Bodies, Machines, and Meaning: Cultural Studies of the Sciences|
Cultural studies of the sciences shift the focus of interdisciplinary science studies from understanding the sciences as producing and justifying knowledge to understanding them as meaning-making and world-transforming practices. Cultural studies attend to scientific meaning-making at multiple levels, and to the interactions among them: concrete material relations among bodies, technologies, and their settings or situations; verbal, visual, corporeal, mathematical, and other expressive performances; and social, cultural, or political institutions, practices, boundaries, and movements across and within them. Cultural studies of science also emphasizes political engagement with scientific practices and their broader cultural entanglements. This course explores what it means to do cultural studies of science, with a focus on three interrelated themes: alternative conceptions of what it means to make claims and reason about what happens in "nature"; case studies in how scientific meaning and understanding are embodied and prosthetically extended technologically; and some specific conceptual and material relations among scientific understandings of life, bodies, sex, reproduction, and being human.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Shapin, Steven, and Schaffer, