"Reading Artifacts" Graduate Student WorkshopExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM AST

Free to all UW grad students. Learn to "read" objects from UWaterloo's rich computer history and help design an exhibit!

Enjoy a free, delicious lunch catered by the Grad House.

Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today or ask any questions by contacting computer.museum@uwaterloo.ca before May 20.

Why study material culture? In an era when "everything" seems to be online, why should we spend time looking at objects, picking them up and holding them in our hands? Because objects are a way of understanding the world and every person in it. All we have to do is learn how to ask the right questions.

The workshop is about reading artifacts and learning how to go from looking, holding and exploring even fairly ordinary objects to developing new knowledge, ideas and insights about the world and how it works. From simple sets of questions about physical features, construction, function, design, and values, and without specific subject expertise, we can quickly start to extract vital information and generate our own leading questions.

For the workshop, we'll be examining computing-related artifacts from the last century or so. But any ordinary object can tell us so much. Consider an old leather shoe. It can tell us about shoemaking, trade, travel, the cost of living, the effects of wear, distinctions between work and leisure, geographic-driven clothing needs, even biological differences between human and animal feet.

Cost 
FREE
Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room 1301
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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