Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fall Course: Public Engagement with Science

by Lyn
Public Engagement with Science
Curric 733 / STS 903
Thursdays 2:30-5pm, Room 236 Teacher Education Building
Surely it is important for everyone to know about science! This claim is at the center of much work in science education and science communication. The rhetoric of “science literacy” and “public understanding of science” is so familiar that we unthinkingly accept it as true. This interdisciplinary course begins with a challenge to conventional wisdom. Does everyone really need to know about science? If so, what do they need to know – and what should we do to help them? Through research, theory, and concrete examples (often drawn from our own experience) we will explore what it means for science to matter in everyday life. Along the way, we will open the door to bigger questions about the meaning of science, understanding, and public.
For info, contact Noah Feinstein at


CFP: ISA Panel, “Techno-politics in Agriculture & Food Under (and after?) Capitalism

by Lyn
Techno-politics in Agriculture and Food Under (and After?) Capitalism

Organizers: Katharine Legun, University of Otago (, Madeleine Fairbairn, UC Santa-Cruz (, Zenia Kish, Stanford (

In food and farming, technology is both a site of capitalist expansion, and an arena of possible change. We invite papers that consider how technology is participating in our food and farming politics by, for example, altering agricultural knowledge production and governance, changing relationships among producers and consumers, or solidifying or challenging existing power relations. Technologies here is used expansively, including everything from biotechnology to mechanisation to algorithms to social networking. Papers should consider these topics within capitalism—either its reproduction or possibilities for its transgression. We hope that through this session we can elaborate on contemporary challenges to developing a socially just and environmentally sound food system, while also considering how new material infrastructures might be altering relations of production in meaningful ways.  
Abstracts can be submitted by September 30th, 2017 directly to Please send inquiries to Katharine Legun (