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CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure (Jan 18, 2017)


CISP Salon - Infrastructures

CISP Salon poster designed by Naho Matsuda.


CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Infrastructure
January 18 (Wednesday) 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm, Warmington Tower 1204

Over the past 40 years, Science and Technology Studies (STS) has grown with contributions from many disciplines, sometimes leading to complicated genealogies concerning its many theoretical commitments. During the Autumn and Spring terms, we will meet to discuss two texts in conversation with each other to trace how theories and methods have changed over time. With this reinvention of the CISP Salon, we aim to offer an entry point to STS for those new to the field, as well as providing a new discussion for those familiar with the literature.

At the third CISP Salon on Wednesday January 18, we will discuss how the notion of infrastructure has changed and been studied over time. We will begin with Star’s Ethnography of Infrastructure to understand the methodological issues surrounding the study of infrastructure. We will then discuss how these issues appear in Donovan’s study of social movements and their use of communications infrastructure. The required reading is as follows:

Donovan, J. 2016. “‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ Phreaking the Party Line from Operators to Occupy.” Information, Communication & Society 19 (5): 601–17.

Star, S. L. 1999. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43 (3): 377–91.

Please contact Baki Cakici () or Jess Perriam () for any queries. We look forward to seeing you!

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