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The Cultural Science initiative welcomes researchers from universities, research institutes, government agencies and private industry to discuss ideas and principles across discipline in pursuit of innovative insights that will help shape future societies and markets.

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Interpretive methods, Actor-network theory/ies, and Science by Dr Jeremy Hunsinger

This talk confronted questions surrounding the relations of interpretation and the idea of the scientific through a consideration of interpretive methods and in particular actor-network theory.  Within the field of possible interpretations, science centres on questions about the world, but the question that interpretivist methods must confront is what constitutes the world that is interpreted, in other words, what is the ontological status of interpreted objects in the world? Actor-network theory collapses ontological status and recognizes the existence of relations as significant as what are thought of as networks, transforming ontological constructs from essences to relations, and with relations we have a new object of interpretation that then generalized through the sciences along the diverse frameworks of interpretation that in part define each discipline and interdisciplinary science.  These parallels highlight the possibilities of rigorous, scientific interpretive methods and why those methods are likely much more traditionally understood as science, than modern formal methods and modelling.

Critical Technical Practices: Praxis and knowledge production in hacker labs by Dr Jeremy Hunsinger

This talk looked at the rise of hacker labs and hacker collectives as models of critical technical practice.  Critical technical practice is a method of exploring, designing, building, and testing theoretical perspectives, usually social, political, cultural, and ethical theories, as opposed to merely technological designs. By analyzing the rise of these hacker collectives, through their internet presences, I argue that these are the next generation of a series of subcultural systems of technical empowerment and a specific subaltern to the predominant means of knowledge production and dissemination.  I conclude by arguing that academia, through investigating the successes of these knowledge production and dissemination forms, could probably remodel areas of mode-2 research into similarly effective learning environments that develop critical technical practices in both faculty and students.

International conference "Creating Value: Between Commerce and Commons"

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Joint Research Workshop "Creative Destruction: Lessons for Science and Innovation Policy from the Rise of the Creative Industries"

Organised by: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and FEAST: Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology Cooperation Joint Research Workshop Program

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