The Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto is a home for critical and creative research on the politics of technoscience. As a cross-faculty research unit, the TRU is located at the Faculty of Information and jointly supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science, with its start in the Women and Gender Studies Institute. The TRU draws together social justice approaches to Science and Technology Studies from across the university.
The TRU membership is composed of postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, graduate students, and affiliated faculty.
The TRU co-organizes the Technoscience Salon, is an editorial hub for the journal Catalyst, hosts conferences, and supports research projects, reading and writing groups, and conferences organized by its members. The TRU has an ongoing collaboration with the Politics of Evidence Working Group at York University, led by Natasha Myers. The TRU was founded by the director, Michelle Murphy, and Brian Beaton in 2007.
Technoscience as a term follows a 20th century itinerary from Gaston Bachelard to Bruno Latour to Donna Haraway, from which it has been used to connect the study of scientific knowledge and laboratory practice with the politics of its worldly results in processes as diverse as militarization, feminism, and governance. The TRU aspires to build on this tradition of investigating the transformations and politics of technoscience in its implicated and surprising itineraries. Research at the TRU draws from diverse fields and critical traditions in its expansive sense of technoscience studies.
Funding for TRU research and activities has come from Connaught Global Challenge Award, SSHRC project grants, the McLuhan Centre, the Faculty of Information, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Provost’s Office. We acknowledge past support from the SSHRC Situating Science Network, New College, the Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at York.
Do you work in the area of technoscience and social justice and are Interested in Joining the TRU? Our lab includes both university and community members. Please contact the Lab Manager for an initial conversation about how your research area or project fits with the TRU mission and vision: firstname.lastname@example.org