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Techno-Anthropology

I want to work in Denmark when I graduate

I want to work in Denmark when I graduate

Camilo is studying Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY YOUR PROGRAMME?

Since my bachelor studies, I have always had interest in the field of Science Technology Studies (STS). I started in a small research group back in Colombia, which was more focused on the history of medicine but they had also emphasis on technological artefacts in medicine. But from my own interest I would like to work with current technologies, so I started after I graduated to look for new options in latin america and europe and this was my best option to study current technologies and keep my track on STS and many more theories.

HOW DID YOU EXPERIENCE YOUR STUDY TIME AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY?

So far I had quite good experience, I’ve enjoyed learning a lot of new paradigms, almost every week I’m learning new stuff because I knew quite little about some of theories used in Techno-Anthropology and seeing there is a huge field where a lot people is trying to make new approaches to study [this relation between humans and technology] has been a quite good experience for me.

In your opinion, How is this programme different from others?

From my experience it seems there’s an academic tendency in Latin America and Spain to mainly focus on history of science, professions and artifacts. I think Techno-Anthropology differentiates from other programs at an ontological dimension, it takes problems and theories from Social Sciences to rethink how an specific technology has shaped or could be shaping problems in the future, this process of rethinking is performed by considering how technology has created social practices, which place technology in the same dimension of human agency.

how would you describe the study environment here?

It's special, it's quite different from what I'm used to. in Latin America we tend to work individually, especially at the masters,you only meet people to have fun and in the strange case of a group work, you just divide the tasks and go home. Here, at Aau we work together on a daily basis, at first it doesn’t have much sense to me, but after 2 months, I’ve understood that group work is not only about complete a task, but also to create bonds with your group and classmates. It’s also beneficial to avoid accumulate work and get constant feedback from your group members helps to improve the projects objectives and results.

what has surprised you about the programme?

The first thing that comes to my mind are the the classes. In Ethnographic methods we have several great  guest lectures, so we learnt from their professional backgrounds and experiences how to deal with specific research environments like Living Labs, Energy Technologies and Educational Studies. In the TAPT sessions we have covered a vast amount of theories that in some sessions have literally blown my mind. Another great surprise for me has been my classmates, they all seem fully committed to the programme and usually in the sessions their questions or interventions actually contributes to class discussions. Also, is worth mention they have been quite receptive of my academic background which helps to create good experiences in the group work and in the classes.  

What has been difficult about studying here?

The PBL I think not having total control over your own time, has for me, been quite difficult since I’m used to work alone and do everything myself. Sometimes, I feel is like a job – being here at a specific time and have to “report” to your group members. But after several talks with other international students and experienced the benefits of PBL, I think is just an adaptation phase to readjust your studying style to understand that group work is important to achieve things you couldn't do by working alone.

what does your future look like, and what is the job of your dreams?

For the future, I would like to have an internship here in Denmark since I want to work in Denmark after I graduate. My dream job would be to work within the Formula 1 organisation since they are making a vast amount of changes for the sport, the interaction with audience is changing and a lot and my competencies from Techno-Anthropology could have a say in that . For now, I keep my feet on the ground preparing myself and learning from others, what opportunities Denmark has for me.