Science and Technology Studies is but one of the many permeable frames in which humans are reconceptualizing their relationship to life and how we come to know it. Across a spectrum of embodied and mediated experiences, humans are shifting their stance on foundations that once seemed enduring, including the very definition of “human”.
As life on earth becomes a more vulnerable and collective endeavor, we cannot avoid being interested in what it will mean to know in the future, especially when it clearly must no longer mean to judge. What is to be done when radical ideas of the past solidify into canons of knowledge that now seem ill-fitting? Who among us has not experienced pedagogy as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde affair, caught between outdated practices and exhilarating potential?
Join us this spring as we explore radical approaches to research that attempt to re-make knowledge as creative acts of sensory, conceptual, and technical complexity.
About the Sessions
All meetings take place on Fridays, 5 pm, at the Graduate Center Bar. We encourage participants to read, watch, or listen to all of the selections for each session. Of course, there isn’t always enough time in the day. If that happens, feel free to focus on a smaller selection, and to share your thoughts about it within the broader discussion. All readings will be provided. Audiovisual materials are either free to view online, or available with your Brown login.
Session One: From partial connections among indigenous worlds
Friday, January 29, 5:00 pm @ GCB
In addition to discussing the texts and media below, we will kickoff the spring season with an update about the STS Program’s emerging diversity and inclusion initiative. STS affiliated graduate students who are interested in participating in this initiative are encouraged to attend.
Chris Marker, Sans Soleil (Film, 1983).
Isabelle Stengers, “Experimenting with Refrains: Subjectivity and the Challenge of Escaping Modern Dualism.” (Essay, 2008).
Marisol de la Cadena, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (Book selection, 2015).
Doreen Reid Nakamarra, (Painting, 2007).
Glenn Gould, “The Idea of North” from the Solitude Trilogy (Radio program, 1967).
Matthew Taylor, “‘It Might Be the Death of You’: Hurston’s Voodoo Ethnography” in Universes Without Us: Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature (Essay, 2013).
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (Film, 2008).
Session Two: To the end of the world as we know it
Friday, March 4, 5:00 pm @ GCB
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Book selection, 2015).
Bjork, “Wanderlust” with Encyclopedia Pictura, (Video, 2008).
Simone Hancox, “The Performativity of Ice and Global Ecologies in Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Your Waste of Time’” (Essay, 2013).
Karen Barad, “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter” (Essay, 2003).
Sandy McLeod, Seeds of Time: Saving Our Food Supply in the Face of Climate Change (Film, 2014).
Valerie Snobeck, Reservoirs (Art objects, 2015).
Session Three: Sensing the body inside this body
Friday, March 25, 5:00 pm @ GCB
Steven Brown, “The Theatre of Measurement: Michel Serres” (Essay, 2005).
Regan Brashear, Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (Film, 2013).
Michel Serres, “Visit” in The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (Book selection, 2005).
Romeo Castellucci, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Excerpt from Hey, Girl! (Theatre, 2006).
Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell, Under the Skin, (Film, 2013). Note: This film is only available to purchase or rent. We will arrange a home screening for those who are interested.
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger in conversation with Michael Schwab, “Forming and Being Informed” in Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research (Essay, 2013).
Session Four: To travel round the sun, into the Afrofuture
Friday, April 22, 5:00 pm @ GCB
Sue-Ellen Case, “Sun Ra: Pharoah From Outer Space” in Performing Science and the Virtual (Book section, 2007).
Sun Ra, Space is the Place (Film clip, 1974), or whole film here.
Sun Ra, Lecture at Berkeley (Recording, 1971); Detroit Black Press Interview (Recording, circa 1970).
Janelle Monae, Many Moons (Video, 2008)
Spotify playlist featuring Yusuf Lateef, Earth Wind and Fire, Deltron 3030, and more.
Bonus: Check out Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station! (Streaming audio).