CISP Salon: STS Then & Now – Postcolonial STS
March 15 (Wednesday) 2017
3:00pm-5:00pm, 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 fourth CISP Salon on Wednesday March 15, we will discuss texts that use postcolonial frames for studying of science and technology. We will begin with Harding’s “Is Science Multicultural?” to understand and question claims of universal science. We will then discuss how these questions inform Smith’s study of DNA identification. The required reading is as follows:
- Harding, S.G., 1994. Is Science Multicultural?: Challenges, Resources, Opportunities, Uncertainties. Configurations 2, 301–330.
- Smith, L.A., 2016. Identifying Democracy: Citizenship, DNA, and Identity in Postdictatorship Argentina. Science, Technology, & Human Values 41, 1037–1062.