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Unpacking the Cars and Sheds with Genevieve Bell

Unpacking Cars Intel Image

Intel’s resident cultural anthropologist, Dr. Genevieve Bell, was recently featured in an article, “Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist” in the New York Times. The article traces some of the findings and insights from Bell’s 16 years at Intel, including a study of how people use technology in their car which will be of interest to material culture studies and STS scholars. Her video interview with Sydney Morning Herald, A Moment with Genevieve Bell, also features some of her recent work in Australia on people’s everyday relationships with sheds.

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Modes of Hitchhiking in Russia

 Francisco Martínez (EHI, Tallinn University)

– Palm down or thumb up: the fare depends on the gesture you do by the road.

– In Russia, even Lenin seems to hitchhike, standing with a hand in his pocket and the other pointing up towards the future.

Foto 1- Terje Toomistu haciendo auto-stop en Rusia

Fig 1. Terje, the walk between rides. Hitchhiking in Russia.

Hitchhiking is a way of travelling by charity, a sort of begging tourism. This practice of mobility is gaining popularity in Russia, paralleled to the disappearance of traditional ways of travelling cheap in the country.

There are indeed multiple modes of hitchhiking in Russia and not all of them legal. We can of course find the traditional one, idealised by the ‘Beat Generation’ and the ‘Hippies’.

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