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Cues for Ethnography in Pandamning Times: Thinking with Digital Sociality in the Covid-19 Pandemic by Alder Keleman Saxena

Alder Keleman Saxena , May 31st, 2020


Covid-19 has made the world strange. For many, efforts to stall the pandemic have initiated an unprecedented enclosure of our lives within the familiar walls of our homes,…


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Platypus Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

Baird Campbell , May 5th, 2020


In celebration and recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, take a look back at some of our favorite past posts from and about the region….


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“It can be seen” – COVID-19’s Disasters for Workers by Hannah Borenstein

Hannah Borenstein , April 10th, 2020


Ethiopia, where I am currently doing dissertation fieldwork, reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, 2020. But for runners who work in transnational sport, COVID-19 had…


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Who feeds (on) whom? Labour and the porosity of environments and bodies by Victoria Stead

Victoria Stead , March 19th, 2020


Hannah Landecker writes about the new metabolism as “a model in which food enters the body and in a sense never leaves it, because food transforms the organism’s…


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Discard Studies Solidarity Strike

Max Liboiron , March 10th, 2020


The field of discard studies is united by a critical framework that questions premises of what seems normal or given, what is valued and not valued, and the…


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Art, Algorithms, and the Physicality of the Virtual

Rebecca Perry , January 7th, 2020


Star Wars’ legion of fans were rewarded in rewarded in December 2019 with the long-awaited release of Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, filled with state-of-the-art computer graphics….


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Myths of the Circular Economy

guestauth0r , November 18th, 2019


Discard studies spoke with three leading waste researchers about the biggest myths of the circular economy.


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Placing discard studies in Australia

guestauth0r , November 11th, 2019


Australian discard studies scholars Catherine Phillips, David Boarder Giles, and Gay Hawkins discuss intellectual traditions, settler colonialism, and the future of the field.


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On reproductive work and family, again by Cinzia Greco

Cinzia Greco , November 5th, 2019


Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family Sophie Lewis Verso, 2019. 224 pages. In the first segment of the 1963 Oscar-winning anthology film Ieri, Oggi e Domani, Sophia Loren…


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No insides on the outsides

Josh Lepawsky , September 23rd, 2019


“The main goal and mission of a content moderator is to clean up the dirt.” — unnamed content moderator in The Cleaners (00:06:20). All systems must rid themselves…


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“India’s Gig-work Economy” Roundtable

noopur raval , September 5th, 2019


This roundtable discussion marks the end of our series on India’s Gig-work Economy. In this discussion, we reflect on methods, challenges, inter-subjectivities and possible future directions for…


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Choreographies of magic and mess: AusSTS in Melbourne and Darwin

Jennifer Macdonald , August 21st, 2019


As the presenter encouraged the academics in the room to consider what it means for nanotechnology to sell itself as ‘magic’, boots appeared outside the window behind him….


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Power Chronography of Food-Delivery Work

noopur raval , August 15th, 2019


*A note from Co-PI Noopur Raval: The arrival and rise of gig-work globally has ushered in a new wave of conversations around the casualization of labor and the…


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Ladies ‘Log’: Women’s Safety and Risk Transfer in Ridehailing

Anushree Gupta , August 1st, 2019


*A note from Co-PI Noopur Raval: The arrival and rise of gig-work globally has ushered in a new wave of conversations around the casualization of labor and the precarious…


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Students as laboratory labor

Caitlin Wylie , July 16th, 2019


What is the role of students in universities? There are ongoing contentious debates and campus protests about whether graduate students should be considered employees with the right to…


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The Very Modern Problem of Human Slavery

Eric Montgomery , June 27th, 2019


More than 70 percent of enslaved people today are women and girls—such as this woman from Nepal, who was sold by her parents as a child. Jonas Gratzer/Getty…


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Lilly Irani on her book, Chasing Innovation

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https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13362.html Lilly Irani, in conversation with Christopher Kelty (Note: Interview was transcribed, unlike many other interviews on this site which are conducted by e…


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Dumbwaiters and Smartphones: The Responsibility of Intelligence

Scott W Schwartz , March 26th, 2019


“I don’t have to drink alone,” she paused for comedic effect, “now that I have Alexa.” Thus was the punchline of a story told by a widowed octogenarian…


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Out-of-Body Workspaces: Andy Serkis and Motion Capture Technologies

Rebecca Perry , March 19th, 2019


Upper image, production shot of live action actor James Franco (Left) and Andy Serkis, with digital character superimposed (Right). Lower image, the finished shot of live action and…


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America’s Postindustrial Futures

Chloe Ahmann , November 28th, 2018


Frank stands at the site of his last job, which was at a chemical company. Chloe Ahmann In 1963, Frank* was fired from his job at American Dredging….


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Web Roundup: Trapped in the Tar Pit by Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch , November 16th, 2018


Earlier this month, Atul Gawande, physician-author and new CEO of the yet-to-be defined health venture formed by JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon, published the long-form New Yorker…


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Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Stories

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


In a climate of pervasive narratives of wealth creation and success, how can anthropology hold corporate and tech sectors to account? In March 2014, Business Insider published the…


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Respect, care, and labor in collaborative scholarly projects by Nayantara Sheoran Appleton

Nayantara Sheoran Appleton , July 2nd, 2018


As members of Somatosphere’s Editorial Collaborative, we have been following the unfolding crisis surrounding Hau with profound concern (Agro 2018, Flaherty 2018). As others have noted, this crisis…


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The Labor of Racism

Guest Contributor , May 7th, 2018


By: Dána-Ain Davis One night in early 2018, a doula-friend of mine, Josie who is white, sent me a photo of a Black woman sitting in a wheelchair….


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