Three humanities tech talks at KTH Oct 23 (1-4 pm)

We are very happy that three international scholars, who are also designers, artists, engineers and ‘leaders’, will be coming to KTH on October to give humanities tech talks.

The format will be informal with about 25 minutes of presentation plus time for discussion and conversation. The talks are open. No registration needed. Limited seating. There will also be coffee/Swedish fika available (possibly even semlor)!

Address: KTH, Teknikringen 74D, level 5, main seminar room.

Engineering for an Inclusive World
Sara Hendren, Olin College of Engineering

Infrastructural Humanities

David Theo Goldberg, UC Humanities Research Institute, Patrik Svensson, UCLA and Umeå University

Mutualistic Systems Design: improving human and environmental health
Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University and the Environmental Health Clinic

Sara Hendren is based at Olin College of Engineering. She is a designer and artist as well as a disability studies researcher. Hendren combines disability studies, speculative research, and critical design, and her practice is a unique mix of engineering and the arts in pursuit of sharper questions about human capacity, worth, and interdependence. Her work includes assistive and adaptive technologies, social design projects, and mixed media collaborations that engage technology and the human body. She is also the PI for the Sketch Model initiative, which creates avenues for the arts and humanities to intersect in provocative, convivial ways with Olin College, a small undergraduate college where all students major in engineering. Hendren’s 2015 Eyeo talk is available here.

David Theo Goldberg directs the University of California-wide UC Humanities Research Institute and is the author and editor of more than 15 books on race, gender and political theory. He is a leading voice for the humanities in the world. Patrik Svensson, Umeå and UCLA, has done research on PowerPoint, institutional space and digital humanities, and was director for HUMlab at Umeå for 15 years. He is currently writing a book about infrastructure. He designs spaces, events and software.

Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University, is a world-renowned artist, engineer, and scholar who seeks to reimagine and redesign the built environment, data, energy, food, waste and distribution systems to improve human and environmental health. This work, which brings together environmental urgency and creative agency, is primarily carried out through number of live and public socio-technological-ecological experiments across the world. Jeremijenko is the founder of the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University and received the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours Award AO Officer of the Order of Australia.