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Taking different worlds seriously

Our special guest this week will be Andy Pickering, with whom we will continue our ongoing conversation about the analytical and political implications of holding different worlds together. We’ll meet at 6pm on the 4th July, in the soc. kitchen … Continue reading

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Generative Collectives

Related to our previous conversation on the composition of collectives, the special guests of the next kitchen meeting will be Sonja Jerak-Zuiderent and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, who will tell us about their recent fieldwork on trans care in Argentina. The session … Continue reading

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Composing a common world

Last time we talked quite a bit about the possible roles of STS in post-truth politics. In light of current political developments (e.g. the US leaving the Paris Accord) it’s difficult to see things in a productive way, but current … Continue reading

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Post-truth politics and STS

Our next kitchen STS meeting will be held at 18.00 on the 11th May in the soc. kitchen area (PEG 3G 204). The topic for this week’s discussion is post-truth politics and the ways in which STS is implicated in … Continue reading

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Teaching STS

The first meeting of the summer term will take place on the 20th April, between 18.00 and 20.00 in the soc. kitchen area (PEG 3G 204). As many of you know already, the cultural anthropology department, the human geography department, … Continue reading

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Does STS mean business?

In his opening lecture at last month’s ‘Values of Critique’ symposium, which almost exactly coincided with Donald Trump’s inauguration, Bruno Latour suggested that the mandate of STS has radically changed. ‘Forty years ago the main enemy was positivism; today no … Continue reading

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Values of Critique

We’ll start the New Year with a fascinating symposium on the Values of Critique, organised by the Normative Orders excellence cluster. The event will take place on the 19th and 20th January in the Städelschule, and include talks by Luc … Continue reading

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Upon opening the black box…

Our next kitchen session will address a methodological problem that was articulated during our discussion with Louise Amoore, namely the problem of black boxes. Louise has argued that in the era of algorithms opening black boxes – the default methodological … Continue reading

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Distributive Numbers

Many of us are still recovering from the recent US presidential election campaign. Arguably, the election results mark not only the crisis of American politics, but an entire epistemo-political paradigm that includes politicians, journalists, and opinion polling companies alike. It … Continue reading

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Baroque and digital dis/orders

On the 4th November we’ll continue our collective exploration of baroque modes of knowing by going on a field trip to Mannheim, to the ‘Nur schöner schein?‘ exhibition. Between the 17th and the 19th November we’ll then perform a digital switch … Continue reading

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