Cultural Research in Technology Group

Applying humanistic approaches to shape IT research and design

About CRIT Group

Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) group is co-directed by Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell, faculty members in Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

Pursuing IT R&D in a way that reflects humanistic standards of rigor in critical thinking, with a foregrounded concern for marginalized voices, and a robust understanding of aesthetics.

A foregrounded concern for marginalized voices means the development of institutions, methods, procedures, and/or policies intended to ensure, at a structural level, that marginalized voices are actually heard and have appropriate impact.

Aesthetics is concerned with pursuing and supporting ways of living and being that are meaningful, enlightening, sensually stimulating, inquisitive, expressive, and empathic.

Our research has created resources to support researchers, developers, business leaders, and designers in academia and industry to use humanistic ideas and methods to pursue their own work. Though as researchers we often talk about feminist theory (Shaowen) or aesthetic philosophy (Jeff), our work has helped diverse IT stakeholders to address gender-related injustices or missed opportunities, to think beyond technical functionality to their meanings in the lived world, and to advocate for IT policies that support such work.

Our work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Intel Corporation, One-to-One Interactive (a digital marketing company), the Mellon Foundation, the Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, Aarhus University, and Northumbria University.

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