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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2006

ANT 324L • Science, Technology, and Society in Contemporary Asia-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30500 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
PAR 210

Course Description

Historical and critical studies of science and technology in their relation to social, cultural, and political processes have expanded greatly in recent years within such fields as anthropology, sociology, and history as well as in "disciplinary" science studies. Crucial questions have centered, for example, on the way that technologies and scientific concepts are formed and succeed, the place of interests in scientific practice, the politics of expertise and the issues this poses in political life, and the relation between technology and new forms of subjectivity. This course attempts to bring together recent writing that has considered such topics in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Specific concerns will include laboratory physics, nuclear weapons programs, technical advocacy, and biotechnology. In passing, the course will also provide an introduction to different ways of looking at science and address issues of its specific location in Asian contexts.


Sample readings: Traweek, Beamtimes and Lifetimes Fortun, Advocacy after Bhopal Abraham, The Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection {packet of conceptual readings}


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