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Croon Fors, Anna
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Croon Fors, A. (2013). The ontology of the subject in digitalization (Volume 1ed.). In: Rocci Luppicini (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Technolselves: Identity in a Technological Society (pp. 45-63). Hershey: IGI Global.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The ontology of the subject in digitalization
2013 (English)In: Handbook of Research on Technolselves: Identity in a Technological Society / [ed] Rocci Luppicini, Hershey: IGI Global, 2013, Volume 1, 45-63 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is about the ontology of subjects in digitalization. Questions of ontology emerge as a response to contemporary concerns about the ways digitalization is transforming our lives. In this chapter the author’s suggestion is that any understanding of digitalization and its relationship to identity and/or subjectivity need to be considered within a more general horizon of ontology such as for instance suggested by post-representational views on the relationship between identity, self and technology (Badio 2006, Barad 2003; 2007; 2010, Heidegger 1977, Hekman 2010, Pickering 1995; 2011). The chapter highlights three broad principal responses characterizing contemporary entanglements of the self and digitalization contemporary life (Technoselves) – Disclosure, Performativity, and the Real. These three responses are each exploratory illustrated as well as theoretical bracketed by among others Heidegger’s thinking on technology (Heidegger 1977). The chapter tentatively concludes that contemporary digitali- zation brings the subject back to fundamental ways of existence—that of being-in-the-world (Heidegger, 1996/1927: 49–58). As such, the author contends that any considerations regarding the ontology of the subject in the digital age need to take serious non-modern stances on existence in the search for new imaginaries of the world and the subject’s becoming.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: IGI Global, 2013 Edition: Volume 1
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58674 (URN)978-1-4666-2211-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-09-05 Created: 2012-09-05 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Thaidens, T., Regev, G., Beard, J. W. & Croon Fors, A. (2012). Book Review: Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations [Review]. International Journal of Scoiotechnology and Knowledge Development, 4(3), 56-63.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book Review: Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Scoiotechnology and Knowledge Development, ISSN 1941-6253, EISSN 1941-6261, Vol. 4, no 3, 56-63 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58672 (URN)10.4018/jskd.2012070106 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-09-05 Created: 2012-09-05 Last updated: 2012-09-06Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. (2011). Strange familiarity: on the material turn in feminism and HCI. In: Croon Fors, A., Elovaara, P., & Mörtberg, C. (Ed.), The 6th European conference on gender and ICT: feminist interventions in theories and practices. Paper presented at European Conference on Gender and ICT, March 8th - 10th 2011, Umeå University, Sweden. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strange familiarity: on the material turn in feminism and HCI
2011 (English)In: The 6th European conference on gender and ICT: feminist interventions in theories and practices / [ed] Croon Fors, A., Elovaara, P., & Mörtberg, C., 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
människa-datorinteraktion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51116 (URN)
Conference
European Conference on Gender and ICT, March 8th - 10th 2011, Umeå University, Sweden
Available from: 2012-01-11 Created: 2012-01-11 Last updated: 2012-01-20Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. (2010). Accountability in design. In: Elovaara, P., Sefyrin, J., Öhman M-B., & Björkman, C. (Ed.), Travelling thoughtfulness: feminist technoscience stories (pp. 293-303). Umeå: Informatik, Umeå universitet.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Accountability in design
2010 (English)In: Travelling thoughtfulness: feminist technoscience stories / [ed] Elovaara, P., Sefyrin, J., Öhman M-B., & Björkman, C., Umeå: Informatik, Umeå universitet , 2010, 293-303 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Informatik, Umeå universitet, 2010
Series
Research reports in informatics, ISSN 1401-4572 ; 10.04
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51112 (URN)978-91-7459-094-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-01-11 Created: 2012-01-11 Last updated: 2012-01-13Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. & Wiberg, M. (2010). Digital Materiality as Imprints and Landmarks: the case of Northern Lights. International Journal of Information Ethics, 12, 6-11.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Materiality as Imprints and Landmarks: the case of Northern Lights
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Information Ethics, ISSN 1614-1687, Vol. 12, 6-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33135 (URN)
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2010-04-21Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. (2010). The Beauty of the beast: the matter of meaning in digitalization. AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence, 25(1), 27-33.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Beauty of the beast: the matter of meaning in digitalization
