Enjoying Machines, Barry Brown and Oskar Juhlin, Mobile Life

The talk will be broadcast through Bambuser.


Barry and Oskar will discuss two of the chapters from their forthcoming book "Enjoying Machines": the theoretical chapter and one of the empirical chapters.


Barry Brown is co-director of the Mobile Life Centre. He was previously an associate professor at the University of California, a research fellow at the University of Glasgow and a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard’s research labs in Bristol. His recent work has focused on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - computer systems for leisure and pleasure. Recent publications span top forums in both social and technology fields, and include studies of activities as diverse as games, tourism, museum visiting, the use of maps, television watching and sport spectating. He has a book forthcoming with MIT press titled "enjoying machines", and he has edited books on music consumption and mobile phone use. His qualifications include a degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Surrey.

Oskar Juhlin is a professor at the Department of Computer and Systems sciences at Stockholm University, and he also leads the Mobility studio at the Mobile Life Vinn Excellence Centre. Oskar has worked in many fields related to the sociology of computing, including sociology of knowledge and engineering work and sociology of traffic and road use, related to the design of mobile applications for people on the road. His current approach draws on ethnographic fieldwork of mobile user practices to influence the design of various applications. The fields of interest covers the next generation of amateur video production, the role of fashionable aesthetics in mobile design, and human animal interaction.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 11:00 to 12:00
SICS, room Knuth, Electrum
Isafjordsgatan 22/Kistagången 16