Reading aloud together, we will grapple with what it means to do science and technology as situated practices that are always making the world around us, for better or worse.
Most people think that science is about finding out what makes up the natural and social world and how it all works. We will read texts that consider, instead, what it means to do science as situated practices that are always making or transforming the world around us—rather than thinking of science and as specialized disciplines that discover something about the way reality already is. With the question “what kind of world do we want to make?” guiding our time together, we will read aloud from texts by Science Technology and Society (STS) theorists who show that there are other ways to do that do not rely on discovering “facts” about a reality that is separate from our ways of being, knowing, and doing in the world.
Laurel Schneider, “Monotheism, western science, and the theory of everything,” in Beyond Monotheism: A Theology of Multiplicity
John Law, “STS as Method,” in The handbook of science and technology studies
John Law, “What’s wrong with a one-world world?,” in Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory
Shannon Mattern, “Executable Spatial Scripts” and Wesley Goatley, “Against Transparency,” in Supra Systems
Eli Clare, “Ideology of Cure,” in Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
Linda Hogan, “A Different Yield,” in Religion & Literature
Jay Johnson and Brian Murton, “Re/placing native science: Indigenous voices in contemporary constructions of nature,” in Geographical Research
Kim TallBear, “Why Interspecies Thinking Needs Indigenous Standpoints” in Cultural Anthropology
Alexis Shotwell, excerpts from Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times
Helene Frichôt, excerpts from How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool
Sarah Franklin, “Staying with the Manifesto: An Interview with Donna Haraway,” in Theory, Culture & Society
Mathew Arthur and Reuben Jentink, “Composting Settler Nationalisms,” in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry
Joseph Dumit, “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time,” Cultural Anthropology (Part I)
Joseph Dumit, “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time,” Cultural Anthropology (Part II)