Books

Gitelman’s Paper Knowledge and Kafka’s The Demon of Writing

Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents
Duke University Press, 2012, 224 pages

by Lisa Gitelman

 

The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork
Zone Books, 2012, 208 pages

by Ben Kafka

 

Ben Kafka and Lisa Gitelman, colleagues at New York University, have both written books about the intricate nature of paper as a medium. While …

Books

Michelle Murphy’s Seizing the Means of Reproduction

Seizing the Means of Reproduction
Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience

by Michelle Murphy

Duke University Press, 2012.  259 pages

 

In the 1970s throughout the United States and Canada, health emerged as a feminist category around which a set of projects and goals crystallized and then diffused.  Michelle Murphy’s book Seizing the Means of Reproduction begins in California with …

Features

On dialogue: disability studies and science & technology studies

I am grateful to Somatosphere for inviting to me to write a post for the blog. I was asked to write about the relationship between disability studies and science and technology studies (STS). So in this blog post, I want to explore some particular ways of thinking about this relationship.

I have been writing for some time now about the …

Books

The High Table: When Metaphor Becomes History – a review of “The Paleobiological Revolution” (Sepkoski and Ruse, eds.)

The Paleobiological Revolution
Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

Edited by David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

University of Chicago Press, 2009

 

To show that the facts of paleontology were consistent with the mechanisms of natural selection and geographical speciation…rather the to propose novel mechanisms…the attitude of population geneticists to any paleontologists rash enough to offer a contribution to

Features

Putting Science in its Place

In some corners of anthropology, it has been said that science studies lacks a robust sense of place. But many capable ethnographers have brought labs, hospital suites, and production facilities to life, giving readers a granular sense for what distinguishes these sites from other milieux. What, precisely, might be missing? Consider the word “place.” As science studies scholars have repeatedly …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: The Gut Microbiome and our Bacterial Selves

Attempts at understanding the true nature our innermost selves has long been a human preoccupation. Are our inner worlds populated with repressed memories and persistent neuroses? Or perhaps our genes direct and define us even as they hide in the interior spaces of our interior spaces? Well, now there is a new contender in the hidden constitution of human selfhood: …