Michelle Murphy is a feminist technoscience studies scholar and historian of the recent past. She is the author of The Economization of Life (Duke UP 2017), Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Feminism, Health and Technoscience (Duke UP, 2012) and Sick Building Syndrome: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (Duke UP 2006), winner of the Fleck Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Her current project is called Alter Life in the Ongoing Aftermath of Industrial Chemicals. It explores the infrastructures and decolonial futures of being already altered by industrially produced chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals. She is currently involved in collaborations with Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group, Engineered Worlds, and the Politics of Evidence Working Group. From 1996 – 2007, she was editor of the RaceSci Website. Michelle Murphy is Metis and French Canadian from Winnipeg. She has a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and is Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
Kristen Bos is the TRU Lab Manager. She is a Métis archaeologist-cum-anthropologist, activist, and researcher of Indigenous material culture. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship and the President’s Award for Outstanding Native Student of the Year. Her research engages with the material culture of the Métis, transnational feminism, and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on decolonizing methodologies and transgressing disciplinary boundaries. She dreams in vivid colours and her goals include advancing Indigenous and non-Western stories, epistemologies, and ontologies.
Nicole is an Assistant Professor in the Women & Gender Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga. She holds an MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research from the University of Western Ontario, and obtained an undergraduate degree with Distinction from McGill University in International Development Studies and Social Studies of Medicine.
Her interdisciplinary areas of interest include sexuality, claims to citizenship, and the racialization of health, science, and new biotechnologies. Nicole has been awarded the 2013 National Graduate Essay Prize from the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, a 2013-2014 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and, held a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship in support of her research which investigates issues of postcolonial biopolitics and sexuality in the British Caribbean through a transnational feminist lens.
Alessandro Delfanti is a media and science studies scholar working on the political economy of digital technologies. He is the author of Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science (Pluto Press 2013). His current research focuses on cultures and practices of resistance within the digital economy. Alessandro is Assistant Professor of Culture and New Media at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and has a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information.
Justin is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Toronto. His research aims to contribute to the existing debates on the history of finance and debt by undertaking a historical analysis of the emergence of the credit card and to try to provide an account of the role that this new technology played in the ‘credit revolution’ in the United States – situating this ‘revolution’ roughly around 1970. Contributing to the history of technology and the growing interdisciplinary scholarship on financial practices, this research treats the credit card as a material device existing within a larger developing financial infrastructure that offers an important entry point into the contemporary history of debt and capitalism. Justin has been awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.
Nehal’s work explores the intersections between technology, the body, and the city. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she is researching how women of colour engage online social media in pursuit of social justice.
Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technoscience Research Unit and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. Her postdoctoral research develops crip and feminist technoscience by tracing the political and affective economies of war, imperialism, and disability to examine body enhancement and capacitation technologies such as prosthetics and personal assistive and adaptive devices. Fritsch marks the biopolitical ways in which these technologies emerge, asking how these technologies are differentially produced, distributed, consumed, and utilized based on markers of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This project builds on her doctoral research completed in the Social and Political Thought Program at York University, which focused on how neoliberal economic and social relations come to change the way disability emerges both discursively and materially. Fritsch is co-editor of the forthcoming book Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle (AK Press), is Associate Editor of The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, and her work also appears, or is forthcoming in Foucault Studies; Disability Studies Quarterly; The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies; Disability & Society; Feral Feminisms; The Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies; Health, Culture and Society; Feminist Review; Critical Disability Discourse; and Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.
Patrick Keilty is a feminist and queer media and technology scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies there. His primary teaching and research field is digital studies, with a particular focus on visual culture, pornography, new media art, metadata and database logic, database cinema, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. His monograph project, provisionally titled Database Desire, engages the question of how our engagements with labyrinthine qualities of database design and algorithmic logic mediate aesthetic objects, create new cinematic techniques, and structure sexual desire in ways that abound with expressive possibilities and new narrative and temporal structures. He has also written about embodiment and technology, the history of information retrieval, design and experience, and gender and technology. He holds a PhD in Information Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sophia is a PhD student in the faculty of Anthropology and the Women and Gender Studies collaborative program at the University of Toronto. Her research interests problematize ‘medically unexplained chronic illness’ through investigating the politics and lived experiences of toxins and chemicals in everyday life. Her dissertation examines how symptoms are treated as environment-linked using ethnographic fieldwork and visual methods in a biomedical context. It focuses on the theoretical intersections between inhumanisms and figures of the ‘environment,’ and the tensions in power between biomedicine, mental health and the pharmaceutical dynamics of medicalization. She asks: “how can the integration of feminist understandings of knowledges and affects contribute to an interrogation of the current politics of life and capitalism in Canada?”
