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Collapse of a Horse: Prosthetics and Experimentality in a Critical Public Event

Collapse of a Horse: Prosthetics and Experimentality in a Critical Public Event

A note to my readers: I wrote the following essay exactly a year ago, as a horse lay attacked in India. Many political fortunes have changed since, and perpetrators of the attack on the horse have returned to social life. What I wrote then I share here, cognisant of the cynicism of party-politics, mindful of the power of remembrance and the archive in the world, and hopeful that the story of those that sought to reclaim this damaged animal exhibited practices of transcendence that merits recording–even if such recording is by way of an anthropology from a distance. ~~~ The meaning of life is […]

cross-STS Spring 2016 Schedule

cross-STS Spring 2016 Schedule

The cross-STS Working Group at MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and STS (HASTS) is happy to present the Spring 2016 schedule. cross-STS started in Fall 2014, exploring the recent disciplinary, spatial, temporal, and geographical crossings in Science & Technology Studies in monthly meetings. The Spring 2016 iteration attempts to bring together scholars from across the academy to discuss issues of shared interest in science and technology studies, including parafiction, biosecurity, and translation. We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting this Thursday, March 17th! Richard and Peter If you wish to receive to subscribe to our mailing list […]

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 3: DATA

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 3: DATA

Saturday, February 22, 2014  |   MIT Organized by Renée Blackburn and Mitali Thakor, doctoral candidates in the MIT Program in History, Anthropology, + STS.  Feminist theory in STS has critically engaged questions of scientific ideology, institutional power, difference, and epistemology –- attending not only to gender but also race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, postcoloniality, queer theory, and more… “Gender Binaries and the Ideological Affordances of Data Activism” J. Nathan Matias, MIT Nathan has been trying to develop new algorithms to increase diversity online.  At the moment, he is dealing with gender binaries to show how women are still an underrepresented […]

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – KEYNOTE

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – KEYNOTE

Saturday, February 22, 2014  |   MIT 12:45-2:15PM – LUNCH + KEYNOTE Introductory Remarks: Michael M.J. Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and STS, MIT By way of introducing Kim Fortun, the featured keynote of MIT’s Gender and Technology Symposium, Michael Fischer talks about the ways in which feminist studies and poststructural feminist studies have influenced Kim’s work.  One method of analysis is playing with scale based on the first wave of feminist analysis, which focused on the role of women to give them recognition and voice.  By using the affordances of feminist post-structuralism, playing with scale can also shift the balance […]

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 2: SEX + BODIES 

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 2: SEX + BODIES 

Saturday, February 22, 2014  |   MIT Organized by Renée Blackburn and Mitali Thakor, doctoral candidates in the MIT Program in History, Anthropology, + STS.  Feminist theory in STS has critically engaged questions of scientific ideology, institutional power, difference, and epistemology –- attending not only to gender but also race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, postcoloniality, queer theory, and more… 11:00AM-12:30PM – Session 2: SEX + BODIES  “Online Moral Economy of Sex Selection in Women’s Club, Turkey” Burcu Mutlu, MIT Burcu looks at the moral economy of sex selection in the anonymous women-only online forum known as the Women’s Club.  By analyzing 541 […]

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 1: LABOR

MIT Symposium on Gender + Technology – Session 1: LABOR

Saturday, February 22, 2014  |   MIT Organized by Renée Blackburn and Mitali Thakor, doctoral candidates in the MIT Program in History, Anthropology, + STS.  Feminist theory in STS has critically engaged questions of scientific ideology, institutional power, difference, and epistemology –- attending not only to gender but also race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, postcoloniality, queer theory, and more… 9:15-10:45 AM – Session 1: LABOR  “Who Was the User? Gender on the Personal Computing Frontier” Joy Rankin, Yale University “Careful attention to how user defined themselves and were defined by others illuminates the gendered ways of personal computing.” In this talk, Joy highlights […]

Liveblog: Environment, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Liveblog: Environment, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Co-written with Shreeharsh Kelkar, with additional help from Amy Johnson and photos by Ashawari Chaudhuri, Amy Johnson, and Lan Li. In her Welcome speech for the HASTS 25th Anniversary celebration, Deborah Fitzgerald started with a plea.  Working in the “belly of positivism,” it’s not easy being a science studies scholar at MIT.  But fortunately, we’ve been able to become the best–and only–program of our kind.  History, Anthropology, and STS. “The program was never quite tidy or quite tame,” and sometimes it still feels a bit unruly, always full of surprises. ***** The first panel, Environment, is chaired by Nicole Labruto and moderated by Nate Deshmukh Towery. Etienne […]

Liveblog: Technology, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Liveblog: Technology, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Co-written with Lan Li, with additional help from Julia Fleischhack; photos by Ashawari Chaudhuri and Amy Johnson; Wordle shows program interests between 2000 and 2004. Onward to Technology! Aka the third panel of the HASTS 25th Anniversary Event, introduced by Grace Kim and moderated by Shreeharsh Kelkar. Lindy Biggs (‘87): The Changing Meaning of Work in England’s Early Industrial Period David Lucsko (‘05): Dismantlers or Graveyards? Automotive Salvage in the Twentieth Century Rob Martello (‘01): Paul Revere and Ben Franklin: Artisans, Entrepreneurs, and Boundary Crossers Bill Turkel (‘04): The Hands-On Imperative **** Lindy Biggs (‘87): The Changing Meaning of Work in England’s Early Industrial Period For […]

Liveblog: Health & Biology, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Liveblog: Health & Biology, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Co-written with Lucas Mueller, with additional help from  Julia Fleischhack and Amy Johnson; photos by Ashawari Chaudhuri and Amy Johnson. Wordle shows program interests between 1990-1994.  The Health and Biology panel,  panel #2 at the 25th Anniversary Event, introduced by Marie Burks and moderated by Lan Li. Jennifer Mnookin (‘99): Knowledge, Culture and Forensic Science: What Fingerprint Experts – and Their Critics – Know Anne Pollock (‘07): Health Disparities and American Citizenship Claims Jenny Smith (‘06): From Soup Nuts to Curry-Flavored SPAM, a History of the Science and Politics Behind American Food Aid Jessica Wang (‘95): The Telling Case: Rabies Narratives, Autopsy, […]

Liveblog: Infrastructure & Communication, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Liveblog: Infrastructure & Communication, HASTS 25th Anniversary Event

Co-written with Shreeharsh Kelkar, Lan Li, and Beth Semel, with additional assistance from Julia Fleischhack; photos by Amy Johnson. The Infrastructure & Communication panel, the final panel in the 25th Anniversary Event, introduced by Renee Blackburn and moderated by Ellan Spero: Slava Gerovitch (‘99):  ‘Writing Across the Lines:’ A Parallel Social Infrastructure in Soviet Mathematics in the 1970s Shane Hamilton (‘05): Navigating the Spatial Turn Wade Roush (‘94): History, Journalism, and the Technology of Storytelling Livia Wick (‘06): The Arabic Language, Pedagogy, and the Concept of Crisis   Slava Gerovitch (‘99): ‘Writing Across the Lines:’ A Parallel Social Infrastructure in Soviet Mathematics in the 1970s Historians haven’t […]