Coordinated by Anna Hansen | First session 19 October 2021
|Date||19 October 2021|
‘Do artefacts have politics?’ That question was raised by political theorist Langdon Winner in his seminal article from 1980, where he discussed the embodied political intentions in Robert Moses design of the low bridges to Long Islands that made it impossible for busses to use the bridge, thereby, limiting the access of racial minorities and low-income groups to Jonas Beach, an acclaimed park designed by the very same architect. In a new reading group in AHM, we will discuss exactly such propositions by diving into the literature in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) that have long dealt with questions of how we can understand the agency and politics of artefacts and include them in our analysis.
The reading group will meet in person once a month and discuss the planned readings followed by drinks – as the group develops, we could also invite speakers to give short talks on their work with STS. As this is a new group the exact content will be discussed during the first meeting. We will meet on Tuesday’s from 15.30-17.00 and the group is open for all faculty at UvA and there are no prerequisites except and interest to explore this line of thinking. The dates for the remainder of 2021 will be: October 19th, November 16th and 21st of December. If you are interested in participating, write to email@example.com.