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A coincidence is a strange type of fact

A coincidence is a strange kind of fact At the top of Václavksé náměstí, the central artery of Prague, in a solemnly gray but geometrically dynamic Socialist Realist…

Honey, let we tell you! A speculative trans-species storytelling of the Maya Forest borderlands

Note: This is a piece of speculative fiction inspired by an Ursula K. Le Guin story. While, sadly, the ability to read complex bee texts is not “real,”…

COVID-19: Views from the Field

COVID-19, or the vernacular “coronavirus,” hardly needs an introduction. By the time of this writing, there are over 1.2 million active cases spread across nearly every country worldwide….

Human Placenta, Birth Cohorts, and the Production of Epigenetic Knowledge by Martine Lappé

Precious Material Over the past decade, the Canadian university-based Epigenetics Lab has become increasingly central to the production of knowledge about human health and development.[1] During m…

Ep #52: An exploration of truth & trust: This month on TFS

Welcome to our first podcast of 2020! And to kick of the new year season of TFS, we are joined by the lovely Kirsty Wissing, PhD candidate from…

Confronting constructs with cataclysms in neuroepigenetics by Elsher Lawson-Boyd

I went to a Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference in Melbourne recently and listened to a panel of social scientists share their work about psychological disorders. There…

Jasmine Folz on her dissertation

Page 99 of my dissertation about free and open source software in India begins with a description of children dancing at a community centre in a Bengaluru slum….

Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life by Naomi Zucker

Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life. Ruha Benjamin, Ed. Duke University Press, 2019. 416 pages. “How might we craft a just…

Critical Imagination at the Intersection of STS Pedagogy and Research

*This post was co-authored by Emily York and Shannon Conley* In 2017, we established the STS Futures Lab—a space to critically interrogate plausible sociotechnical futures and to develop…

Archiving for the Anthropocene: Notes from the Field Campus

On a chilly Sunday afternoon in March, our Field Campus group walked through downtown Granite City, Illinois. Located just 6 miles north of St. Louis, the downtown was…

Staging Seizure: The Chronic Contingency of Epilepsy Diagnosis by Megh Marathe

Epilepsy is a chronic illness and disability characterized by recurrent, unpredictable seizures. Epileptic seizures are transient events during which people lose control over all or parts of body-min…

Ep #46 Reconfigurable: Elanor Huntington talks engineering, anthropology, & how we’re making our world

“Not only do we need engineers working alongside anthropologists to do good quality engineering, I also think that we need to do an anthropology of engineers… Engineers are…

Choreographies of magic and mess: AusSTS in Melbourne and Darwin

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….

homunculus Revolts: Re-Figuring the Neurological Subject by Zoë Wool

Figuring a Grotesque Norm 1954 Homunculus: Penfield Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine This hand drawn illustration rendered in black ink shows two mirror image outlines…

Ep. #44: Digitising Migrants: Annalisa Pelizza on the European immigration crisis in an age of Big Data

“Migration issues in Europe are a hot topic right now – it’s not news that they have been used in the last 50 years as a way to…

Deepfakes, words vs actions, hatred in anthropology and social dissociation: This month on TFS (Re-Release)

On this month’s panel episode, digital anthropologist Dr Stephanie Betz (5:50) discusses “deepfakes”. It’s been possible to doctor images to a very high degree of believability for a…

How do you do interdisciplinarity? by Roberta Pala

The AusSTS Interdisciplinary workshop took place at Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia from the 3rd to the 5th of July 2019. The workshop quite literally started with a…

Ep. #42: Economies of Openness: Ros Attenborough on cultures of trust, exclusion & generosity in STS

“All of these questions deserve…just that little bit extra thought about what would openness look like for my study and in my discipline? What would it achieve? What…

Students as laboratory labor

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…

Anti-Queer Violence, Bearing Witness, and Thinking with Algorithms on Social Media

(Nota: Esta publicación está disponible en español aquí.) In early June 2019, news began to break concerning the death of a Salvadoran transgender woman, Johana Medina León, of…

Ep. #38 When good intention isn’t enough: Jacqui Hoepner on morally repulsive public health research & academic freedom

“I went into this thinking that objectivity and neutrality were the Name of the Game. That you couldn’t do good research if you were in any way biased…

Ep. #34 Knowledge Making: Emma Kowal talks Indigenous health care, difference & genomics

“A lot of what individual white anti-racists, as I called them, but also the broader policy frameworks are struggling with is the question of how do we enact…

The Abortion Green Scarf as a Boundary Object: Beyond the Curse of the Left by Mara Dicenta

Science and Technology Studies (STS) can engage with social movements in a variety of forms. STS scholarship has provided methods, theories, and concepts related to how information and…

Ep. #32 ‘Hula Hoops not Bicycles’: Genevieve Bell talks Anthropology, Technology & Building the Future

“We were bringing the voices of people that didn’t get inside the building, inside the building and making them count. And I took that as an incredible responsibility,…