Anthropology of Science and Technology

ANTH 495.002 with Candis Callison.

Candis Callison is an Assistant Professor in UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism where she conducts research on media, social movements, and science and environment issues. Candis holds a PhD (Program in Science, Technology, and Society) and MSc (Comparative Media Studies) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Prior to graduate school, she worked in the U.S. and Canada in broadcast and online media as a journalist and producer. Her book, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts will be available in November 2014 from Duke University Press. 

About the course: Anthropologies of science and technology approach science as both a culture and practice, examining how facts are made, how they circulate, and how they come to matter for diverse publics. Such approaches to knowledge production, institutional contexts, and the emergence of new forms of expertise have become increasingly important as complex global problems like climate change present newly configured challenges for both sciences and societies.  This course will closely examine and actively discuss ethnographic studies of field sites that range from nuclear weapons laboratories and surgical operating theatres to tech start-ups, activist communities, and responses to recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Fukushima.  Students are encouraged to research and reflect on the role of science and technology in politics, policy, social movements, and as represented in media.