CISP Salon: STS Then & Now Reading Group
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 our first CISP Salon on Thursday October 27, we will discuss how the concept of cyborgs has changed over time, through the following texts:
Oudshoorn, N., 2016. The Vulnerability of Cyborgs: The Case of ICD Shocks. Science, Technology & Human Values 41, 767–792.
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.
Refreshments will be served. Please contact Baki Cakici (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jess Perriam (email@example.com) for any queries.
For more information about CISP, visit the CISP blog at csisponline.net.
We look forward to seeing you!
CSISP Salon 2015-16
Back to basics: Invention and social process
Organisers: Véra Ehrenstein, Sveta Milyaeva, and David Moats (Sociology)
Salon 1: Measures of/for health
Practices and instruments, co-organised with Alison Thomson (Design)
Salon 2: Politics of algorithms
The data strike back, co-organised with Baki Cakici and Francisca Gromme (Sociology, ARITHMUS project)
Salon 3: Investment as Solution
On transforming at-risk children into an investment proposition, co-organised with Daniel Neyland (Sociology, MISTS project)
17 February 2016
4:00-5:30pm, WT 1204
Salon 4: Title TBC
Co-organised with Liliana Ovalle (Design).
2 March 2016 4:00-5:30pm, Location TBC
Salon 5: Reworking sensing practices through environmental monitoring technologies
Co-organised with Jennifer Gabrys and Helen Pritchard (Sociology, Citizen Sense Project)
27 April 2016
4:00-5:30pm, WT 1204
CSISP Salon 2014-15
Performance: Methods and Problems
Organisers: Sveta Milyaeva, Noortje Marres, Vera Ehrenstein, David Moats
The CSISP Salon is an on-going event where CSISP members and others meet to debate issues in the field of the social studies of science and technology and beyond. This year we explore the broad theme of performance in relation to methods and problems. In line with this theme, the CSISP Salon aims to accompany texts with contextual materials in the form of films, news articles, field visits etc.
Salon 1: On not retiring from STS
Salon 2: Performing Exercises (organised with Nils Ellebrecht and Zuzana Hrdlickova)
Salon 3: What about the resource implication? on natural resources and material politics (organised with Irina Papazu)
Salon 4: Digital methods out of the box: experiment or fieldtrip (organised with Ana-Maria Teohari and Jessamy Perriam)
Salon 5: Performance: with, against or beyond the market?
Salon 6: What is/does a problem, an issue, a puzzle?
CSISP Salon 2012-13
In an Age of Devices Before Devices, Are We All Post-Representation?
This is an invitation to CSISP members and Sociology PhDs to join us for the CSISP Salon led by David Oswell.
This Salon will be led by David Oswell and will explore the recent focus in STS on the concept of "devices". The intention though will be to contrast contemporary STS understandings of 'devices' with work in cultural theory and research from the 1980s. The intention is to raise questions about a 'post-representational' and 'materialist turn' in the context of the (inter)textualities of devices. In doing so, it is contended that for any sensible discussion of 'descriptive devices' an engagement with 'description' is as necessary as one with 'devices'.
David has chosen two readings: Ian Hunter's (1984) 'After representation' and Colin Mercer's (1984) 'Entertainment ore the policing of virtue'. The CSISP Salon is an ongoing meeting to debate issues within the field of sociology of science and technology and beyond. This year we are exploring the works of classic STS thinkers and imagining what a cannon of "CSISP classics" might look like.
CSISP Salon is an ongoing event where CSISP members meet to debate issues within the field of sociology of science and technology and beyond. This year the Salon will focus on the canon of "CSISP Classics". Each Salon will centre on figures central to the genealogy of STS, exploring the ways in which these thinkers animate the work of CSISP today. Participants are also encouraged to propose thinkers who are less commonly associated with STS, whose work might fruitfully be accommodated within this framework or indeed problematise it.
CSISP Salon 2011-12
CSISP Salon is an ongoing event where CSISP members meet to debate issues within the field of sociology of science and technology and beyond. This year we explore devices, images and futures. In line with this theme, the CSISP Salon aims to accompany texts with context in the form of films, news articles, exhibitions etc.
If you missed the last Salon you can read a re-telling on the all new CSISP blog.
The CSISP Salon sprang back into action with its last installment for 2011-2012 on April 25th Wednesday in the WT at 4.30pm. In the Salon we were reading Javier Lezaun: 'A Market of opinions: the political epistemology of focus groups' (2007).
This was placed alongside some textual fragments that we pulled from the novella 'Mr Squishy' by David Foster Wallace.
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CSISP Salon 1 2011-12 (PDF Download)
CSISP Salon 2 2011-12 (PDF Download)