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Design and Sociology departments at Goldsmiths continue CSISP collaboration

Inventing the Social. CSISP anniversary symposium in the Orangery at Goldsmiths, organised by Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim and Alex Wilkie, May 2014

Alex Wilkie (Senior Lecturer in Design) has recently been appointed Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) alongside Co-Directors Michael Guggenheim and Marsha Rosengarten from the Department of Sociology.

For more than ten years CSISP  has been at the forefront of researching and understanding the interplay between science, technology, society and the environment. Based in the Department of Sociology, CSISP is an interdisciplinary research centre that hosts conferences, reading groups, research projects, salons, seminars, workshops, visiting researchers as well as supporting doctoral research amongst other activities. Common to all is the exploration and examination of the role of ‘invention’ – and related terms such as ‘creativity’, ‘innovation’, technology, discovery, change and novelty –  in social and public life. CSISP facilitates collaboration and intervention across disciplines and practices that touch upon and create the ‘social’, including, but not limited to: design and social science, computation and sociology, issue advocacy and inventive social methods, markets and economics, biomedicine and innovation in social research, the arts and environmental science.

CSISP was founded in 2003 by Andrew Barry and was inaugurated by Bruno Latour with a lecture on the question of “how not to change vehicles” in moving from micro to macro in the social study of invention. Since then, CSISP has been directed by Mariam Motamedi Fraser, Mike Michael, Marsha Rosengarten, Noortje Marres.

The latest issue of EASST review features an overview of CSISP, which is available to download here. CSISP Online  includes reflections on CSISP activities and the CSISP pages on the Goldsmiths website contain an archive of the various events the research centre has hosted over the past decade, many of which feature ongoing dialogues between design and social science.