From Norbert Wiener’s hearing glove, to Clynes and Kline’s metabolically extended mouse, to cyborgs in science fiction, cyborgs figure centrally in speculating about how humans will transcend their bodies and the planet Earth for new frontiers of place, function, and sensation. This post is adapted from a talk given at the Transpecies Society in Barcelona, Spain in January 2019.
This guide is intended as a resource for students and others interested in current research and controversies on emerging digital technologies, ethics, and society. I compiled it for my Fall 2018 classes to assist students in researching and writing their final papers.
This talk offered a brief exploration of two contemporary food subcultures – that of instagram celebrities and that of the food allergy community. As technology-driven proposals about the future of food proliferate, the issue of what social forms they may reproduce should be problematized in innovation, research, and public discourse.
On March 30, 2018, I led the workshop How Like a Cyborg: Rethinking the Agency of Users and Things in Innovation at the Social Innovation, Social Justice: Rethinking Design Anthropology symposium at the University of Cincinnati.
In the nineteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research, I sat down with colleagues Ajay Siingh Chaudhary and BISR research associate Jeffrey Escoffier to discuss the recent history of public health policy in New York City and how it fits with – and at times resists – Michel Foucault’s concept of “biopolitics”.
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.
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.
Listen to me and my colleague reflect upon Donna Haraway’s newest book, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene in Episode 17 of BISR’s Podcast for Social Research.
Follow along with my notes from my most recent read-through of this canonical STS and feminist theory essay.
New medical technologies often challenge and remake frameworks for evaluating the ethics of biomedical procedures. This panel, organized by the Science, Technology, and Medicine section of the Society for Medical Anthropology, seeks to deepen the conversation about what happens when new medical tools come up against existing ethical sensibilities.
There are some of the things I am reading, listening to, following, and experiencing as we develop the PIP VR exhibition.