Technoscience Salon

Launched in 2008, the Technoscience Salon is an open forum for entangling intellectual and political questions about technoscience while remixing the disciplines composing Science and Technology Studies. Meeting monthly, the Salon aims to create a lively community of thinkers with interests in technoscience studies from around the GTA and beyond.  The Salon takes up a new theme each year. Drawing participants from multiple universities as well as artistic and technical communities, the Salon aspires to prompt playful and experimental engagements, as well as new collaborations and conversations.  The Salon is co-organized by Michelle Murphy, Natash Myers, and collaborators.  From 2008-2013, the Salon was funded by the  SSHRC Situating Science Cluster Grant.

(De)Composing Futures:: 2016-17 Technoscience Salon


The theme of the 2016-17 Technoscience Salon is (De)Composing Futures.   In the wake of anxieties about looming ruin and apocalypse, this year’s events open up a space for artists, scientists, activists, and scholars to consider anew how it is we grapple with uncertain futures. Each of our events gathers together makers and thinkers to question the imaginaries shaping prevailing visions of “the future.” We ask: Is it possible to disrupt assumptions about the inevitability of some futures and the impossibility of others? What alter-futurities might be fomented? Which are already in-the-making? And which appear to be foreclosed? What might be dismantled to make room for other futurities?  How might different orientations to time and temporalities transform how we imagine futures?  Read the full provocation here  

Past Salons 

2015-16 Unsettling Practices (Organized by Kelly Fristch, Martina Schluender, Michelle Murphy and Natasha Myers)

2014-15 :: Activitating Evidence (Organized by Natasha Myers and Metalab)

2013-14 :: Critical Itineraries (Organized by Michelle Murphy, Shiho Satsuka, and Sebastian Gil-Riaño.

2012-13 :: Ecologies (Organized by Michelle Murphy, Astrid Schrader, and Natasha Myers)

2011-12 :: Extensions (Organized by Michelle Murphy, Natasha Myers, and Sofie Afriat)

2010-11 :: Open Concept (Organized by Michelle Murphy, Natasha Myers, Emily Simmonds, and Sarah Tracy)

2008-09 & 2009-10 :: Mix and Stir (Organized by Edward Jones-Imhotep, Michelle Murphy, Natasha Myers & Sergio Sismondo)

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