Respect, care, and labor in collaborative scholarly projects

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 has revealed multiple structural issues that deserve intense engagement beyond the specifics of the individual case: open-access (OA), digital scholarship and publication, yes, but also academic power, precarity, and vulnerability;


Call for submissions: STM Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the SMA is pleased to welcome submissions for the STM Graduate Student Paper Prize.

This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues in science, technology, or medicine. These issues include:

  •  How scientific research, technological transformation and professional medicine inform public health policy and

Keywords on Transcriptions

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Concepts are the tools of our trade, enabling us to analytically capture a situation, bring new insights to it, and rethink the frame within which a problem has been articulated. For this reason, concepts may be considered to have a performative function, shaping not only what comes to be known but also the nature of intervention this knowledge generates. In …


The Science, Technology and Medicine Interest Group at the AAAs

Three announcements from the SMA’s Science, Technology and Medicine Interest Group in anticipation of the upcoming AAA meetings in Montreal:

(1) First, the coordinating committee would like to thank everyone who helped organize panels during the past year (2010-2011). We are looking forward to congratulating you in person at the AAAs. In case you cannot attend, however, we thank you …


Book Review Essay: Nguyen’s The Republic of Therapy

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The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS.

By Vinh-Kim Nguyen.

Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

Pp. 256. ISBN 9780822348740. (Paperback, US $ 22.95)

Reviewed by Betsey Brada (Princeton University)

In The Republic of Therapy, Vinh-Kim Nguyen traces responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Francophone West Africa between 1994, when effective …


Book Review: Klaits’ Death in a Church of Life

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Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana’s Time of AIDS. By Frederick Klaits. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2010. Pp. 368. Paperback US$ 29.95 ISBN 9780520259669.

Review by Betsey Brada (University of Chicago)

Home to one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates, the southern African Republic of Botswana has drawn increasing attention over the …

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