16. september 2022

DISTRACT participates in LSE workshop on attention

DISTRACT was represented by several scholars at a workshop hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics entitled: "Attention: An Interdisciplinary Workshop" held on the 14th-15th of September.

The workshop brought together scholars from numerous disciplines to discuss theoretical and methodological questions related to attention and how to study it. DISTRACT researchers gave three presentations:

August Lohse, Emilie Munch Gregersen and Sofie Læbo Astrupgaard presented the paper: "Measuring Attention Ethologically: How an Interdisciplinary Team of Social Data Scientists and Anthropologists Measured Attention in the Field". The paper reported on the research design used at the DISTRACT field experiments at Folkemødet.

Malene Hornstrup Jespersen presented the paper "Fieldwork in the Silence: A Protocol for (Auto)ethnographic Research on Meta- attentional Practices". The paper reported on the data collection experiment on a silent retreat that DISTRACT organized in May 2022.

Eva Iris Otto presented the paper "Personalization: Building Attention Subjects within the Digital Attention Economy", based on her fieldwork in app developing companies in Denmark.

Finally, DISTRACT PI, prof. Morten Axel Pedersen acted as discussant in one of the workshop sessions.