Steering Committee

Natasha Myers is the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group, P1160692co-founder of the Write2Know Project and co-organizer of the Technoscience Salon. As an anthropologist of science and technology, her research examines a range of visual and performance cultures alive in the contemporary arts and biosciences. Her book Rendering Life Molecular: Modelers, Models, and Excitable Matter (Duke, 2015, winner of the Robert K. Merton Award from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association) is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. It explores how protein modelers’ multidimensional data forms are shifting the cusp of visibility, the contours of the biological imagination, and the nature of living substance. With support from SSHRC and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government, she convened the Plant Studies Collaboratory to serve as a node for interdisciplinary research on plants in the ecologies and economies contoured by technoscience. Her current research projects explore the phenomena of plant sensing, the politics of garden enclosures, and techniques for an “ungrid-able” ecology of plant/human relations.

Jody Berland is Professor in the Department of Humanities, York University. She researches and teachJodyBerlandes cultural studies, technology studies, and animal studies, where her work focus on interactions of technology with nature, music, and geopolitics. Her current research project, “Virtual Menageries,” explores modern animal representations in the context of visual and digital media. Recent articles include “The Musicking Machine,” 2007; “Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire”, 2008; “Animal and/as Medium: Symbolic Work in Communicative Regimes, 2009; “Visitor’s Guide to the Virtual Menagerie,” 2014; and “The Work of the Beaver,” 2015.   Her next project examines expert evidence presented by the Toronto Zoo to Toronto City Council during debates about the future of the elephants in the Toronto Zoo. Berland is author of North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space (Duke University Press 2009, awarded the CCA G.G. Robinson Book Prize), co-editor of Cultures of Militarization (2010) and other books, and co-editor of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. A senior faculty associate with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York, she is also an active voice in democratic politics at York University and elsewhere.

Jessica Caporusso is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York jessicacUniversity. Her research areas of interest include environmental politics, bioenergy and discard studies. Specifically, her research examines how “waste”—as an externality and as resource—is defined. Her dissertation investigates the transformation of sugarcane crop residues into biofuel feedstock in the small-island developing state of Mauritius. Jessica’s work explores the multiple and contested meanings of waste and value in (post)colonial contexts while also tracking the development of bioenergy as a source of energetic, political, and economic power. She is an active contributor of the Plant Studies Collaboratory and the Energy Working Group at York.

Ariane Hanemaayer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandon University in Z-0V3QRZManitoba. Her research and teaching examines how systems of knowledge become dominant, analyzing the social, historical, cultural, and political factors shaping how people frame their conception of “the good life,” in turn affecting democratic possibilities for social change. Her recent co-edited book is titled The Public Sociology Debate (University of British Columbia Press, 2014) and interrogates the role of sociological knowledge in political projects, policy, and social change. Her current research project explores the role of scientific evidence in clinical decision-making, specifically how general guidelines function as technologies of regulation that serve to normalize and regulate the profession of medicine.

Teetering on the nexuses of technology, critical theory, and social movement studies, Adam Kingsmith‘s researchAdam's Head Shot probes the ways in which hacking can act as a site of post-political subject formation by re-inscribing and re-imagining the hierarchies of power. He has published on the ontology of hacking, the ways in which humour serves as a praxis of protest, and the links between post-colonial theory and the digital humanities. He is also a member of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Digital Issues Committee, a commissioning editor for the journal E-International Relations, and a regular contributor at DeSmog Canada. His writings have appeared in a number of publications including, The Toronto Star, University Affairs Magazine, The Huffington Post,, and Common Dreams.

Nicole Klenk’s background is botany and forest ecology and in her PhD she became Nichole_Klenk-35interested in the role of science in addressing complex environmental problems. Her research seeks to examine the science-policy interface, the ethics and politics of knowledge co-production, mobilization and application, and new modes of environmental governance. Her research is mostly situated in the interpretive social sciences and her theoretical orientation is interdisciplinary, drawing from science studies, post-structuralist political theory, and early American pragmatism.  Nicole’s  areas of focus are forestry, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. She is the co-Director of the Environmental Science in Society Lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Kelly Ladd is a Ph.D. candidate in Science and Technology at York University. Her researchkellypic interests include environmental harm, gender and technoscience. Her dissertation research focuses on the emergence of the ‘sensitive’ as a contemporary figure of environmental harm. In particular, her research focuses on electrosensitivity, an illness that sufferers claim is caused by low frequency radiation from cell phones an wi-fi. She did her fieldwork with a group of electrosensitive women who live both in Ontario and in Green Bank, West Virginia. Kelly’s work focuses on the intersections between gender and illness as well as the ways in which conspiracy theories and illness claims become enmeshed. Her work has been published in the edited volume, The Acoustic City (2016) and she is the co-author of a recent article in Social Studies of Science.

Michelle Murphy is a historian of the recent past and technoscience studies scholar. Her work focuses on P1110853environmental politics, biopolitics, sexed and raced life, health, calculation, economic practices, reproduction, technology, and social science practices in the 20th century. She is the author of Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience (Duke University Press, 2012) and  Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (Duke University Press, 2006), winner of the Ludwik Fleck Prize (2008) from the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, as well as Director of the Technoscience Research Unit.

Eric Mykhalovskiy is a sociologist of health and illness.  He works primarily in the tradition of Studies in the ericmSocial Organization of Knowledge, Institutional Ethnography and Political Activist Ethnography.  His work privileges questions about the role that formal discourses of knowledge play in contemporary forms of governance that bear on health and illness. While he has published on a range of topics, a recurring focus is the social organization of the biomedical and broader institutional and discursive response to the HIV epidemic in Canada. He is currently writing a book entitled Viral Politics: HIV, Public Health and the Criminal Law which explores the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada as a critical moment in the contemporary biopolitics of HIV.  He held a Canadian Institute for Health Research New Investigator Award (2006-2011) and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research in the Faculty of Arts for 2006-07.   He is co-author, with Lorna Weir, of Global Public Health Vigilance: Creating a World on Alert (Routledge 2012).  He currently sits on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Public Health and Critical Public Health.

Drawing on her background in Biology, Biotechnology, Science Communication, and ScienceFoto blog Lina Pinto & Technology Studies (STS), Lina Beatriz Pinto García is interested in biomedical practices in contexts of war and post-conflict scenarios. Currently, her PhD research in STS at York University focuses on the relationship between infectious diseases and the Colombian armed conflict, paying attention to the roles and uses that this type of illnesses have adopted, contributing to the normalization of violence within the Colombian society. She is also interested in trans-disciplinary approaches to science, such as community-based participatory research, that aim to produce scientific knowledge and applications that are attentive and responsive to the needs of citizens. She is contributor to Cerosetenta, where she makes reflections about public debates on science, technology and society in Colombia