BIOSOCIAL, ECO-SENSORY, AND DIGITAL STUDIES OF LEARNING AND BEHAVIOUR
The Manifold Lab works across the boundaries of science and art to generate multi-sensory engagements with learning and behaviour. Founded in 2016, the Lab is housed within the Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley campus.
A manifold is a complex topological space that allows for tangible sense-making practices at local scales, while comprehending the heterogeneous nature of global multiplicities.
Our Lab provides an open space for transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in response to rapidly changing material conditions of contemporary life. We pursue novel theoretical and methodological approaches to the social sciences, drawing on fields such as speculative philosophy, affective computing, science and technology studies, sensory ethnography, immersive arts and media, adaptive architecture, sensor technologies, and critical life studies. Our combined focus on the bio-eco-socialities of learning and behaviour is underpinned by a rigorous commitment to ethical research that is responsive to social and environmental change.
OUR RESEARCH AREAS
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Contact: Elizabeth de Freitas
The Manifold Research Lab
Room 2.52 Brooks Building
53 Bonsall St, Manchester M15 6GX, UK