ANU School of Sociology was well represented at the 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) annual meetings in Sydney 29 August - 1 September.
The 4S conference draws leading scholars from around to world to discuss the latest research in science and technology studies. Dr. Jenny Davis, Dr. Timothy Graham, and Dr. Baptiste Brossard organized three panels on Technological Affordances and Architectures.
The panels focused on critical questions of digital design and featured stand out research by ANU honours graduate and university medalist Jessie Liu and Head of School A/Professor Helen Keane, who presented on Naked Loan Selfies in China. This is the first English language work on the topic.
The panels also featured Deputy Head of School Dr. Gavin Smith, who presented his latest ethnographic work on involuntary tracking technologies such as insulin pumps for diabetics and ankle monitors for criminal offenders.
Dr. Ella Dilkes-Frayne presented on the Evidence-Making-Intervention panel about a collaborative project that examines online counseling.
New to the School of Sociology, Professor Celia Roberts presented on a Neursocieties panel about her work on brain-based parenting and Professor Adrian Mackenzie organized panels on Platform Practices and Predictive Seeing, where he presented his work on Graphic Processing Units (GPU).
ANU School of Sociology is establishing itself as a global leader in the study of technology in society. The School will offer a new major in this area, Networks, Technology and Society starting in 2019.