The Intersection

I’ll be speaking on Tuesday at what looks to be a great event hosted by George Mason University’s cultural studies Ph.D. program. Here’s the roster of talks (for more details see here):

Who Owns Knowledge?

A Symposium on Science and Technology in the Global Circuit

9:00-10:20 AM: States of Knowledge: Science in Political and Institutional Contexts

CHAIR: Daniele Struppa (Mathematics, GMU)
Hugh Gusterson (Associate Professor of Anthropology, MIT): “Do Nuclear Weapons Scientists Matter Anymore? Military Science After the Cold War.”
Itty Abraham (Research Fellow, East-West Center; SSRC): “Strange Bedfellows: Postcolonial Critics, Hindu Nationalists, and Questions of Science. ”
Stanley Aronowitz (Professor of Sociology, CUNY): “Changing Conditions of Scientific Labor.”


CHAIR: Jonathan Marks (Anthropology, UNC-Charlotte)
Mario Biagioli (Professor of the History of Science, Harvard): “Who Steals Knowledge? Plagiarism in Science.”
TroyDuster (Professor of Sociology, NYU): “Biomarkers and Biomarketing: The Molecular Reinscription of Race for Profit.”
Chris Mooney (Washington Correspondent, Seed magazine; Senior Correspondent, The American Prospect): “The Republican War on Science: Intelligent Design, Stem Cell Research, and Global Climate Change.”


1:00-:2:20 PM: Who Owns “Life?” Biological Property, Pharmaceutical Patents, and Industrial Agriculture

CHAIR: Denise Albanese (English, GMU)
Daniel Kevles (Professor of History, Yale): “Patents and Patrimony: Intellectual Property Rights in the Human Genome.”
Cori Hayden (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Berkeley): “Pharmaceutical Publics: Rethinking Research, Development, and (Re)Distribution.”
Susan Merrill Squier (Professor of Women’s Studies and English, Penn State): “Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: Globalizing Industrial Agriculture.”

2:30-4:50 PM: Brave New World: The New Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Democracy

CHAIR: Roger Lancaster (Cultural Studies, GMU)
Rayna Rapp (Professor of Anthropology, NYU): “Standing on the Biological Horizon: Genetic Citizenship, Health Activism, and Pharmaceutical Economies.”
Jeremy Crampton (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Georgia State): “The Biopolitics of Geosurveillance and Security.”
Langdon Winner (Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): “The Right to Shape Technology: An Unfinished Project for Democracy.”

5:00-6:15 PM: RECEPTION

Like I said, looks like a great event, and hopefully will provide some new perspectives on the new “science wars”….


  1. #1 Sylvia
    April 17, 2006

    looks really interesting but the link to more info is missing…

  2. #2 Chris Mooney
    April 17, 2006

    Fixed it…..

  3. #3 gerald spezio
    April 20, 2006

    Cultural Studies, home economics psychology, feminist epistemology, free shoes for life, and Stanley Aronowitz’s wordsmithing. Transgressing the boundries of the most rudimentary knowledge of the world for fun and paychecks. Hey, even academics gotta eat – the physical world meets critical theory and the society of English majors. Ahh, literary license! Ain’t it grand?

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