The Participant: A Century of Participation in Four Stories
Christopher M. Kelty
University of Chicago Press, 2020. 344 pages.
A book about participation? Chris Kelty’s delightful new book begins by giving voice to his audience’s likely incredulity. Mimicking the standard response to the project, he launches with the question, “Participation in what?” In everything and nothing, of course. He notes …
The McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) has garnered significant attention for its epigenetic models of suicide risk. These models suggest that early life adversity may set people on pathways of neurobiological vulnerability and, ultimately, suicide risk, which are correlated with distinctive epigenetic traits. While the core of this epigenetic and neuroscientific research is carried out on the donated brains …
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,