Archive for December, 2013

Whatsapp, GPS and the art of urban navigation

Whatsapp, GPS and the art of urban navigation

Jared McCormick from Harvard Anthropology has an interesting piece on the uses that Whatsapp, a messaging application for smart-phones (which I know some of us at HASTS use!) , is put to in Lebanon.  The whole thing is worth a read but what really got my interest was this paragraph (my emphasis): While we all tacitly understand that by carrying a phone we are trackable, this becomes clearer as smartphones allow for a tactile interaction with GPS. What is baffling, often times across class divides, are the ways in which our actual physical location becomes rendered on digital interpretations of […]

Liveblog: QWERTY Is Dead! Long Live QWERTY! The Birth of Input in Twentieth-Century China

Liveblog: QWERTY Is Dead! Long Live QWERTY! The Birth of Input in Twentieth-Century China

This is really a pseudo-liveblog: It was originally written during the event with Lan Li, but grant proposals, end of term events, and similar delayed proofreading and posting until now. Our apologies! Photographs by Lan Li and Amy Johnson. QWERTY Is Dead! Long Live QWERTY! The Birth of Input in Twentieth-Century China STS Colloquium 12/9/13 4pm Speaker: Thomas Mullaney, Stanford Discussant: Brian Rotman, Ohio State This is still very much an early draft. Today Tom will run over key points, explain how this fits into his larger book projects, and provide a few examples. The paper circulated in conjunction with […]

Exams, Generally

Exams, Generally

General exams are meant to test a graduate student’s comprehensive knowledge of fields related to her research and qualify her for a PhD candidacy.  Or, so I’m told.  After nine months of reading 285 books and articles, scheduling 60 hours of meetings, writing 261 pages of responses (roughly 117,450 words), I’ve finally made it to exam week. Three fields, three written exams, and one oral exam.  No problem.  Below is a photoblog recounting the process of exam week. 11/17 The Day Before the Exam Discovered some notes on Mumford from my first year!  I’m not really sure how to decipher […]

Queer STS: Part 2

Queer STS: Part 2

 This is a two-part blog post, the first part focusing on provocations, and the second on assembling a “reading list” for STS students interested in queer studies. Jose Esteban Muñoz passed away today, and these posts are inspired by his work.      Start Here, Then Iterate: An STS student interested in the theme of “Queer STS” might start by reading Catharina Landstrom’s critique of Feminist STS, “Queering Feminist Technology Studies” (2007). Landstrom critiques the heteronormativity of feminist constructivist technology studies, which she argues reinforces gendered binaries in its focus on masculinist regimes and assumption of what qualifies as masculine. Her main […]

Queer STS: Part 1

Queer STS: Part 1

 This is a two-part blog post, the first part focusing on provocations, and the second part on assembling a “reading list” for STS students interested in queer studies. Jose Esteban Muñoz passed away today, and these posts are inspired by his work.  [Image credit]  “Queer is not yet here…we are not yet queer…We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future…Queerness is a structuring and educating mode of desiring that allows us to see and feel beyond the quagmire of the present. The here […]