A journey into participation

  Participation, co-creation, collaboration – these are all buzzwords in museums at the moment, keys that can unlock funding and impress stakeholders. However, pinning down what they mean in practice can be tricky. The range of activities that could be considered participatory is enormous, and coming up with a systematic approach is difficult given the …

Black box technology

We often talk about ‘black box’ technologies in science and technology studies. The idea behind them is that so often we don’t really know what goes on inside a box, and the effects of such a box might as well be magic. Lots of clever people spend a lot of time trying to open these …

Mobile Africa Revisited

Last year I headed over to the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands, for the final conference of the Mobile Africa Revisited project. I talked about my experiences of developing a display about mobile phones in Cameroon that will appear in a new gallery in the Science Museum this autumn. …