From software hackers to pajama factories: historical ethnographies of participation/political theories of technology
This talk will present several cases of ethnographic investigation and political theorizing related to the problem of participation, specifically participation mediated or enabled by new social and mobile media, the Internet and software creation.
Over the last several hundred years, human activity has impacted the planet in a such a dramatic and unprecedented way that many have taken to argue for the emergence of a new historical era, the Anthropocene. While this has led to a host of renewed approaches to climate change, this discourse is still largely centered around scientists, engineers, and and economists working in Western universities.
Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen’s research interests include innovation studies, urban and economic geography. Her newly-published book, “Shrinking Cities: Understanding Shrinkage and Decline in the United States” offers a contemporary look at patterns of shrinkage and decline in the United States. The book juxtaposes the complex and numerous processes that contribute to these patterns with broader policy frameworks. Her current research is on the evolution of biofuel innovation and production in the United States. Dr.
Through the aqueduct and the courts: Water scarcity and access in Northwestern Mexico
This presentation examines the relationship between the universal right to water and indigenous water rights as articulated in the legal strategies of indigenous Yaqui (Yoemem) activists in Mexico, and in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American human rights system. Accelerated urban growth and the already tangible effects of climate change in the area of study are rekindling historical water conflicts between rural indigenous communities and state authorities encouraging urban development.
To foster an effective learning environment a human centered design framework must be employed in order to address the fundamental needs for primary school design in Haiti. Careful consideration must be given to local climate, building materials, ecological conditions, and hurricane and earthquake criteria. Comprehensive discovery of human factors such as tropical climate in a school setting, geography and unique local culture are key first steps in developing a design that will hopefully have a more dramatic improvement in the future.