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TransPositions Summer School 2017

04/09/17

ZEIST, August 21st – August 25th – At the end of August, Andrea and Rachel had the privilege of attending TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagements, Skilled Expertise, in Zeist, the Netherlands.

 

This edition of the TransPositions Summer School focused on material culture and the senses. Building on scholarship that centers materials, the organisers of the five day workshop invited participants to contribute to critical interdisciplinary discussions, moving beyond the questions “Why materials?“ or “Why things?“ and exploring how we can become more perceptive to materials and sensible objects. This area of inquiry was both timely and relevant as relates to the ethnographic fieldwork for the Making Clinical Sense project and our team’s investigations into the implications of material technologies in novice physicians’ acquisition of the skills of physical examination.

 

Hosted by Utrecht University’s ARTECHNE project, the summer school hosted four distinguished keynote speakers; Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge Universuty), Lambros Malafouris (Oxford University), Rachel Prentice (Cornell University), and Shigehisa Kuriyama (Harvard University).

 

The research of Rachel Prentice – a member of Making Clinical Senses’ external advisory committee – has been a vital resource to both Andrea and Rachel in their initial explorations within this project, overlapping both thematically (that is, medical education and the use of pedagogical technologies) and as regards the theoretical focuses of embodiment and skill acquisition. To have the opportunity to meet and directly learn from Prentice in the intimate and collaborative environment of a summer school was an invaluable learning experience for Rachel and Andrea, and they enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to discuss her contemporary work and to think about ways in which I might further employ her expertise within their research.

 

Over the course of the week, the keynote presentations and text-based discussions revolved around sensory experience, past material culture, bodily practices and techniques, and the sensual and performative aspects of material culture. Beyond this, the summer school had many hands-on workshops including, for instance, ‘historical ink making’ and ‘up-cycling,’ where participants were given the opportunity to actively engage with the material of our inquiry.

 

Many thanks to the organisers for an inspiring, thought provoking, and fun end to the summer.

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Event

Introduction to perfumery

by Rachel Allison
May 17, 2019
Inspiration

Practicing music skills

by Carla Greubel
May 16, 2019
Inspiration

Lost in translation, and in space

by John Nott
March 27, 2019
Event

Time for tinkering

by Anna Harris
February 21, 2019
Event

How smart is “smart” technology?

by Andrea Wojcik
January 11, 2019
Materials

Tools of the teaching trade

by Sally Wyatt
January 10, 2019
Materials

Christmas yarn

by Anna Harris
December 24, 2018
Multimedia

Cooking classes

by Anna Harris
November 26, 2018
Inspiration

Barefeet

by Anna Harris
October 21, 2018
Inspiration

Letterheads

by Anna Harris
September 26, 2018
Inspiration

Postcards

by Anna Harris
September 16, 2018
Materials

Wax museum

by Rachel Allison
August 6, 2018
Publication

Expressive instructions

by Anna Harris
July 31, 2018
Inspiration

Writing resources

by Rachel Allison
July 23, 2018
Event

Meaning and beauty

by Rachel Allison
July 20, 2018
Conference

Correspondence

by Anna Harris
July 16, 2018
Materials

The allure of the archives

by John Nott
June 28, 2018
Event

Methods workshop at UDS

by Andrea Wojcik
May 23, 2018
Event

Probes

by Anna Harris
May 16, 2018
Article

Tricks

by Anna Harris
April 27, 2018
Writing workshop

Beyond the elevator

by Anna Harris
April 6, 2018
Conference

Simulating touch

by Anna Harris
March 27, 2018
Conference

Dancing, moving, unsettling

by Anna Harris
March 9, 2018
Event

Skillshare Writing Workshop

by Rachel Allison
February 25, 2018
Conference

STS in/on Africa

by John Nott
February 19, 2018
Article

A month together

February 8, 2018
Event

Comparison as method

by Anna Harris
February 6, 2018
Publication

Working with bias

by Anna Harris
January 19, 2018
Inspiration

Holiday reading

by Anna Harris
January 3, 2018
Materials

Modelling movement in medical education

by Andrea Wojcik
December 13, 2017
Conference

Embroider meet surgeon

by Anna Harris
October 30, 2017
Event

Sensing with medical students

by Anna Harris
October 9, 2017
Materials

Pagers

by Anna Harris
September 13, 2017

We are hiring!

September 5, 2017
Event

TransPositions Summer School 2017

September 4, 2017
Conference

Ethnographic Experimentation #Colleex

by Rachel Allison
August 7, 2017
Event

Making an omelette

by Sally Wyatt
July 21, 2017
Materials

Tuning forks and electronics

by Sally Wyatt
May 12, 2017
Event

Drawing Instruments

by Rachel Allison
March 20, 2017
Article

Experimenting with collaborative sensory ethnography

by Andrea Wojcik
March 16, 2017
Conference

A sensory training workshop

by Anna Harris
August 29, 2016
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