Ditching techno-utopia, how might technology–widely imagined–play a role in anthropologies yet to come? What new forms of knowledge production can be birthed through performative play? How can epistemologies and experiences beyond whiteness shape (academic) cultures yet-to-be? Can anti-racist research and making materialize spaces, technologies, and experiences that are enlivened by principles of afrofuturism, indigeneity, intuition, and collective well-being?
Wakanda University at AAA 2018
This year’s American Anthropology Association(AAA) theme is Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation. The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology brings Wakanda University to the AAA as an embodiment of all three of these principles. Wakanda University at the AAA will be an ethnofuture space beyond whiteness that challenges anthropology from the ground up.
#designfail at Nerd Nite NYC
Design is increasingly a dominant idiom for creation, innovation, research, and critique. But what makes a “good” design? Why do some designs draw public ire and mockery, while others go unnoticed or are embraced? The answers to these question are not just about the practice of design, but also our ethical commitments to common social goods.
CFP: 2017 Science, Technology, and Medicine Graduate Paper Prize
The Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to welcome submissions for the 2017 STM Graduate Student Paper Prize. This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues in science, technology, and medicine. Deadline is July 1st, 2017.
Biofinance: Speculation, Risk, Debt, and Value from Bios: A conference report
How does the financialization of life itself figure as a new means of producing value in modern technoscience? That is the question that motivated Kirk Fiereck to convene the panel “Biofinance: Speculation, Risk, Debt, and Value from Bios” at the 2016 American Anthropological Association meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota last November.
The Moral Life of Epinephrine in the United States
I’m pleased to announce that my peer-reviewed scholarly article, titled “The Moral Life of Epinephrine in the United States,” has now been published on the open-access medical anthropology journal, Medicine Anthropology Theory!
Writing and Representation: When to Lump and When to Split?
Happy Food Allergy Bloggers Conference weekend! I know, I know, it’s over. I’m in the airport, looking forward to sleeping … More
Postscript to Purity and Danger: New Gluten-Free Labeling Rules Go Into Effect
Since I was a bit out of the loop with teaching for part of the summer, I missed the news … More
Purity and Danger
As I prepare a presentation for my field’s international scientific conference next month (Society for the Social Studies of Science, … More
Reflecting on the History of Medicine, Part 1
For three weeks this summer, I was a teaching assistant for an intensive summer course on the history of medicine. … More
Medicine and Morality
As those of you following me on Twitter may have noticed, I spent much of the past month writing a … More
The Social Function of Medical Objects
This past weekend, I finished a first version of a paper I’ve been thinking about writing for several months. I … More
What Can Ethnography Do for Food Allergies?
Unless you were an anthropology major in college, it’s pretty likely that you haven’t heard of the research technique called … More