About Sally Applin

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Sally A. Applin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU/ITP) within New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20 year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX Designer, Ethnographic Researcher and Senior Consultant.

At Kent, Sally is advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Director of CSAC, and Director of Innovation. Dr. Fischer is the founder of AnthroPunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences. Sally is a founding member of AnthroPunk and is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space.


I've been asked to be on a Panel with Bruce Sterling and Gene Becker of Layar (AR) to discuss our concepts of PolySocial Reality (PoSR) and other realities.

If you have time or feel so inclined, please vote for our panel! Thanks!

Panel: PolySocial Reality and the Enspirited World

Latest work:

Paper: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - “Pervasive Computing in Time and Space: The Culture and Context of 'Place' Integration”

Paper: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - "A Cultural Perspective on Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality"