CFP: Techniques of the Corporation

Call For Papers: Techniques of the Corporation Conference May 4-6, 2017 University of Toronto How do corporations know themselves and their world? Over the last 150 years, corporations, like universities and laboratories, have generated an abundance of knowledge-making techniques in the form of psychological test, efficiency technologies, scenario planning, and logistical systems. As dominant forms…

Congratulations to Sarah Tracy, PhD

Congratulations to TRU member Sarah Tracy for successfully defending her excellent PhD thesis “Delicious: A History of Monosodium Glutamate and Umami, the Fifth Taste Sensation.”  Sarah’s beautifully written dissertation narrates the histories of two interrelated objects: the global commodity and flavour enhancer MSG, and umami (roughly translated from the Japanese as “delicious”), the fifth basic taste…

Towards a Precautionary and Strategic Approach to Hazardous Chemicals?

“Towards a Precautionary and Strategic Approach to Hazardous Chemicals?”  Keynote Speaker: David Gee, PhD  Visiting Fellow, Institute of Environment, Health, & Societies, Brunel University, London.    Discussants:  Ray Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario  Dayna Scott, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University  Miriam Diamond, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, U…

Motivated or Manipulated? by Kira Lussier

Read Kira Lussier’s guest blog “Motivated or Manipulated? Ernest Dichter and David McClelland at Work” published on the website Hidden Persuaders.  The essay  discusses a recent New York Times article on Amazon employees, placing its critique within the history of how motivational psychology has been used in the workplace.  Kira’s dissertation traces the twentieth century history of…

Discussion: Is Your Body a Toxic Site? Reproductive Health as an Environmental Issue

An event presented by the Politics of Evidence Working Group in partnership with Environmental Defence. Join us for this public forum connecting reproductive and environmental health in our everyday encounters with endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Come learn about endocrine-disruptors, the extent of our contact with them, and how the degree of our vulnerability is linked to what…

Silence of the Labs Panel Discussion, January 27

At the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy, Evidence for Democracy hosted a special screening of the CBC documentary, Silence of the Labs, followed by a panel discussion. The event is part of current efforts to raise public awareness of the Harper Government’s “war on science.” The film and the panel discussion drew attention…

Evidencing Disaster Salon, January 23

In the recently held Technoscience Salon on Evidencing Disaster, Max Liboiron and Kim Fortun provoked a lively discussion around how we ‘narrate’ disaster, disaster’s temporalities, and politicized modes of collecting disaster data. Liboiron provided a compelling example of her experience in data activism in the wake of ‘Hurricane Sandy,’ showing how  the configuration of disaster…