Critical Pedagogy as tool for data literacy

Here, I suggest that we (anti-big-data-scholars) should stop simply rejecting the concept of data. Instead, we should use our long training in pedagogy and teaching and our knowledge of interpretive and inductive/emergent methods of analysis to create better literacies about what data can mean.

The Skagen Conference: we meet again in 2017/8

During the 2017/18 Skagen Conference, participants spend intensive time interrogating and developing innovative methods for studying contemporary social conditions. Open to PhD students and early professionals from diverse disciplines.

Imaging Future Making and MoRM

MoRM lives within the larger umbrella (or cloud?) of Future Making. Here’s a possible way of visualizing this larger effort.

Speculative Fiction and Internet of Things: A workshop/experiment

This is the first of a series of methodology experiments to explore how certain questions or provocative statements elicit critical analysis around the socio-technical characteristics or impact of so-called “Internet of Things.”

a short riff on turning processes into products

In this post, Dr. Margie Borschke riffs on the question of “Can you turn your process into product?”, a question she uses to provoke journalism students to extend their imagination about what counts.


This network of researchers brings together people from industry and academia to explore how we’re building possible futures through our everyday activities of talking, researching, curating, writing, and teaching. These ‘methods’ we use to make sense of our world also shape our future, for ill or good. How can we intervene in this process, to build more sustainable, ethically sensible futures? What do we want to become? Projects and meetings within this network strive to connect practices of inquiry with larger social structures of knowledge and action.


Future Making explores creative and transgressive approaches to thinking about scientific and humanistic inquiry practices. We believe that pushing against established disciplinary, methodological, and epistemological boundaries is essential to building robust attitudes and practices within cultures that are ever more impacted by digital media, global networks of connectivity, and technological mediation.


This inter and multi-disciplinary research group is part of the Cultural Transformations Research Programme. Anyone interested in these issues is welcome to join. We have research members from multiple countries, from both academic and non-academic research contexts. To gain the most benefit, members should expect to attend at least one meeting of the research group annually.


Through a range of ongoing projects, we engage in proactive, future-oriented research that asks such questions as:

The Skagen Institute

Where are the safe spaces for playful and innovative experimentation in methodologies? How might academic institutions value innovative forms of knowledge production?

The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

How do we trans nationally exchange visual cultures and social justice through media and technoscapes?

Produsing Ethics for the digital (near) future

How can academic researchers lend their intellectual strengths and energies to more directly help create better ethical futures?

Education: The day after tomorrow

How can we merge playful experimentation with educational models to foster critical thinking and digital literacies for future entrepreneurs and world citizens?

Creating future memory

How can citizens better use ethnographic and phenomenology methods to analyse their own lived experience? How can they develop tools to understand, explore, curate their own big data?

All the Feels

This project studies lived experience of digital platforms. Researchers draw on a range of phenomenological, visual analysis, ethnographic, and grounded theory methodologies to reveal granular details of everyday life in digitally-saturated societies.

Visuality, Culture, Methods

How do we approach visuality as a topic of analysis and, in turn, how can we use incorporate the visual in the conduct of our research?

Tracing the Circulation of Communicative Objects

How do different stakeholder groups circulate digital communication objects and what are the implications for the constitution of different kinds of publics?


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