Jeanette Blomberg gives inauguration lecture

by Camilla Simonsen

One of the world’s leading researchers within the field of ethnographical studies concerning design – Jeanette Blomberg – is giving a lecture at RUC in connection to her inauguration as adjunct professor at Roskilde University. The lecture is held on September 19th at 2-3pm in 43-2.29, and will be followed by a reception.


The title of Jeanette Blomberg’s lecture is “Ethnography and Participatory Design”, and the focus will be on the long, complicated, and contested history of the relationship between these two.

Abstract for the lecture
The abstract for Jeanette Blomberg’s lecture is: “The relationship between ethnography and Participatory Design has a long, complicated, and contested history.  Questions have been raised about whether the sensibilities, commitments, and requirements of design and of ethnography are aligned both practically and philosophically.  In this talk I will discuss various approaches that have been developed to connect ethnography and design with attention to the similarities and incongruities between Participatory Design and ethnography.  I will conclude with thoughts about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the next generation of participatory designers.”

Anthropology and Practice-based Service Innovation
Jeanette Blomberg holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of California, Davis, and is the Program Director of Practice-based Service Innovation at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA. She is researching ethnographically-informed organizational interventions, participatory design, social aspects of technology production and use, and practice-based service innovation.

Previously, Jeanette Blomberg has been a member of Lucy Suchman’s group “Work Practice and Technology” at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and she has been Director of Experience Modeling research ved Sapient Corporation, and Industry-affiliated Professor at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She was principal organiser at ‘Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference’ (EPIC), a conference that has been conducted every year since 2005, and where Jeanette Blomberg is now a part of the conference’s Advisory Board.

Jeanette Blomberg will be affiliated with Roskilde University’s Strategic Research Initiative ‘Designing Human Technologies’ (DHT), where she will also join the Advisory Board. At the same time though, she will also be an asset for the strategic priority of the Department of Communication Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, ‘Innovation in Service and Experience‘ (ISE).

More of Jeanette Blomberg’s latest work can be read in her two recent publications:
*Blomberg, J. and H. Karasti: “Reflections on 25 Years of Ethnography in CSCW. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)”: The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices, Volume 21, No 6, 2013.

*Blomberg, J. and H. Karasti: “Positioning Ethnography within Participatory Design.” Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design. (Eds.) Jesper Simonsen and Toni Robertson. Routledge, London. 86-11
6, 2012.

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