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Alchemy, Metallurgy, and Modern Chemistry in Post-Medieval Europe: An Intersection of Archaeological Science and the History of Science

Yi-Ting Hsu , November 2nd, 2021


Oil on Canvas of a experimental demonstration, public domain What is the first image conjured up in your mind by the word “alchemy”? Influenced by popular culture, it…


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How People Actually Use Their Smartphones

Laura Haapio-Kirk and Georgiana Murariu , October 28th, 2021


[no-caption] John Cei Douglas In 2022, the smartphone, first introduced by IBM, will celebrate its 30th birthday. Most of us now use a smartphone every day—whether we like…


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West African Migration: The Dangers of a Single Story

Alice Hertzog , October 19th, 2021


“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”  Chimamanda Ngozi…


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Fetishes or Cyborgs? Religion as technology in the Afro-Atlantic space

Giovanna Capponi , October 12th, 2021


(Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of the Thematic Series Data Swarms Revisited) Exú, the trickster god, Axé Ilé Oba – São Paulo (photo by Giovanna Capponi)…


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GAA 2021 Conference Diary: Atmospheric Discussions?

Tabea Scharrer , October 11th, 2021


In collaboration with the conference organisers, Allegra had reached out to a number of colleagues to submit some impressions in the form of “daily diaries” from the recent…


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#A future history of water: Andrea Ballestero’s response

Andrea Ballestero , October 10th, 2021


When encountering the generosity of brilliant colleagues, one can only start with gratitude. Add to that a historical moment when a virus has reconfigured the languages, spaces, and…


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How Will We Remember Coal?

Jessica M. Smith , September 30th, 2021


Aging coal mine equipment sits on display in Gillette, Wyoming. Jessica M. Smith This article was originally published at Platypus, the blog of the Committee for the Anthropology…


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Ethnographic Film at the Crossroads

Christos Varvantakis , July 29th, 2021


Ethnographic film is blooming Ethnographic film, however loosely defined, is blooming. While to track and map the entire production of ethnographic film appears next-to impossible, I want to…


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Amazon Sidewalk Needs our Trust for its Security

S.A. Applin , July 16th, 2021


On June 8, 2021, Amazon deployed an “opt-in” way for people to enable the company to expand its private network into communities, creating infrastructure to peddle even more…


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Like, Share, Comment, and Follow: Labor and Capital on Instagram

Lakshita Malik , July 14th, 2021


Screenshot of the Instagram profile of the influencer discussed in the blog. Social media content creator Ishita Mangal (@ishitamangal) uploaded a post with multiple slides on her Instagram…


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Mediated Intimacies: Teletherapy and the Changing Face of American Mental Healthcare by Rebecca J. Lester

Rebecca J. Lester , June 23rd, 2021


“Hello?  Hello? Can you hear me?”  “I can, but your head is cut off.  I just see your neck.  Can you hear me?” “Yeah, yeah, I hear you. &nb…


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Days of Their Lives: The Limits, Possibilities, and Parallels of Media-Ted Research during a Pandemic

Sreenidhi Krishnan , June 17th, 2021


On a regular day, a Hindi soap opera production set in Mumbai is home to upwards of 100 artists and technicians – production associates, actors, make-up artists, costume…


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Not “just tools”: The framework of equivalence and cochlear implants in Jordan by Timothy Y. Loh

Timothy Y. Loh , June 15th, 2021


“Should all deaf children learn sign language?” This seemingly innocuous question was the theme of a roundtable article published in the influential journal Pediatrics in 2015, which compiled…


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‘Silicon health’ for Africa: Understanding the rise and impact of drone logistics by René Umlauf

René Umlauf , May 20th, 2021


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, are on the rise. During the ongoing corona crisis their potential to either monitor curfews or to provide contactless deliveries…


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Mediating Mobility: Migration and Brokerage at the Borders of the State

Natasha Raheja , May 17th, 2021


Natasha Raheja (Cornell University) will present on ‘Mediating mobility: Migration and brokerage at the borders of the State’. Elizabeth Challinor (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) will ac…


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Multiple Modes of Being Human

Johannes Schick , May 11th, 2021


(Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of the Thematic Series Data Swarms Revisited) Evolution (photo by and copyright of Oliver Berger) In the last couple of years,…


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Totalizing Infrastructures: Statecraft in the Uyghur Penal Colony

Darren Byler , May 4th, 2021


There were three lanes at the checkpoint in Turpan—an old Uyghur-majority oasis city on the northern reaches of the Taklamakan Desert in Northwest China. Two lanes were fitted…


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A Sandbox for a Specific Type of Narcissist – Clubhouse, the Allure of Live Audio and Dangerous Rabbit Holes

Johannes Lenhard , April 6th, 2021


A nasal voice is rambling on in a long monologue about how to best pitch a startup on Clubhouse when I log on sometime in March. It is…


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Entrepreneurship and Technologies

Johannes Lenhard , April 6th, 2021


Everyone is an entrepreneur – a new ethos is sweeping through our economic world. While the promises of ‘being your own boss’ and ‘deciding about your working hours’…


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Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

Roberto J. González , March 30th, 2021


A campesino checks his cellphone while working in the fields outside of Talea de Castro, Mexico (the mountain village in the distance on the upper left). Agustine Sacha…


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Airbnb’s Location Ratings as Anti-Black Spatial Disinvestment in Washington D.C.

Nina Medvedeva , March 16th, 2021


In 2016, Airbnb host Synta Keeling appeared on NPR’s Hidden Brain to share her story of hosting as a Black woman living east of the Anacostia River. She…


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(Re)Assembling Asias through Science

Tim Quinn , March 9th, 2021


Call for contributions! Over the past two decades, a proliferation of critiques have emerged from a body of critical inter-asian scholarship to challenge, revise, and situate the conventional…


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Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans by Jonathan Zong

Jonathan Zong , February 9th, 2021


The dominant discourse surrounding digital psy technologies such as MindStrong, a teletherapy app designed to detect mental health changes by monitoring changes in typing speed “down to the…


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Indian Food Delivery Networks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nirupama Jayaraman , February 5th, 2021


Over the past decade, the concept of the gig economy has gained momentum in academic discourse. Often linked to temporary employment created by multinational technological corporations through digital…


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