I wanted to share my new article which came out in mid-July in the journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Its empirical content discusses the appropriate technology movement as it plays out in the scientific field of ophthalmology. This work comes out of a larger research project analyzing 10+ months of observation and 80+ semi-structured interviews in India, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal.
Kevin has put together an awesome new site for the triple session that I co-organized with him, Tolu, and Denver at 4S. Use your smartphone with this QR code, or just follow this link to knowledgefromthemargins.org to check it out!
I am trying to figure out where we should eat at 4S 2011 which is in Cleveland Ohio from November 2nd through 5th. My favorite pick from the locations surrounding the Cleveland City Centre Hotel at urbanspoon.com is Dim and Den Sum as I thought it would be a dim sum chinese restaurant. Instead it is, apparently, a locally sourced taco truck that is closed because the owner/chef has been filming with his new food truck, Hodge Podge, for the Food Network. I'm guessing the likelihood of either of them being available in snowy November is low. Other potential lunch places that looked interesting are Teahouse Noodles (with daily specials that are $7) and Tomaydo Tomahhdo (might be good for a soup and sandwich).
Luckily, based on reviews that I found at cleveland.com, I believe that I will instead have the opportunity to eat locally sourced food at Pura Vida or the Greenhouse Tavern (GHT). The first apparently specializes in American Cuisine and is located on Public Square, while the second specializes in French Cuisine and is located in the E. 4th St. district. Both Pura Vida and GHT believe in providing vegan/vegetarian options. While I am not vegan/vegetarian, I like fresh local food and that often comes with the territory. So I might actually check out the vegan deli/cafe Flaming Ice on Public Square while I am in Cleveland.
Finally, some other happy hour options recommended by cleveland.com (besides Pura Vida and GHT) might be Bar Louie in the warehouse district or Pickwick & Frolic (yes named for Dickens' novel) in the E. 4th St. district.
To keep this data together so that I do not have to look it all up again, I have put together a google map with these interesting restaurants on it.
I am so excited that the triple session that Tolu, Kevin, Denver and I have worked on has been accepted at the Society for the Social Studies of Science annual meeting in November 2011! Cleveland Rocks!
We have a spectacular line-up of scholarly work, please see the abstracts here,
Here is the KFM triple session abstract:
Knowledge from the margins is of longstanding interest to the field of Science and Technology Studies. Modern technoscientific knowledge is typically understood to be produced for patent, profit, and/or its liberal virtues. The early focus on innovative knowledge resulted primarily in elite histories of Western (typically male and Caucasian) technologists and scientists going through the frustrations and satisfactions of life in laboratories. However, such studies begged the question, where does this knowledge go, what does it do, and for whom? Later STS scholars often explored this question from the point of view of those in 'the margins' who are: peripheral to modern knowledge production (e.g. civil society organizations, laypersons); 'lacking' modern knowledge production (e.g. non-Western, indigenous); or excluded from modern knowledge production (e.g. female, minority, disabled).
This triple session will demonstrate how a theoretical focus on knowledge from the margins resists typical ways of conceptualizing producers, users and innovation, and radicalizes thinking about institutional change. Part I will topically focus on 'sciences from below' and how they question assumptions about the knowledge production process that are common to Western societies. Part II will demonstrate how perturbing the user/producer boundary resists typical ways of thinking about the design and consumption of information and communications technologies. Part III will discuss how modern ideologies of technocracy and/or neoliberalism shape local knowledge and, conversely, allow for local knowledge to challenge expert regulation. STS and other scholars in women's studies,geography, political sociology of science, and sociology of technology will be interested in this session.
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