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Social and mobile media are transforming everyday life for diverse people and communities, often in surprising ways. Yet communication technologies are also the products of the people and places that produce them, and reflect particular ways of understanding the world. As an anthropologist of social media and other emerging technologies, I study how culture shapes technology and how technology shapes culture.  I have conducted research in Berlin, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere on how users connect at local, national, and transnational levels on social and mobile media platforms, and how their connections are reshaping everyday experiences of place.

In my ongoing work, I study transnational connections, identity, and selfhood on social and mobile media. I am particularly concerned with how emerging technologies facilitate accepted understandings of social connection, mobility, and personhood, in ways that are reshaping urban space.

On this website, you can view my resume or download my complete CV (kraemer_CVS18, pdf), read my recent publications (please email me if you’d like copies for personal use), and keep up with my updates. Follow me on Twitter (@jordanisme) or contact me at jordan @ jordankraemer.com.

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Design & Society Webinar Oct. 16

Join me and Danya Glabau of Implosion Labs, LLC for a free webinar on critical & anthropological approaches to design, from 1-2pm on Tuesday, October 16. Why has design become such an important tool in thinking about technology and society?

Graphic of a 3D wireframe urban block

Design is a dominant paradigm for building and understanding the modern world. The language of design is especially prominent in the digital realm, where its assumptions influence how we interact with the world and with each other.

In this 45-minute webinar, media anthropologist Dr. Jordan Kramer will outline critical perspectives on digital design that will shake up participants’ assumptions about the impact of design on society. Participants will consider questions like: How has design come to matter? Why does it seem like such an important tool in our current moment? What norms and assumptions inform the design of everyday technologies through approaches like UX? And what are the political effects of interface design?

Participants will leave this webinar with an overview of the critical questions that practitioners, users, and observers can ask to ensure that the futures we design will truly be better than the past that designers seek to transcend.

Implosion Labs
Design & Society Webinar

1-2pm EST
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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