News News from the Transcultural Studies Group Our publication in Transactions is one of the most downloaded papers! Congratulations to Carolin Schurr and her co-author Martin Müller on their paper Assemblage thinking and actor-network theory: conjunctions, disjunctions, cross-fertilisations that was published 2016 in the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (Vol. 41, issue 3, pp. 217-229, doi: 10.1111/tran.12117), one of the most influential journals of human geography. The paper was among the most downloaded from Transactions’ Wiley Online Library website in 2017.It received 4,752 full-text downloads in 2017. For context, the average for Transactions was 438 full-text downloads and the average across Wiley’s geography portfolio was 161 full-text downloads. Transcultural Studies Group co-organizes summer school "Gender and Space" (10.-14. Sept, 2018) The next human geography summer school entitled "Gender and Space" will take place between 10th and 14th September 2018 in Herzberg (near Zurich). The Transcultural Studies Group is proudly co-organizing this event and contributing workshops on feminist geopolitics, emotion, affect and methodologies in feminist geographies. You can find more details on the summer school and the preliminary program here. Join us for an exciting and inspiring week in September and sign up here by 15th April 2018! 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.