Lora Koycheva (independent scholar) will present on "speculative anthropologies of the role of robotics in next beyond-human paradigms."
Currently a visiting researcher at the Rachel Carson Center while setting up a new project, Dr. Lora Koycheva is an applied anthropologist, whose practice and research borrow and blend a variety of approaches, theories, conversations, methods, and insights from a range of disciplines – from anthropology, philosophy, and innovation, to engineering, finance, and robotics – in search of tracing and enacting the next iterations of embodied more-than-human ontologies. In her talk, she will tell her of her unconventional career path; why she is setting up the Green Like a Robot project; how she is (currently) planning on doing it; and why it matters for scholarship and society.
Lora holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from Northwestern University in the US, and was most recently a senior research fellow at the Technical University of Munich. Apart from independently researching and writing, she is also actively setting up her own venture, as well as co-convening the EASA Applied Anthropology Network.
The Lunchtime Colloquium is free and open to the public. For further information, see the website of the Rachel Carson Center.
The Lunchtime Colloquium Series consists of short, 20–30 minute presentations by fellows of the Rachel Carson Center. The talks are based on the fellow's own research, often focusing on their most recent project. Designed to stimulate discussion, the presentations are accessible and are aimed at a non-specialist audience.