Keynotes

David Ribes

Keynote Wednesday, June 7: Time for Historicism in E-CSCW

This talk calls for long-views of collaboration, across years and decades, at the scale of careers, biographies and organizational lifetimes, even nation states and global flows. At such scales we see not just tools and systems, nor even one-off transitions across them, but repeated transformations to the means of communication, coordination and collaboration, transitions managed in part, but often overtaking us, all accomplished unevenly. Historicism also calls for wider contextualization, addressed in the terms of the times. In the field we have developed a nuanced sense of the social and cultural, and to some extent political and global settings of cooperative work and play. But historical contextualization often still eludes the field, and long-historical views remain rare. There are opportunities here, for computing is not new, and has long been generating the traces that will serve as the entry points for our inquiries, and the constitutive fields that form CSCW are also not new, with old insights to be mined once again. 

Biography

David Ribes is associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) and director of the Data Ecologies Lab (deLAB) at the University of Washington. He is a sociologist of science and technology who focuses on the development of large-scale and long-term collaborative networks in the sciences (sometimes called research infrastructures).  His current projects investigate the emerging institutions of data science at multiple scales, such as changing scientific practices, budding regional or national organizations, and novel public-private partnerships. And, he is finishing up a sociological-historical manuscript on the ecology of research infrastructures that have long supported HIV/AIDS research. His methods are ethnographic, archival-historical, and comparative. David is a regular contributor to the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).  See davidribes.com or dataecologi.es for more.

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