Matters of Emergenc/y: Breakdown, Crisis and the Production of Scientific Knowledge

Fri, February 28, 2020 1:30 PM at International Center Room 303

Environmental crisis, financial crisis, states of emergency and urgency: crisis forms the backdrop of contemporary debates about the role of science and technology in society. Sharing her ethnographic fieldwork in oceanographic and climate-oriented research endeavors over the better part of the last decade, Stephanie will discuss modes of knowledge production in the current landscape as a shift from matters of fact, to concern, to care and now what she calls "matters of emergenc/y." This talk will explore new questions concerning the practices of knowledge production, disaster and crisis STS with studies of temporality to emphasize the role of various political, environmental, and financial crises that restructure the scientific landscape through events with long-lasting repercussions.