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 …
The past month has been a big
one for the moon. There was a total solar
across Chile and Argentina on July 2, a partial lunar
visible nearly everywhere except North America on July 16, and a black supermoon on July 31 over North
America. On July 22, India launched
its Chandrayaan-2 space probe, marking ISRO’s second …
Earlier this month, Atul Gawande, physician-author and new CEO of the yet-to-be defined health venture formed by JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon, published the long-form New Yorker article, “Why Doctors Hate their Computers.” The article describes rising rates of physician burnout attributed to poor work-life balance, long hours, and exorbitant amounts of time spent on chart review and data …
What characterises STS in different regions? What kinds of research projects, educational programs, and people are doing STS around the world? What problems exist in different regions? Can we draw comparisons and remark on differences between regional practices unproblematically? And, inevitably, what is STS? These are some of the questions that recurred in this year’s 4S conference. We may …
The main challenge in running a seminar on the anthropology of attention is that such a thing doesn’t exist.* While anthropologists often think quite deeply about attention, worrying about our own noticing practices or what our interlocutors focus on, we rarely write about the concept head-on. When we do write about attention, we rarely problematize it in the way we …
Digital Food Activism
Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan and Stanley Ulijaszek (eds.)
Routledge Series in Critical Food Studies, 2018, 234 pages
A Swiss academic scans the barcode on her plastic water bottle. The bottle touts itself as ‘Swiss mountain water’, but the app that decodes the barcode quickly dispels that image: the company is a subsidiary of …