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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
To find works by UTS authors, refine your search using the menu on the left hand side in the Catalogue by Special Collections > UTS Authors.

After Darkness

Christine Piper, this novel was written as part of her Doctor of Creative Arts degree from University of Technology Sydney. It won the 2014 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious awards for young writers.

Description - While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. There, he learns to live among a group of men who are divided by culture and allegiance. As tensions at the isolated camp escalate, the doctor's long-held beliefs are thrown into question and he is forced to confront his dark past: the promise he made in Japan and its devastating consequences.

Elephants Have Wings

Susanne Gervay, Master of Writing graduate, University of Technology Sydney and a recipient of the Order of Australia for children's literature. This book is the first children's book to be awarded the Blake Prize for art and poetry.

Elephants Have Wings is the beautiful story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovery, nestled in the wings of a mystical white elephant. They fly across the universe, seeing its beauty, then conflict, to discover, there is a pathway to the humanity in all of us.

At its heart, ‘Elephants Have Wings’ is illustrations and words for young people and adults to share and discover their own ways towards peace.-- Authors website.

Knowledge Cartography Software Tools and Mapping Techniques

2nd Edition

Alexandra Okada
Simon J. Buckingham Shum, University of Technology Sydney
Tony Sherborne

Includes an extensive collection of real world case studies from research and education, showing added value for professionals.

The book focuses on the process by which manually crafting interactive, hypertextual maps clarifies one’s own understanding, communicates it to others, and enables collective intelligence. The authors see mapping software as visual tools for reading and writing in a networked age. In an information ocean, the challenge is to find meaningful patterns around which we can weave plausible narratives. Maps of concepts, discussions and arguments make the connections between ideas tangible - and critically, disputable. -- Publishers website

Constructing Knowledge Art : An Experiential Perspective on Crafting Participatory Representations

Al Selvin, Verizon Communications
Simon J. Buckingham Shum, University of Technology Sydney

This book is about how people (we refer to them as practitioners) can help guide participants in creating representations of issues or ideas, such as collaborative diagrams, especially in the context of Participatory Design (PD). At its best, such representations can reach a very high level of expressiveness and usefulness, an ideal we refer to as Knowledge Art. Achieving that level requires effective engagement, often aided by facilitators or other practitioners. Most PD research focuses on tools and methods, or on participant experience. The next source of advantage is to better illuminate the role of practitioners-the people working with participants, tools, and methods in service of a project’s larger goals. Just like participants, practitioners experience challenges, interactions, and setbacks, and come up with creative ways to address them while maintaining their stance of service to participants and stakeholders.

Our research interest is in understanding what moves and choices practitioners make that either help or hinder participants’ engagement with representations. We present a theoretical framework that looks at these choices from the experiential perspectives of narrative, aesthetics, ethics, sensemaking and improvisation and apply it to five diverse case studies of actual practice. -- Publishers website