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President’s Message, May 2016


Bernal Prize Announcement

It is my pleasure to announce that Michael Lynch (Cornell University, U.S.) is winner of the 2016 John Desmond Bernal Prize. The Bernal Prize is awarded to a scholar who has made distinguished contributions to the field of STS over the course of a career.

Click here for the extended announcement and Professor Lynch’s acceptance.

My warmest congratulations to Mike!  Please join me as well in thanking the 2016 Bernal Prize Committee members Ulrike Felt (Chair, University of Vienna, Austria), Paul Edwards (University of Michigan, U.S.), Joan Fujimura (University of Wisconsin, U.S.) and Alan Irwin (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark). 

In Memoriam: David Hakken

It is with great sadness that I follow the notice above with the news that Professor David Hakken, friend and colleague of so many of us, passed away on the 3rd of May.  Director of the Social Informatics Program at Indiana University, David’s work was foundational to the integration of research in anthropology (his home discipline), STS (to which he was a major contributor), and the interdisciplinary field of informatics (at the intersection of computing and the social sciences, a field that he helped to create and sustain). I knew David in all of these venues, and also through his passionate and dedicated commitment to the subset of informatics devoted to the participatory design of information technologies. As organizer of the Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in 2008, and steadfast participant in the PDC community, David worked to expand the collaborations involved in configuring information and communications technologies beyond the economic and technical arenas that currently dominate the field, to include other relevant persons, practices and knowledges. This was just one of a myriad of ways in which, along with his life partner and research collaborator Barbara Andrews, David devoted his life and work to the pursuit not only of deeper understandings, but also to transforming worlds of technoscience in the name of social justice. His most recent publication was a book co-authored with Maurizio Teli and Barbara Andrews entitled, Beyond Capital: Values, Commons, Computing, and the Search for a Viable Future (Routledge, 2015). 

We’ll be honoring David at an informal gathering of friends and colleagues in Barcelona during the EASST/4S meeting in September (details will follow).  In the meantime you can find a wonderful and indicative interview with him on the topic of ‘big data,’ on the blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, at David is and will be missed.

EASST/4S Barcelona

Registration will open soon – please watch for the link at

regards to all,