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Kristin Dew

Autumn 2022

Entanglement Methods: Mapping Ethical Relations and Responsibilities with a Local Community Science Program

In this DRG, we will explore concepts from “entanglement” theories (Frauenberger 2019) through readings, discussions, and contributing to a community science project. For background, Frauenberger’s Entanglement HCI explores the following four perspectives: “(a) the performative relationship between humans and technology; (b) the re-framing of knowledge generation processes around phenomena; (c) the tracing of accountabilities, responsibilities and ethical encounters; and (d) the practices of design and mattering that move beyond user-centered design” (Frauenberger, 2019).

We will discuss this and related works, applying understandings of entanglement theory to develop a design methodology for mapping entanglements through our engagement with a local community science program, Forest Health Watch (FHW). FHW collects data about declining western redcedar, a critical organism in PNW forests, vulnerable to changes in climate. Throughout the quarter, we will ask: What are the more-than-human relations being created? How is mapping happening now? Along the way we will generate visual design artifacts and key questions about values, methods, and responsibilities to explore further with FHW. We plan to finish the quarter with at least one in-person trip to collect data from the field as community scientists. 

We are looking for 3-4 dedicated undergrad or graduate students to participate in this DRG. You should expect to read at least 1 paper and prepare discussion questions before each week’s meeting in order to make the most of DRG activities. No prior experience in these areas is needed. Sessions will be held within a two-hour window on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, although we may not need to meet the entire time so there is more time to work on the readings, designs, analysis, and other aspects of the project.

The DRG will be led by PhD Candidate Michael Beach and advised by Asst. Teaching Professor Kristin Dew. If you have any questions, reach out to Michael at mwb8@uw.edu or on the HCDE Slack. 

When: up to 2-hour sessions 3-5pm on Tuesdays
Credits: 2 credits (recommended)
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Applications will be reviewed starting Friday, September 23 with a hard deadline of Monday, September 26. Decisions will be made by Tuesday, September 27, and our first meeting will be held on October 4. Meetings will be a mix of online and in-person activities with some local travel possible. 


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