Kira is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie at the intersection of histories of psychology, capitalism, and the self. Her dissertation traces the history of personality testing in corporate America in the second half of the twentieth century. She asks how and why psychological techniques, like the widely-known Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, became so popular among human resources departments, management consultants, business schools, and marketing researchers alike. After completing an Honours BA in History from McGill University, Kira completed an MA in History of Science at the IHPST. At the University of Toronto, she is president of the IHPST’s graduate student union, HAPSAT. She currently serves as production editor of the open-access journal, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, and as a member of the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection.
Natasha Myers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University, the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group, director of the Plant Studies Collaboratory, and a member of Sensorium. She is co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon, and co-organizer of the Write2Know Project with Max Liboiron. She is the author of Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, August 2015). Her current research experiments with ways to document the affective ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and among plants and their remarkably multi-species relations.
Matt Price works in the areas of digital politics, digital humanities, science and technology studies. He has a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from Stanford University and is an Instructor in the History Department, New College, and at the Faculty of Information. He leads the coding and technical side of the TRU’s contributions to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.
Shiho Satsuka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Unviersity of Toronto. Her research concerns the politics of knowledge, discourses of nature and science, and cultural practices of capitalism. She is interested in how divergent understandings of nature are produced, circulated, contested and transformed in translocal interactions shaped by the global expansion of capitalism. Her first book, Nature in Translation: Freedom, Subjectivity and Japanese Tourism Encounters in Canada (Duke UP 2015), analyzes the way Japanese tour guides translate ecological knowledge in national parks in the Canadian Rockies. The book examines how the guides’ translation of nature is related to the construction of their subjectivity, both as transnational flexible workers and as embodiments of Japanese cosmopolitan desire. She is currently working on her second book project examining the social role of scientists in the emerging global scientific and commercial networks associated with matsutake, a highly valued wild mushroom. In particular, she focuses on satoyama movements that aim to revitalize the traditional agrarian forests that produce matsutake, the politics of translation between expert science and other forms of knowledge, and the emerging discourses of “new commons” that envision alternative social and human-nonhuman relations. This research is also part of a collaborative, multi-sited ethnographic project, “Matsutake Worlds”. She was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany in 2012.
Martina Schlünder a EU Marie Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her doctorate in the History of Medicine from the Charité, Universitätsmedizin-Berlin having earlier become an MD practising psychiatry and neurology. She has been a research fellow at Justus Liebig University at Gießen funded by the German Research Council and at Ludwik Fleck Center/Collegium Helveticum ETH Zurich. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and as a visiting fellow at the Department for Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University in Montréal.
Emily Astra-Jean Simmonds is a PhD candidate in the department of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental history, technoscience studies and postcolonial studies. Her dissertation integrates historical and anthropological methodologies. It examines the political economy of the nuclear fuel chain in Canada, focusing on how colonial relations of power inform industrial development and the accumulation and allocation of radiological contaminants. She asks: how do conditions of “acceptable” exposure and “livable” levels of radioactive contamination produce and amplify different modes of citizenship; and, what techniques and strategies do communities that are most affected by everyday nuclear fallout use to negotiate and challenge these conditions? Emily is also a member of the Politics of Evidence Working Group. Her work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and the government of Ontario.
Shaquilla is an undergrad at the University of Toronto double majoring in Computer Science and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She is on Civic Tech Toronto’s steering committee and last summer worked for Code for Canada. She previously served as Design Editor and Managing Online Editor at UofT’s campus newspaper The Varsity.
Dawn Walker is a PhD student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on citizen participation in technology design practices, in particular for environmental advocacy. Sitting at the intersection of the technology design, information practices, and civic engagement, her research bridges socio-technocal design approaches with critical social science inquiry.
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Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA and a graduate of the Department of History at the University of Toronto. She brings feminist science & technology studies (STS), food studies, post-colonial theory, and sensory history to bear on the global politics of food & health in the U.S. recent past. Her dissertation is entitled, “Delicious: A History of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and the Fifth Taste Sensation.” Her research examines the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) as a pharmacologically active substance, considering the additive’s transnational commercialization, its various incarnations as a racialized, vilified, or fetishized cultural object, and its bridging of the highs and lows of contemporary American foodways. She has previously held fellowships with the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) and Munk School of Global Affairs’ Comparative Program on Health and Society (CPHS). Read Sarah’s Blog.