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On July 20th the food crisis in the Horn of Africa was officially declared a famine. In David Keen’s 1994 book The Benefits of Famine he argues that famines are “naturalised” as “disasters”, and that this naturalisation obscures the processes which cause hunger, the “identifiable forces within the province of rational human control” Susan George wrote of in her 1974 …

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A report on the 2010 4S conference in Tokyo

Contributed by Talia Weiner (University of Chicago)

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference this August was not just a site of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarly exchange, or a good excuse to plan a trip to Japan.  It offered, in the almost endearingly undertheorized words of the Society’s online Annual Meeting announcement, no less than “a chance …