May 25, 2006 – Susan Leigh: “Star Orphans of Infrastructure”

Thursday, May 25 / 4PM / Oakes Mural Room

Susan Leigh Star is a poet who has also taught women’s studies, information science, sociology, and science and technology studies. She is currently President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and is Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Santa Clara. Her talk is drawn from her work on the human-infrastructure interface. She addresses the questions of how people become “non-people,” the part played by technoscience in that process, and the nature of being disconnected and dismembered. Star’s publications include Sorting Things Out (MIT, 1999), co-authored with Geoffrey Bowker.

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