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Month: May, 2016

New Publication: “Building Nature in Detroit”

I have a piece in the Spring 2016 edition of gnovis. It’s a short(ish) paper about  tracking green urban imaginaries and subtle racial exclusions in the enthusiasm for urban agriculture. You can check it out (open access!) here.


Comps List 2

Epistemologies of Technology List

Some preliminary questions: How do technological systems, machines, apparatuses, and practices shape the conditions of knowledge? How does the practice of thinking with and through technology structure a social world, yet differ from a classic SCOT approach to STS? Does this mechanic of worldmaking predispose one to potentially problematic forms of techno-political thinking?

STS Methods

Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (selections)

Thomas P. Hughes, Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture

Bruno Latour, Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies (selections)

Andrew Pickering, The Mangle of Practice

Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity

Harry Collins, Tacit and Explicit Knowledge

Paul Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchist Theory of Knowledge (selections)


Feminist/Queer STS

Sandra Harding, Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research

Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway

Judy Wajcman, Feminism Confronts Technology

Michelle Murphy, Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers

Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges: the Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.” In Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature.” Routledge, 1991.

Jeremy Cohen and Lowell Duckert, eds. Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

Alandra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice

Ruth Cowan, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave


History of Technology

Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air-Pump:Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life

Leo Marx, “Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept.” Technology and Culture 51, no. 3 (2010): 561–77.

Bowker and Starr, Sorting things out. The politics of taxonomy & ontologies

James Beniger, The Control Revolution

Nicole Starosielski, The Undersea Network

Donald McKenzie, The Social Shaping of Technology

Thierry Bardini, Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Coevolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing

Nikolai Krementsov. A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science. (e-book)



Bernard Siegert, Cultural Techniques

EP Thompson, “Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism.” Past and Present 38 (Dec 1967): 56-97.

Ulrich Beck, “Risk society and the Provident State.” In Risk, Environment & Modernity: Towards a New Ecology. Ed. Scott Lash, Bronislaw Szarzynski, and Brian Wynne: 27-43.. Sage, 1996.

Donald McKenzie, ”Nuclear Missile Testing and the Social Construction of Accuracy.” In The Science Studies Reader ed. Mario Bagioli 342-357.

James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population

Laura Kurgan, Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics

Janet Vertesi, Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars

Langdon Winner. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” Daedalus 109: 121-136.

Madeleine Akrich, “The De-Scription of Technical Objects.” In Shaping Technology, Building Society: Studies in Sociotechnical Change. Cambridge, MA:MIT 2000.

Bruno Latour, “Where are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts.”

Pickering, The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future

Chandra Mukerji, Territorial Ambitions of the Gardens of Versailles