Graduate Student Interests
Drawing on my background in environmental biology and sociology, I am interested in exploring material and discursive networks of waste, energy, life and death. Using the science and metaphor of ecology as a double lens, my research explores meanings and practices labeled ‘ecology’, within philosophy, science and society. In living within the paradox that we are not separate from nature *and also* we are responsible for our role in changing it, I ask in what ways is ecological thinking shaping understandings of difference and in human-nonhuman relations? For more information please visit my website at http://lisamcockburn.wordpress.com/. Email: email@example.com.
What is the relationship between smartphones, social media and state surveillance? What role do smartphone operating systems play in this relationship? Mobile cellular technologies, social media Apps (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) and third party service providers are increasingly sought after by the US government for surveillance purposes. However, this development tends to receive little discussion, particularly concerning what information smartphone operating systems (i.e. Apple’s iOS and Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich)
My PhD research interests lie in a material which has always been on the periphery of my studies in Environment, Health and Culture, but never in the foreground: Plastic. Plastic is a slippery subject, as it is a diverse and evolving species of material. From the cellophane wrapper found on a pack of gum to the plastic and carbon fibre composites found in advanced prostheses, plastic has a diversity of uses and associations that are unparalleled in human history. Plastic is also, by way of BPA water bottles and can linings, present in most human and non-human bodies, causing largely unknown effects. Plastic is therefore a good material to think with when it comes to the fuzzy boundaries between the human/object; trash/not-trash world. Through theoretical engagements with Actor-Network Theory, post-humanism and the culture of everyday life, I want to document plastic’s fall from grace: from the revolutionary and utopian material of the early 20th century to the reviled and despised material of today.
Broadly, I am interested in the intersections of histories of modern technology and innovation, critical geography, anthropology of science and feminist and post-colonial STS. Specifically, I study contemporary
My primary academic interest is in the origins of scientific authority and the role of the scientific audience. While much of the literature of scientific authority and objectivity has focused on the nineteenth century, it was during
I am interested in examining how contemporary science and technology implicates classifications of human variability in terms of how certain bodies and selves come to be valued as normal/ideal or devalued as impaired/deficient. To explicate the value-laden meanings relating to human variability embedded in techno-culture, I cultivate a correspondence between science and technology inventions and the extrapolation of these inventions with the various imaginations presented in science fiction texts.
I am interested in the history of Victorian science, environmental history, science communication and transnational history. In addition, I am interested in periodical studies and digital humanities. In recent years, I have been working on outreach projects such as the Aarhus University Climate Secretariat and Darwin in Denmark (http://www.darwinarkivet.dk , http://www.evolution.dk/)
Energy sciences and technologies, biofuels, algae; feminist technoscience;
My research interests include the history of computer mediated communication technologies and the production of gendered textual bodies; social networking technologies and the ways in which socially networked bodies transgress the material and the virtual divide; and the material effects of the textualization of life.
With a background in biochemistry, philosophy, and the history & philosophy of biology, my current research deals with wildlife films; their production, theoretical content, and the ways in which animal behaviour is presented to and interpreted by audiences. Past research interests include adaptationism and the evolutionary biology of organisms, evolutionary psychology's explanation of religious belief, and the history of shell shock treatment during WWI. Email:
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Francesc Rodriguez Mansilla
I am interested in the relationship between science and the rest of society, namely in mechanisms for engaging different social groups in scientific decision-making processes. Other areas of interest include Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory; medical sociology and communicative methodologies of research. I am co-editor of the open access journal DEMESCI on deliberative mechanisms in science, and I am collaborating on the SSHRC-funded project “Epidemic Futures: encephalitis lethargica and the twentieth-century trade in emerging diseases”. Email to ‘email@example.com’
Cameron Michael Murray
I have a broad range of interdisciplinary research interests that combine methodological approaches to media studies, STS, and the anthropology of science. These interests include: large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects in Canada; the use of virtual reality technologies in biomedical research; and the social and ethical implications of Canada's biomedical research funding infrastructures. For my proposed doctoral research, I will undertake a multi-sited ethnography that explores the social, cultural, political and economic contexts in which human bodies, biomedical databases, visualization technologies, and clinical environments are being reimagined and reconfigured by bioinformaticians working in the emerging cross-disciplinary field of translational science. I am particularly interested in exploring how bioinformaticians determine what is worthy of ethical care and attention in diverse sites of translational research.
