Participation in Denver, Colorado – Panel and Talk at Society for Social Studies of Science

Denver – Society for Social Studies of Science
November  11th – 15th 2015

Panel with Basil Bornemann, Basel University
Abstract: In this panel, we regard the “Anthropocene” and the related debates as triggering points for a renewal of sustainability thinking. In particular, we see an opportunity for STS scholarship to enlighten sustainability thinking in such a way that it becomes more reflective with respect its roots in modern thought, and correspondingly its ecological effects. To explore the potential of STS for sustainability thinking in light of the “Anthropocene”, we propose three sets of questions that cut across recent STS debates: First, What can sustainability thinking learn from STS’s insights into the co-­‐constitution of science and the world? Second, is the ecological condition that structures sustainability thinking really a theoretical imperative in favor of realism and what benefits have constructivist traditions? Third, can STS unravel the performativity of sustainability debates by „following the actor“?

Talk
Abstract: While today computer education is largely seen as a mere instrument in the creation of workforce, emancipatory ideals and even educational theories permeate the computer industries ever since their beginning in the 1960s and 70s. So when and how did the emancipatory pedagogy get lost, and how does that closure relate to the rise of personal computing? The paper describes the pedagogics and educational efforts involved in three critical phases of programming and the hardware of personal computing. First, the engagement of Bob Albrecht in the rise and distribution of timesharing and the BASIC programming; countercultural groups like the Homebrew Computer Club but also less prominent efforts like the Bob Albrecht’s Dymax division at the Portola Institute were explicitly addressing educational concerns; Montessori educators like Dean Brown and Liza Loop followed a explicit, even academic theory of self-guided learning and thereby also gave shape to computer technologies.

Jeremias Herberg now a board member of Learning Options*Open Portal (LO*OP) Center

December 2015

Jeremias  has been invited to become a board member of one of the oldest nonprofits in the practice and history of learning with computers, the Learning Options*Open Portal, Inc. The LO*OP Center opened in 1975 as the second public access computer center located outside a museum. Here kids and lay people could use and play with personal computers like the Apple I (model 1!) years before their mass marketization. The center was created by Liza Loop, an educator and consultant deeply involved in the pioneering computer hobby groups of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. Jeremias met Liza during his research in the area and is helping her to build a virtual museum (hcle.wikispaces.com/).

CCP-Workshop at International Transdisciplinary Conference in Basel

September 2015

Together with other transdisciplinary researchers from Leuphana University, part of the CCP-Team visited the International Transdisciplinarity Conference on Sustainability and health: emerging topics and new challenges for inter- and transdisciplinary research and organized a workshop on „Complexity or Control? Exploring the landscapes of Sustainability Science“.

For detailled impressions, see the observations from Judith Kahle and Steffi Jahn from the Leuphana based MONA resarch project: A community between fragmentation and integration.