Tag: Beyond the Academy

Disability Dongle – I Shouldn’t Have Had to Write This

Liz Jackson , April 19th, 2022

Disability Dongle: A well intended elegant, yet useless solution to a problem we never knew we had. Disability Dongles are most often conceived of and created in design…


Moving Towards Disability

Gabrielle Hanley-Mott , December 2nd, 2021

December 3rd is the UN’s International Day for People with Disabilities. The theme of 2021 was “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”….


Coming Soon: The MultiRepository

Owen Kohl , October 14th, 2021

This post introduces a new collaborative project coming soon to CASTAC: an archive of online platforms that highlights how researchers have utilized different communicative modes and media in…


Through Mother’s Eyes: Subjectivity Reimagines Technology in Documentary Film

Naomi Schoenfeld , April 29th, 2021

An Interview with Filmmaker Natalia Almada and Sound Designer Dave Cerf Anthropology and Documentary Anthropology and documentary are shaped by integrating subjectivity with philosophical and ethical …


Innocent images? The ethics of sharing your children’s photos online

Caitlin Wylie , December 24th, 2019

There are collections of embarrassing childhood photos stashed in most parents’ homes. Everyone remembers an instance when those photos unexpectedly appeared in ways that were awkward or humiliating,…


Video Games, Mental Health, and the Complicated Nature of Playing

Branden Dyaus , November 19th, 2019

Young man plays Fortnite at a gaming competition CC BY-SA 4.0 He melted into the shadows, pressing the ‘E’ key on his keyboard, activating his stealth skill, allowing…


Our Governor Resigned via Facebook: #RickyRenuncia, Puerto Rico’s Summer of Protest

Patricia Alvarez Astacio , July 31st, 2019

Disponible en español aquí. On July 13th, the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center for Investigative Journalism) leaked 889 pages of a Telegram App chat between the governor of…


SciCom: The Slippery Business of STEM Promotion

Scott W Schwartz , July 9th, 2019

“One thing is certain: When something is scientifically complex, it’s harder to understand and to communicate” (sciencebranding.com). Regardless of its accuracy, this is a commonly repeated sentiment …


The Messiness of Ethnography

Leonore Phillips , July 2nd, 2019

Damien Newman created “the squiggle” to convey the messiness of the design process.(CC by 2.0)   Leaving academia forced me to think more deeply and critically about ethnography…


Computable Norms: Clinical Practice Guidelines and Digital Infrastructure

Peter Taber , October 23rd, 2018

I’m a sociocultural anthropologist by training. Until recently, my research focused on environmental issues in Ecuador. Yet, my attempt to address the gaps left by traditional anthropological ap…


Heredity, Genealogy, and Popular Knowledge: An Interview with Carl Zimmer

davidgerstle , August 7th, 2018

For three decades, Carl Zimmer has researched and written on both professional and popular understandings of science and technology for readers of Discover and The New York Times,…


Modern Lives and Stone Age Minds: The Ambiguous Rhetoric of Evolutionary Mismatch

davidgerstle , July 10th, 2018

Over the last three decades, popular science authors have used evolutionary mismatch theory to shed light on a vast number of modern social problems, pointing to differences between…