association of Anthropologists (GAA aka DGV) will take place in Vienna, Austria. Since 2005 I organize workshops on ‘things cyber’ at the GAA conferences, this time a workshop titled ‘Cyberculture,’ in accordance with the conference’s overall theme: ‘Wa(h)re “Kultur”? Kulturelles Erbe, Revitalisierung und die Renaissance der Idee von Kultur’ (‘True/commodity “culture?” Cultural heritage, revitalization, and the renaissance of the idea of culture’). As of today the conference website isn’t up yet, only a .pdf with the ↓collected Calls for Papers. As I have invited … Continue reading

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robotopia nipponica

WAGNER, COSIMA. [in print]. Robotopia Nipponica – Recherchen zur Akzeptanz von Robotern in Japan. [Robotopia Nipponica: Research on the acceptance of robots in Japan]. Marburg: Tectum. [English abstract] WAGNER, COSIMA. 2010 “”Silver robots” and “robotic nurses”? Japanese robot culture and elderly care,” in Demographic change in Japan and the EU: Comparative perspectives. edited by Annette Schad-Seifert and Shingo Shimada, pp. 131-154. Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press. WAGNER, COSIMA. 2009a ““Tele-Altenpflege” und “Robotertherapie”: Leben mit Robotern als Vision und Realität für die überalterte Gesellschaft Japans [“Tele-care for the elderly” and “robot therapy”: Living with robots as a vision and reality for Japans … Continue reading

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african roads

Motor roads, together with their rules and conventions for using them, are quite literally cultural constructions. In this sense, the road regime in large parts of the African continent is still under construction. Road-making and road use draw from North Atlantic models but observation of the African road makes clear that beyond the surface of adaptation to the North Atlantic model lie large spaces of creative reinterpretations and modifications …     For an anthropological research project on roads, transport and traffic in Africa, we offer a position for one doctoral student (E13/2), funded initially for two years by the … Continue reading

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amateur anthropologist

… and he ↵said it again. Here’s an excerpt from a recent round of ↑Q&A with William Gibson:  Question: On more philosophical and complicated themes. You are an artist, a creator, but more: you are through your writing an influencer, a shaper of technology, of society itself. Does that scare you? Answer: I don’t actually buy that, the mighty thunderer and shaper of technology thing. I think I’m more of an interpreter of technologies, an amateur anthropologist. I’m a sort of Victorian weekend naturalist of technology, who somehow found a way to make a living doing that (and a bunch … Continue reading

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cybermind

↑MARSHALL, JONATHAN PAUL. 2007. Living on cybermind: Categories, communication, and control. New York: Peter Lang.  Cybermind is an Internet mailing list, originally founded in 1994 to discuss the issues and problems of living online. It proved exceptionally fertile and is still going strong thirteen years later.      This book is an ethnographic investigation which follows Cybermind members in their daily lives on the List, and explores the ways they look at the world, argue, relate online life to offline life, use gender, and build community. Perhaps the most comprehensive history of an Internet group ever published, it includes detailed … Continue reading

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