News News from the Transcultural Studies Group Transcultural Bodies: Geographies of Embodiment Workshop with Prof. Caroline Faria (University of Texas at Austin) Please find more information on the workshop program here. Time & Place: Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 10am - 5.30pm, HSG 58-018 Assembling Medical Markets Workshop with Dr. Judith Miggelbrink (IfL Leipzig) Please find more information on the workshop program here. Time & Place: Friday, 18 November 2016, 9am - 1pm, HSG 58-018 STS talk walks organized by Tanja Schneider & Carolin Schurr In times of bio-, nano- and neurotechnological innovation, big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms, technological and scientific developments affect our everyday lives in manifold – often unpredictable and unintended – ways. Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers one fruitful and interdisciplinary approach to study how social, political, and cultural values shape scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, shape society, politics and culture. Given our own research interests in this area – ranging from cyborg babies to food innovation and neuro-marketing, we are starting a reading group this upcoming semester to engage with current scholarship in the field of STS and would like to invite you to join us – for a talk-walk! We propose to meet and discuss in the format of a talk-walk, that is, discussing in a moving manner while walking around/or close to the city/campus. This format is inspired by Annemarie Mol’s (STS, University of Amsterdam) Walking Seminar. As Mol writes ‘the idea is that talking while‐walking enhances thinking in ways not attainable behind a desk or in a seminar sitting down’. SCHEDULE AND TEXTS As many strands in STS draw on actor‐network theory to theorize the agency of nonhuman actors such as economic models and socio-technical devices, we propose to start with Sayes’ paper that critically questions the role of nonhuman agency. Next we read up on how STS researchers, Milyaeva and Neyland, conceptualize market innovation drawing on recent STS research on markets as ‘framing’, ‘productive friction’ and ‘bricolage’. 1st Meeting on 21 September 2016, 2-3pm: What does it mean to say nonhumans have agency? Sayes, Edwin, 2014. Actor–Network Theory and methodology: Just what does it mean to say that nonhumans have agency? Social Studies of Science 44 (1), 134-‐149. 2nd Meeting on 19 October 2016, 2-3pm: What does it mean to understand market innovation as bricolage? Milyaeva, Sveta, Neyland, Daniel, 2016. Market innovation as framing, productive friction and bricolage: an exploration of the personal data market. Journal of Cultural Economy 9 (3), 229-244. After this introductory and group-forming semester, we plan to identify one topic of shared research interest that STS engages with each semester. From spring term 2017, we aim to meet for a talk-walk two or possibly three times during each semester.