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CISP Salon

About the salon

The CISP Salon is an ongoing forum where CISP members and others meet to exchange ideas and discuss their research interests. During the Autumn and Spring terms (2016-2017), the salon will focus on the evolution of theories and methods in Science and Technology Studies (STS). At each session, we will discuss two texts in conversation with one another, to trace how concepts have changed through time within the field. With this format, 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.

CISP Salon 2016-2017: STS Then & Now

Organisers: Baki Cakici and Jess Perriam (Sociology)

Salon 1: Cyborgs
27 October 2016
3pm-6pm, Warmington Tower 1204
Required reading:

  • Haraway, D.J., 1991. A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Routledge, 149–181.
  • Oudshoorn, N., 2016. The Vulnerability of Cyborgs: The Case of ICD Shocks. Science, Technology & Human Values 41, 767–792.


Salon 2: Configuration
30 November 2016
3-6pm, Warmington Tower 1204
Required reading:

  • Suchman, L., 1987. “Human-Machine Communication”, in Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication. Cambridge University Press.
  • Grimes, S.M., 2015. Configuring the Child Player. Science, Technology & Human Values 40, 126-148.


Salon 3: Infrastructure
18 January 2017
4-6pm, Warmington Tower 1204
Required reading:

  • Star, S. L. 1999. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43 (3): 377–91.
  • Donovan, J., 2016. “Can You Hear Me Now?” Phreaking the Party Line from Operators to Occupy. Information, Communication & Society 19, 601–617.


Salon 4: Postcolonial STS
15 March 2017
3-5pm, Warmington Tower 1204
Required reading:

  • 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.