As unlikely as it may seem, small utopias are all around us.
July at BISR: Anthropology and Ethnographic Theory
Starting July 9th, I’m teaching Anthropology at Ethnographic Theory at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research class! We’ll explore some long-time concerns of anthropologists, like kinship, economy, and the boundaries of “the human”.
EPIC 2018 Salon: Ethnography and AI
We are moving into a world in which artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the spaces we engage with and through and changing our prosthetic capabilities. What does this mean for ethnographic praxis?
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.
July 12-13: Cyborg Anthropology Workshop
This workshop, offered through my research group Implosion Labs in Brooklyn, NY, provides a deep dive into cyborg theory and cyborg anthropology. The workshop will explore how a cyborg anthropology approach uniquely combines grounded research on the realities of human-technology interactions with an openness to speculation and imagination.
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.
AAA 2017 CFP: Bodies and Their Boundaries
Inspired by multispecies ethnography and science studies approaches, this panel proposes that we reconsider relationships between humans and other species through a lens of play–not just play for fun, but play that matters, that engages, tests, challenges, and remakes how one is in the world.
AAA 2017 CFP: Value and Valuation in Biomedicine
This panel, organized by the Science, Technology and Medicine special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, builds on recent efforts in science studies and anthropology to open up the “black box” of valuation processes in technoscientific domains.
Disaster Capitalism: Starts February 2nd!
Disaster Capitalism at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research starts Thursday, February 2nd at The Workmen’s Circle (247 West 37th St 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018).
New Course in NYC: Anthropology and Ethnographic Theory starts Nov 21
Developed as a tool for colonial empire-building at the close of the 19th century, the ethnographic method has emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as an important practice for telling the stories of the oppressed and demanding social change. How did this transformation take place, and what does it mean for the future of how human societies study and understand themselves?