Well, it’s really happening–in fact, we are officially one month into my new grad course on “Participatory Visual and Digital Methods” at UMass.  This Fall, I am team-teaching the course with Gretchen Gano of the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at the University.  Our course project is “Futurescape City Tour Springfield,” a participatory technology assessment using techniques adapted from Photovoice, sensory ethnography, and science and technology studies (STS).   We have a dynamic, interdisciplinary team of graduate students from anthropology, public policy, public health, and environmental conservation.  We are recruiting participants for a citizens’ panel of Springfield residents, and soon we will be holding the first participant meeting to begin our discussion of how new and emerging technologies may affect the urban environment and learning about the concerns and expectations Springfield’s residents.  The syllabus with readings is available here.


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