2010 (English)In: AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence, ISSN 0951-5666, E-ISSN 1435-5655, Vol. 25, no 1, 27-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Digitalization reveals the world in new varieties and forms. This power to unveil not only transforms human outreach and actions, but also changes our conceptions; about whom we are, about our uses and about human horizons for sense-making. In this paper, I explore experience design and the aesthetic turn in contemporary research in human–computer interaction and interaction design. This rather recent interest in aesthetic experience is in my view a move away from a view of digitalization as instances of objects aligned in networks, with certain features, qualities and properties, towards an understanding of digitalization as a relation to the world, to itself, and to what it means to be human (e.g. Technology and the character of contemporary life. A philosophical inquiry. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1984, Holding on to reality. The nature of information at the turn of the millennium. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999; Questioning technology. Routledge, New York, 1999; The question concerning technology and other essays. Harper and Row, New York, 1977; Technology and the lifeworld, from garden to earth. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1990). As such my attempt in this text is to outline a conceptual account concerning what it might mean to designate digitalization as experienced rather than as what we traditionally think of it—as a cause of what we perceive. The paper is based on some previous work suggesting that a focus on the beauty of digitalization (i.e. the beast) entails the possibility to investigate ambiguous meanings of digitalization, meanings that are intrinsic to digitalization but have so far received little or no attention. My suggestion is that there are aesthetic and/or sublime dimensions inherent in digitalization that involves the realization of meaning that are becoming increasingly important in both use and design of digital materials. Hence, the particular focus on aesthetics as implied by the title of this text refers to a pervasive quality harbouring meaning that through a phenomenological lens could be regarded as the material basis of digitalization. The paper concludes that it is crucial to conduct more thorough studies of the relationship between aesthetics and digitalization if we are truly interested in exploring the potential of digitalization in our lives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Springer, 2010
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32524 (URN)10.1007/s00146-009-0236-z (DOI)
External cooperation:
Available from: 2010-03-16 Created: 2010-03-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. & Mörtberg, C. (2009). Innovation and gender in the making: A gendered analysis of technological performances at the stage. In: 5th conference on Gender and ICT. Paper presented at 5th conference on Gender and ICT. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation and gender in the making: A gendered analysis of technological performances at the stage
2009 (English)In: 5th conference on Gender and ICT, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32522 (URN)
Conference
5th conference on Gender and ICT
Available from: 2010-03-16 Created: 2010-03-16 Last updated: 2010-08-26Bibliographically approved
Stolterman, E. & Croon Fors, A. (2008). Critical HCI Research: a research position proposal. Design Philosophy Papers, 1.
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2008 (English)In: Design Philosophy Papers, ISSN 1448-7136, E-ISSN 1448-7136, Vol. 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ongoing development of digital technology creates new, immensely complex environments that deeply influence our lifeworld. This paper is about the ways in which HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) research and other information technology disciplines can contribute to a deeper understanding of technology and the ongoing transformations or our lifeworld. As such, the paper is a conceptual exploration driven by a sincere striving for the possibility of making a real difference to the way research is carried out on the societal influences of digital technology. The paper is based on the assumption that htere are some foundational decisions forming any research endeavor: the question of methodology, the question of object of study and most importantly—the question of being in service. We explore and propose a research position by taking a critical stance against unreflective acceptance of digital technology and by acknowledging people's lifeworld as a core focus of inquiry. Te position is also framed around an empirical and theoretical understanding of the evolving technology that we label the digital transformation, in which an appreciation of aesthetic experience is regarded to be a focal methodological concept.

Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11514 (URN)
Available from: 2009-01-13 Created: 2009-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
Croon Fors, A. (2008). Quality of Life and Information Technology: On becoming and responsibility in everyday life. In: Philip Brey (Ed.), International Workshop: Good Life in a Technological Age: University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, June 12-14, 2008. Paper presented at Good Life in a Technological Age. Enschede, Netherlands: University of Twente, Netherlands.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quality of Life and Information Technology: On becoming and responsibility in everyday life
2008 (English)In: International Workshop: Good Life in a Technological Age: University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, June 12-14, 2008 / [ed] Philip Brey, Enschede, Netherlands: University of Twente, Netherlands , 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Enschede, Netherlands: University of Twente, Netherlands, 2008
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33148 (URN)
Conference
Good Life in a Technological Age
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2010-04-13
Croon Fors, A. (2006). Back to Basic: An anachronistic assessment of the critical legacy of IS research. In: Proceedings of the  29th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 29), August 12-15 2006, Helsingør, Denmark.: Paradigms, Politics, Paradoxes. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Back to Basic: An anachronistic assessment of the critical legacy of IS research
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the  29th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 29), August 12-15 2006, Helsingør, Denmark.: Paradigms, Politics, Paradoxes, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32527 (URN)
Available from: 2010-03-16 Created: 2010-03-16
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