My interests broadly include critical animal studies, social science fiction, gender studies, ecofeminism, and the history of science and technology. Specifically, I'm interested in the ideological entanglements of gender, 'Nature', and nonhumans throughout the history of scientfic thought. I'm also interested in the impact of new technologies and new social movements upon modes of food production and consumption.
History of linguistics as a science; theory and application of linguistic relativism; cognitive metaphor theory; technologies of virtual witnessing; verbal hygiene in scientific contexts.
F.R.A.I. (PhD, University of Leeds)
My research explores the intersection of anthropology, technology, medicine, natural history, visual culture and society throughout the British Empire from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth-century. I was recently awarded a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship to work with Professor Bernard Lightman on a project that has come out of my research into nineteenth century visual representations of race. With new kinds of technology available in the second half of the nineteenth century, it was possible for anthropologists to depict
I am interested in the relationship between the social sciences and public policy both in Canada and internationally. Specifically I am fascinated by the use of evidence in drug policy debates and controversial social programs. I am also broadly interested in the history, philosophy and anthropology of science,especially the early history of quantum physics and the politics of science. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a mature student with a background and expertise in: publishing, editing, and professional writing; technical , corporate, and media communications; adult learning issues; and LAVs (Light Armored Vehicles, wheeled, produced by GM/General Dynamics). My research interests are: electronic publishing history (from desktop publishing to print-on-demand); publishing via mobile/remote devices (smart phones, laptops, news displays, etc.); electrical inventors of the 19th and early 20th centuries (esp. Bell, Fessenden, Tesla, & Van de Graaff) and their impact on science and technology; retro technologies redeveloped for the 21st century (e.g. pneumatic tube transports (PTTs), steam heating, HVDC); steampunk culture, design, and literature; and electronic learning technologies for adults. http://www.yorku.ca/efenner/. Email to' email@example.com'.
In general, I am interested in how science shapes society and how society is
shaped by science. In particular, I am interested in the role of science and
technology in the development of capitalist societies in a manner similar to
the part played by religion during feudalism.
On a general level, I am interested in researching boundary work in public science policy. Specifically, I am interested in studying the ongoing conflict between the Canadian federal government and the scientific community. I am also interested in exploring public engagement in scientific debates and the public understanding of science. CV: http://callumsutherland.com. Email:
I am interested in how scientific research is published and how the nature of this dissemination has changed historically given various political, economic, religious, technological or, within the academy itself, administrative pressures. In particular, I'm interested in the commodification of research output.
My interests lie in how ideas of nationalism are incorporated into technology and how large scale technological projects become symbols of national identity. I am interested in exploring how the ideas related to identity are actually translated into the choices made when developing, fabricating, and installing the physical pieces.
|MA Major Research Papers & Doctoral Dissertations|
Michael Bouchey, "Sustainable Space Development" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Kathryn Denning
Brittney Fosbrook, "Locating the Future: Disruptive Technologies and Breakthrough Philanthropy in Silicon Valley" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Natasha Myers
Richard Gignac, "Thomas Szasz and Anti-Psychiatric Sentiment in 20th Century America" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Kenton Kroker
Mohammadreza Nikdehghan, "Expert and Lay Dynamics in Canadian Cancer Research Funding" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Darrin Durant
Douglas Paul, "The Public's Understanding of Technology and the Cell Phone" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Steve Alsop
Shivrang Setlur, "Making India Smart: Regimes of Testing and Technical Education in India's Planned Modernization" (MA MRP 2012)
Supervisor: Prof Michael Pettit
David Larocque, "Canadian Health Science: A Contemporary Account of Federal Health Research Strategies Using a Big Science Framework" (MA MRP, 2011)
Raymond McKinnon, "Seeing Red: Modern Mythologies of Mars in American Space Exploration" (MA MRP, 2011)
Christina Mills, "Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?: How Sex Addiction Discourse Contributes to the Medicalization of Variations in Sexual Desire"(MA MRP, 2011)
Danielle Pacey, "Eugen Steinach's “Kampf der Gonaden” (1919): The Heterogeneity of Kampf Language in the Early Twentieth-Century Central European Life Sciences" (MA MRP, 2011)
Jordan Bimm, "Reliable Bodies, Aeromedical Dreams: A History of American Space Medicine: 1948-1964" (MA MRP, 2010)
Aidin Keikhaee, "Hygiene: the Crossroads of Politics, Science, and Religion. A History of Modern Hygiene in Iran" (MA MRP, 2010)
Supervisor: Prof Kenton Kroker
Amy Teitel, "By Land or By Sea: Splashdown and Land Landings at NASA in the 1960's" (MA MRP, 2010)