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May 31, 2012

PhD Defense Douglas Rushkoff

We are proud to announce that Douglas Rushkoff will defend his PhD dissertation on June 25. Below you can find the description of his thesis, titled Monopoly moneys: the media environment of corporatism and the player's way out, from the Utrecht University website:
By analysing corporatism through the lens of media ecology, Douglas Rushkoff shows how an invented set of rules became - like any totalising media environment - indistinguishable from nature. He concludes that while the corporatist rule set may have become the default operating system of our economy, it is not necessarily closed to intervention. 
While a closed economic operating system may have been consonant with the closed, top-down media of the print and broadcast eras, as Rushkoff argues, interactive technology does offer new avenues for resistance and redesign. This “playability,” as he describes it, might yet return to economic systems in the form of digital innovations such as peer to peer exchange, decentralised value creation, and even new alternative currencies. This playability would be a positive development for the way it would allow for human intervention in a mechanism that has disproportional influence over our society.
When: June 25, 16:15
Where: Academiegebouw – Domplein 29, Utrecht

Rushkoff's PhD defense takes place during the Citizen Science On The Move Conference.

May 11, 2012

The Citizen Scientist on the Move: Digital Play, Politics and Epistemology Conference

The website is up for our upcoming conference The Citizen Scientist on the Move: Digital Play, Politics and Epistemology! The conference takes place June 25-27, with a two day invitation-only academic conference at Utrecht University (you can nevertheless inquire if we still have room for more participants), and an open workshop day at Waag's Theatrum Anatomicum in Amsterdam. The conference is the result of our GATE-funded Knowledge Transfer Project in cooperation with 7scenes and Waag Society, and promises to be very interesting!

About the conference:
With the advent of digital and mobile technologies scientific knowledge production has changed profoundly. As interactive, affordable, networked and ubiquitous technologies they invite people to engage with, alter and probe scientific ‘facts’. Play is essential to think about this new kind of engagement with science. It offers citizens powerful ways to become involved with and knowledgeable about scientific practices and offers subversive and exciting possibilities to actively contribute to and transform them. During this conference we therefore want to look at current citizen science developments through the lens of play. We will explore how the playful potential of digital media and cultures strengthen citizen’s scientific engagement and knowledge about their environment; and how the relationship between professional and laymen knowledge production is shifting through the ludic use of digital technologies. 
For the full conference text, go here. Over the coming weeks, the full program as well as the list of speakers will be added to the conference site.

For registration and other information, please visit the conference website.