Category Archives: science and scientists

Applications open for E-waste Academy Scientists Edition 2014

The E-waste Academy Scientists Edition (EWAS) has brought together nearly 80 young researchers from around the world, looking at solving the e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. It is now accepting applications, due August 31, for its November event.

CFP: Maintenance and Repair in STS

How questioning maintenance and repair can help discussing such issues as humans and non-humans relationships, materiality and objects agency, matters of concern and matters of care, and more generally the ongoing production of social order?

Social Studies of Science on: Repair, publics, and “body dirt”

The June edition of The Social Studies of Science has three articles of interest to discard studies. STS and discard studies share the conviction that “waste” is not given in nature, but is created, and thus study processes of waste becoming.

Waste-Wilderness: A Conversation between Peter Galison and Smudge Studio

Galison argues that the categories of wastelands and wilderness are far from dichotomous; that their relation is far more intriguing (and disturbing) than a binary of purity and corruption. Removing parts of the earth in perpetuity – for reasons of sanctification or despoilment – alters a central feature of the human self, presenting us in a different relation to the physical world, and raising irreducible questions about who we are when land can be classified, forever, as not for us humans

Crowdsourcing light pollution data: A means of infrastructure awareness?

The Globe at Night project is an international citizen-science campaign to measure the impact of light pollution. It invites citizen-scientists (aka: you) to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Yet, gathering information for a scientific project is really a side effect of the goals of the project, which is to raise awareness of the problem. While my views on awareness campaigns tend toward the critical, in many ways this is a campaign for infrastructural awareness.

It Doesn’t Take a Fireman to Spot a Fire: Fighting Pollution with Citizen Science

In early 2010 LABB introduced the iWitness Pollution Map to help Louisiana residents track pollution and associated health effects in their communities. Today there are over 11,000 reports of petrochemical pollution on the map. The iWitness Pollution Map is an open-source online map that allows anyone with a phone to document and share their experience with pollution via voicemail, text, email or by using the online form.

CFP: Corpses, Technologies, and Cultures

Open Session CFP for the Joint Meeting of Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (ESOCITE) August 20 – 23, 2014 | Buenos Aires, Argentina Corpses, Technologies, and Cultures Organizers: Philip Olson Language: English Dead human bodies occupy physical and cultural spaces in which a wide […]
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Special issue of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Destruction, Art, and the Doomsday Clock

In this special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, authors reflect on how, when and why art has been used to articulate destruction over the past decades. Their essays are a glimpse into the topics that were recently discussed at the 2013 Doomsday Clock Symposium in Washington, DC.

Discard Studies as Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Anthropologist Mary Douglas famously states that “dirt is ‘matter out of place,'” a deeply social reaction to materials “likely to confuse or contradict cherished classifications.” In our society, we use science to determine classifications and boundaries that put materials in and out of place. That is: science is the privileged method for determining waste and pollution from non-waste and non-pollution.

Body Burdens, Biomonitoring, and Biocitizenship

By Max Liboiron, Lindsey Dillon, and submitting authors. Since at least the publication of Silent Spring, scientists, policy-makers, and the general public has focused on pollution in the environment as the object of regulation and control, a source of fear and anxiety, and the subject of scientific testing. As technologies, analytical detection limits, and eco-populist, […]
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