Over the past decade, the Canadian university-based
Epigenetics Lab has become increasingly central to the production of knowledge
about human health and development.
During my first visit there, Daniel, one of three technicians in the lab, is
visibly stressed. He apologizes for not being more relaxed. He has been up all
night worried about a shipment of …
I went to a Science and Technology Studies
(STS) conference in Melbourne recently and listened to a panel of social
scientists share their work about psychological disorders. There was no doubt I
had stakes in being there; I study embodiment and trauma and so I knew what I
was hoping to hear. I sat, in anticipation, waiting to hear about …
Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life.
Ruha Benjamin, Ed.
Duke University Press, 2019. 416 pages.
“How might we craft a justice-oriented approach to
technoscience?” asks Ruha Benjamin in the introduction to Captivating
Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in
Everyday Life (11). This question is at the core of the book’s project,
knitting together …
Epilepsy is a chronic
illness and disability characterized by recurrent, unpredictable seizures. Epileptic
seizures are transient events during which people lose control over all or parts
of body-mind function. This can result in the rhythmic twisting of a person’s
wrist, sudden inexplicable feelings of joy, or involuntary spasms of the whole
body. Since antiquity, epilepsy has occupied healers, philosophers, physicians,
Figuring a Grotesque
Penfield Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine This hand drawn illustration rendered in black ink shows two mirror image outlines of cross sections of the cerebral cortex comprised of segmented lines each of which is labeled with the part of the body to which that part of the brain corresponds. Curving around
The AusSTS Interdisciplinary
workshop took place at Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia from the 3rd
to the 5th of July 2019.
The workshop quite
literally started with a confession of the feeling of insecurity that surfaces
when you step into an interdisciplinary setting. Cordelia Fine, opening Keynote
of the 3-day workshop, began her lecture ‘50 Shades of Grey …