‘Native American DNA’ and the self-indigenization of French descendants

—Darryl Leroux— Relying on a populace well-educated in family history, a robust national genomics sector has developed in Québec. That development has coincided with a threefold increase in the number of individuals in the region self-identifying with a latent, mixed-race form of indigeneity that runs counter to existing Indigenous understandings of governance and kinship. Genetic … Continue reading ‘Native American DNA’ and the self-indigenization of French descendants

Relays from the 2017 4S Meeting: STS (In)Sensibilities

As a way of continuing the conversation from the conference, we are posting a select number of panel summaries that offer reviews of key presentations, raise additional questions, and ‘relay’ additional information for those who couldn’t attend: STS across Borders, by Hined Rafeh and Kim Fortun The Tools of the Trade, by Jeremy Hunsinger Historical (In)Sensibilities, by … Continue reading Relays from the 2017 4S Meeting: STS (In)Sensibilities

0%: Genetic ancestry testing and the search for racial purity

— Joan Donovan, Aaron Panofsky, Christopher Kelty, Elodie Grossi, Pamela Lim, Sarah Meskal, Irene Pasquetto, Jennifer Pierre, Ravneet Purewal, Antoine Rajovic, and Michael Scheipe — In the wake of a swelling white nationalist movement, the US is having a public conversation about biology, race, culture and heritage. White nationalists rely on a tripartite conception of … Continue reading 0%: Genetic ancestry testing and the search for racial purity

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No funeral bells: Unwriting Modernity’s epitaph

— Sheila Jasanoff and Hilton Simmet — On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced, against advice from many quarters, that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The president’s public refusal to abide by the global scientific and political consensus on climate change performed the very idea of post-truth, Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 … Continue reading No funeral bells: Unwriting Modernity’s epitaph

Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies

— Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Claudia Magallanes-Blanco — The idea behind convening an open panel on Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies at the Boston 4S annual meeting was to foreground a topic that has so far received very little attention in the STS literature: Little has been written on the similarities/differences between indigenous, scientific and local Western … Continue reading Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies

Visualizing Security: Remote Sensing, Visualization Technologies and the Making of Risk and (In)securities

— Nikolaus Pöchhacker — The talks at the panel ‘Visualizing Security: Remote Sensing, Visualization Technologies and the Making of Risk and (In)securities’ came together well. They focused on the political and the epistemic assumptions going into the production of visualizations and maps in security agendas. As Latour already argued: the map is not the territory. … Continue reading Visualizing Security: Remote Sensing, Visualization Technologies and the Making of Risk and (In)securities