Professor Pauline Garvey, Maynooth University, 'Epistemologies of Collaboration: Lessons from an Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing'.
Anna Tsing (2009) has argued that it is ironic that in a field such as social-cultural anthropology we are less open to seeing our work as a social product than our colleagues in the hard sciences. In this paper Professor Garvey will present findings from the project The Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing, and reflect on the epistemological implications of collaboration as a writing process and engine for theoretical development.
Pauline Garvey is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland. Her research interests include Nordic domesticity, material culture, design and digital anthropology and the anthropology of Ireland. Her books include Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland: When Life Becomes Craft (2021, UCL Press, co-written with Daniel Miller)), her monograph Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses, (2018, Routledge), and Exhibit Ireland (2012, Wordwell, with Adam Drazin and Seamas O'Siochain). Current research projects include the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing, funded by the European Research Council. Since 2013, Pauline has been editor of the journal Home Cultures, the Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space (Routledge) and is a member of the editorial board of the Nordic Journal of Social Research.