Learning in a landscape: simulation-building as reflexive intervention

  title={Learning in a landscape: simulation-building as reflexive intervention},
  author={Anne Beaulieu and Matt Ratto and Andrea Scharnhorst},
  journal={Mind \& Society},
This article makes a dual contribution to scholarship in science and technology studies (STS) on simulation-building. It both documents a specific simulation-building project, and demonstrates a concrete contribution of STS insights to interdisciplinary work. The article analyses the struggles that arise in the course of determining what counts as theory, as model and even as a simulation. Such debates are especially decisive when working across disciplinary boundaries, and their resolution is… 

Collaborating with the crowd

This paper reframes crowd simulation as collaborative experimentation and embeds it directly in the design process, through a prototype that aligns crowd simulation with contingent collaborations and reveals its potential in the early design stages.

Partial Perspectives in Astronomy: Gender, Ethnicity, Nationality and Meshworks in Building Images of the Universe and Social Worlds

Abstract We present astronomers’ native visualization as techniques for representing and analyzing both the universe and their own social world. From our ongoing study we also present our preliminary

Exploring Uncertainty in Knowledge Representations: Classifications, Simulations, and Models of the World

This chapter contains sections titled: Uncertainty in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, Examples: Uncertainty in representations of the world, Strategies for e-research

Modellierungskonzepte der Synergetik und der Theorie der Selbstorganisation

In der heutigen Forschungslandschaft von Modellbildung und Simulation in den Sozialwissenschaften finden sich viele Modelle, deren Wurzeln in der Physik liegen. Gebiete wie Econophysics oder



A Middle-Range Interrogation of Ethnographic Case Studies in the Exploration of E-science

This article addresses the need to problematize “cases” in science and technology studies (STS) work, as a middle-range theory issue. The focus is not on any one case study per se, but on why case

Validation of Simulation: Patterns in the Social and Natural Sciences

The following paper attempts to show how the characteristics of simulation, i.e. the imitation of a dynamic, constitute the problem of validation even in the case of the natural sciences and what consequences arise.

Embedding Digital Infrastructure in Epistemic Culture

This chapter introduces the notion of a “disunity of e-science:” It posits that different epistemic cultures privilege different forms of digital infrastructure, integrate them into their practice in

Ethnographic Fieldwork Under Industrial Constraints: Toward Design-in-Context

In this article, design-in-context is introduced through 2 cases of user involvement, and the original meaning of fieldwork in ethnography is considered, and how ethnographically inspired fieldwork can enrich research and data gathering in a participatory design setting is discussed.

Working relations of technology production and use

  • L. Suchman
  • Art
    Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • 2004
This paper explores the relevance of recent feminist reconstructions of objectivity for the development of alternative visions of technology production and use and sketches aspects of what a feminist politics and associated practices of system development could be.

Located Accountabilities in Technology Production

  • L. Suchman
  • Political Science
    Scand. J. Inf. Syst.
  • 2002
The relevance of recent feminist reconstructions of objectivity for the development of alternative practices of technology production and use is explored and three contrasting positions for design are discussed as alternative bases for a politics of professional design practice.

Simulation : pragmatic construction of reality

This chapter discusses simulation Uncertainty and the Challenge of Postnormal Science, as well as Foundations for the Simulation of Ecosystems.


This article offers a theoretical framework or model for understanding how work within projects is articulated. A distinction is drawn between articulation of work and a more inclusive organizational

Institutions for Simulations: The Case of Computational Nanotechnology

The resource needs of simulation science have often been obscured by two assumptions – that simulations are a ‘cheap’ alternative to experiment and that they are closely connected to theory – though not simply synonymous with or simple extensions of theory.

Landscaping climate change: a mapping technique for understanding science and technology debates on the World Wide Web

The technique described here “landscapes” a debate by displaying key “webby” relationships between organizations by plotting two organizational positionings—the organizations' inter-hyperlinking as well as their discursive affinities.