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STS Calendar
June 4th: Nicolas Rasmussen, "Measuring Fatness and its Hazards: Precision Adiposometry vs. a 1950s Public Health Campaign against Obesity"
May 29th: Dusan Bjelic, "Molecular Colonialism: the Case of Cocaine"
STS coffee
STS coffee
Bonnie Ruberg - Video Games Have Always Been Queer
STS Coffee
Alva Noe, "Styles of Seeing"
Jan 30: Sherryl Vint, "Living in Post-Vital Times"
A Food for Thought Event: RSVP requested
April 4th: STS Colloquium with Gwen Ottinger, "From Sensing to Sense-Making: the Next Frontier in Citizen Science"
Please rsvp:
Mycelial Gaming in the Fungal Queendom
A game by Stephanie Maroney, Anuj Vaidya, Mercedes Villalba
STS Coffee
Kris Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan, "Multi-scalar, Multi-si(gh)ted"
A conversation on methods and ethnographic research design with Kris Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan Conversation will be based on pre-circulated materials and short presentations from the speakers. Please RSVP at to receive materials. Kris Peterson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine. She is the author of Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke, 2014) and is currently working on several projects. The first studies failed HIV-related clinical trials in several African countries (with Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan). A second project on “viral geopolitics” examines how four resilient and changing viruses in West Africa and the Sahel index political struggles and geopolitical formations underway since September 11, 2001. A third project is a handbook that teaches how to conceptualize and implement multiscalar ethnography in dissertation projects and beyond (with Valerie Olson). She will speak about the latter as well as graduate training in research design. Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Professor of Anthropology at University of Chicago. He works on the political economy of the life sciences and biomedicine, and is the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke, 2007), editor of Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets (Duke, 2012), and author of Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine (Duke, 2017). He is beginning a new research project which looks at intersections between health and law in South Africa and India. He has just completed a book on the praxis of multi-sited ethnography, "Multi-si(gh)ted", currently under consideration by University of Chicago Press, and will speak to some of the concerns and arguments of the book. co-sponsored by Sociocultural Anthropology Colloquium and Science and Technology Studies
Symposium: Nothingness/Emptiness/Absence
What is emptiness? Why is there very little academic vocabulary to talk about emptiness and nothingness? Clearly, since its metaphysical foundations in classic Greek thought, the notion of Being has occupied a privileged position in Western philosophy. To talk about being is just common sense; yet to talk about emptiness is at least paradoxical. What alternative forms of social organization and justice emerge when we consider ourselves as processes (selving) and not as essential substance? The (un)becoming that accompanies becoming-with usually unra- vels into the relatively obscure place of nihilism, in the form of nothingness. This is partially produced because we are trapped in the metaphysics of presence, of positivism. It absents absence; it fills emptiness; it speaks over silences. This one-day symposium invite us to take indeterminancy, negative facts, abscences, nothingness, and emptiness as furniture of the world. This symposium will be a jam conversation between Asian Philosophy, Critical Thinking, the Arts, and Contemporary Physics.
Philosophy Colloquium: Robert Skipper, "PMS and Criminal Responsibility"
James, "Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin"
Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA with Dr. Alondra Nelson
Please RSVP for this Feminist Seminar, as lunch will be served. Presented by Gender, Sexuality & Womens' Studies, co-sponsored by STS.
"Figuring Opacity"
Asbjørn Grønstad (University of Bergen) presents his research on the subject of opacity in visual culture, tracing the predilection for low definition from classical film theory to the digital era.
The NO!!!BOT: A Performance by Praba Pilar
Fictionalizing Anthropology: The Inescapable Creativity of Research and Writing with Stuart McLean
RSVP for a Food For Thought event presented by STS and the Anthropology Colloquium Series, including a poetry and video session, with Stuart McLean.
Screening of The Land Beneath Our Feet, Dir. Sarita Siegel & Gregg Mitman (Environments and Societies Colloquium)