Mancini, Clara; van der Linden, Janet; Bryan, Jon and Stuart, Andrew
Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking semiotics and multispecies ethnography.
In: Ubicomp 2012, 5-8 September 2012, Pittsburgh, USA (forthcoming).
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The domestic use of tracking technology with pets is on the rise, yet is under-researched. We investigate how tracking practices reconfigure human-dog relationships changing both humans and dogs. We question the sensemaking mechanisms by which both humans and dogs engage in context-based meaningful exchanges via the technology’s mediation. We show how an indexical semiotic perspective could inform the development of interspecies technology. Finally, we discuss the methodological issues raised by doing research with animals and propose an interspecies semiotics which integrates animal companions and animal researchers’ accounts into ethnographic observation.
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