Williams College to Host a Symposium on New Voices in Science and Technology Studies

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 28, 2019—Williams College will host a symposium in which seven early-career scholars will share new work in the vibrant, interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The papers to be presented scrutinize the ways in which society overlaps with science and technology from diverse disciplinary vantages, offering new insights into such crucial matters as the automation of immigration and employment; public involvement in and alienation from public health regimes; and the racial investments of seemingly neutral techniques of quantification and measurement. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sawyer Library’s Reading Room. A Q&A with audience members will follow each panel.

This symposium is organized by the Williams College Science and Technology Studies Program and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with generous support from the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) and the Thomas B. Healy ’50 Fund.

About the Creating Connections Consortium

Creating Connections Consortium (C3) seeks to address the challenges of inclusion and diversity in higher education by building capacity, investing in cohorts of talented graduate students and faculty from underrepresented groups, and creating and nurturing connections between partners interested in institutional change. In partnership with the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers Consortium (LADO), C3 develops, disseminates, and promotes new strategies for building academic settings that foster the full participation of diverse students and faculty. In doing so, C3 serves as an incubator of innovation for institutional diversity and equity.

Symposium Schedule

9 a.m. – Panel I: Automated Connection, Automated Control

  • Iván Chaar-López, “From the Green Card to ADIT: Alien Data and Regimes of Connectivity, 1940s-1970s”
  • Rida Qadri, “Driving Disruption: How Jakarta’s Bike-Taxi Drivers Domesticate Digital Platforms”
  • Discussant: Nicholas Carr, Richmond Visiting Professor of Anthropology & Sociology, Williams College

11 a.m. – Panel II: Ethnographic Perspectives on Infrastructure and Public Health

  • Kessie Alexandre, “‘No Scientists Required’: Toxicity and Off-Grid Aspirations in the Newark Lead Crisis”
  • Luísa Reis-Castro, “’To Enter the Territory’: Mosquitos, Health, and Science in the Streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”
  • Discussant: Eli Nelson, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Williams College

2 p.m. – Panel III: Epistemic Borders and Solidarities

  • Clare Kim, “Universal Subjects: Modern Mathematics and the Problem of ‘Oriental’ Mathematics”
  • Meredith Palmer, “The Racist Acre: Rendering Settler Sovereign Landscapes in Haudenosaunee Homelands”
  • Catherine Tan, “Collective Epistemic Identity and the Preservation of Contentious Knowledge and Practices”
  • Discussant: Brittany Meché, Bolin Fellow in Environmental Studies, Williams College


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