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Videoethnography Grad Course (EDCP 510)

Of course, I am really enjoying my work this term with an amazing group of grad students and visiting scholars!  This section of EDCP 510 (Videoethnography) emphasizes micro-video, micro-analysis, and a particular type of qualitative reasoning and empirical analysis informed by actor-network theory (ANT), conceptual realism, and object-oriented ontology (OOO).

The course is blended, chock full of very engaging resources within the Canvas site, if I may humbly add.

#UBC course: Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research and Writing #sts #hwl


EDCP 585D (032)
Winter 2015; Wed 4:30-7:30, Scarfe 1210
Norman Friesen
How can the philosophical traditions of phenomenology and hermeneutics be used to investigate the relationship between (new) technologies and user appropriations? Similar to empirically-oriented approaches to technology like Actor-Network Theory and Social Constructivism, hermeneutic phenomenology is oriented towards the “lived experience” of a sociotechnical lifeworld. The purpose of this course is to give a multi-perspectival introduction to the methods involved in researching the nature and meaning of this lived experience. Based largely on the work of Max van Manen and Bernhard Waldenfels– but also drawing on Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Sara Ahmed and others– it focuses on the practices of writing and analysis that are a part of hermeneutic phenomenological research. Students will learn about and apply hermeneutic phenomenology as it relates to graduate research projects, particularly in connection with education, technology & new media.

Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC
For more information, please contact

Norman Friesen Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, Media & Technology Studies
University of British Columbia

Graduate Seminar: Bruno Latour and STS

Please consider enrolling (or advising enrollment) this Winter 1 term (Sept-Dec 2013) in a graduate Seminar on Bruno Latour and STS (at the University of British Columbia).  The course is listed as a Masters Seminar but I encourage all PhD students with STS interests to enroll for intellectual reasons, for taking leadership roles within the seminar, and for learning to teach and design courses on Latour and STS.

Note that the course is Pass-Fail format.  This year the seminar focuses on Latour and the postsecular turn in STS:

EDCP 501 : Thursdays (1:00-4:00)

Course Description:
This seminar focuses on recent work of Bruno Latour, arguably the most creative and challenging scholar of Science & Technology Studies (STS).  Latour’s reputation and scholarship traverses an extremely wide range of disciplines in addition to STS (e.g., anthropology, art, education, environmental studies, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, theology, etc.).  Following a survey of Latour’s work and the postsecular turn in STS, we will focus on three new texts: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (2013), Rejoicing: Or the Torments of Religious Speech (2013), and On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (2010). The seminar is interdisciplinary and inviting, and students from any and all disciplines are encouraged to enroll.  We will work systematically through these texts to closely examine Latour’s strategies for doing STS.