Zoe Carey is a doctoral student in sociology at The New School for Social Research. Her research addresses new technologies of police surveillance and issues of accountability and bias in algorithmic decision-making. By tracing algorithmic assemblages from creation to implementation, her project will map the social life of a predictive policing algorithm to understand this new mechanism of governance. Zoe holds an M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research, an M.A. in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
As a Politics PhD student, I am interested in new forms of political participation and their potential implication on political subjectivities. I am particularly curious about Public Sector Design, a relatively new form of design practice that has made its way into public administration, drawing on traditions of service design, industrial design, and Design Thinking. As a trained designer, I want to interrogate the specific processes of legitimation through which design practitioners render their methods and solutions politically pertinent. Mapping out the historical intersections of design methods with other post WWII public administrative discourses, I am interested in sketching out a genealogy of contemporary Public Sector Design.
Anchored to her auto-ethnographic account of the Gezi Resistance in Turkey, Zeyno Ustun examines the logic of digital political action that manifests itself within the morphology of networks that not only engender the decentralized architecture of communication and the rising surveillance Empire, but also provide new ways of organizing contemporary social movements. Mapping the critical power relations that are not only at the national but also at the supranational, regional and trans-local levels all at once, Ustun is currently working on a methodology that she calls cartographic ethnography which aims for enabling efficient navigation online and on-site and captures the multi-layered and networked structure inherent to the political action on the Internet itself.
Katinka Wijsman is a PhD Candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a member of the Urban Ecology Lab. Her research explores the politics that shape the production of resilient coastal landscapes through the introduction of nature-based infrastructure. Using a feminist and multispecies ethnographic approach, her research asks how climate change governance deals with nature as an active agent, and what it means for the concept of political responsibility to include complex and dynamic assemblages of people, animals, plants, and things. In addition to her research, she teaches courses on Feminism & Ecology and Environmental Justice at the undergraduate college of The New School.