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Spring 2013-2014
* ANT 344 (SA)   na, npdf

Science, Technology & Culture

Abou Ali Farman Farmaian

Scientific and technological ventures have challenged, even redefined, some previously stable and important ontological categories, in the West as well as around the world: categories such as life, death, nature, human, self, animate and inanimate. Using ethnographies, theoretical readings and overviews of several fields, whilst examining diverse sites of scientific production and dissemination - from test tubes to outer space, from indigenous knowledge to genetics labs - we will look at how science and technology are changing perceptions and experiences of these categories and examine the social and political consequences.

Sample reading list:
Fischer, Michael, Anthropological Futures
Rose, Nikolas, The Politics of Life Itself
Franklin, Sarah and Celia Roberts, Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Dia
Haraway, Donna, Simians, Cyborg and Women
N. Whitehead and M. Wesch, eds., Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 6-7 articles/chapters a week. Two class presentations. Mid-term paper (5 pp). One final research paper (15 pp).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43328 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Green Hall   0-N-2   Enrolled:8 Limit:19