Current research

I’m working on an 5 year ERC Consolidator funded project called Politics of Patents: Re-imagining citizenship via clothing inventions 1820-2020.

The project website is www.politicsofpatents.org

With this funding I continue to expand my creative STS practice research into the fascinating histories of wearable technology via 200 years of patented inventions, with a particular focus on political acts of resistance through clothing.

The POP team of 6 people – PI, RF, PD, PD, RA, PhD –  are exploring past innovations and associated social conflict – bringing to life, in archival research, stories and costumes, lesser-known and forgotten attempts by inventors to radically re-imagine citizenship by seeking to shape the way bodies are clothed in different discourses and made (or not made) to “fit” with new technologies, changing mobility practices, environmental conditions, borders, socio-political and gender norms and more.

Also see: POP Twitter and POP Instagram

Recent publications

Two new books are coming out early 2023:

Coleman, R., Jungnickel, K and Puwar, N. 2023. (Eds) How to do Social Research with….. Goldsmiths Press.

Lammes, S., Jungnickel, K., Hjorth, L. and Rae, J. 2023. (eds) Failurists: when things go awry, Institute of Network Cultures.

 

The POP project has a number of recent open access journal articles out in Sociology, Sociological Review,  Social Studies of Science and Science, Technology & Human Values. More here.

 

Contact

I can be contacted at k.jungnickel@gold[dot]ac[dot]uk

Role and work

I am a Reader in Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

For the last 5 years I have been teaching sociology, STS and feminist technoscience and creative and inventive practice. My research is on invention, gender, mobilities and DiY/DiT technology cultures. I am particularly interested in how people imagine different futures through the use and misuse of mundane and ordinary materials, technologies and practices.

I have been studying these topics since my PhD ethnography of backyard-technologists who hand-built their own version of the internet, through a decade of freelance ethnographic work with industry, in my teaching and most recently in my new book on Victorian women cycle wear inventors.

Making, experimenting and engaging are integral to my work. My interdisciplinary approach, methods and modes of transmission include websites, blogs, time-lapse videos, printed materials, photographs, performances, installations and, most recently, costume. At Goldsmiths, I co-direct the Methods Lab and the Digital World Making group that supports interdisciplinary collaborations and runs events across college that experiment with inventive ways of doing social research.

Public engagement

I regularly give talks and run public engagement activities such as Show, Tell & Try On events and hacking and sewing workshops, in a range of places such as London Science Museum ‘Lates’, Victoria and Albert Culture Salon, London Transport Museum, Feminism in London Annual Conference, London Bike Kitchen, Somerset House, London Cycle Campaign Transport Policy seminars, Field Day Music Festival, The New School (NYU), College of Art (Edinburgh), Institute of Textiles (UK), Institute of Design Projects (Warsaw), Digital Cultures Research Lab (Lüneburg), RMIT (Melbourne) and Australian Centre for Public History (Sydney).

Academic bio

I have a PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College (2009) for an ethnographic study of the culture of wireless technology networks.

Prior to my role at Goldsmiths I held a postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010-11) in the Sustainable Mobilities Research Group at the University of East London on the ethnographic ESRC-funded project Cycling cultures in a mass motorised society: a multi-method case study of four English urban areas.

My interest in practice-led multi-dimensional ethnographic research draws on a BA Communications at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (1993) and an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster, London, UK (2003).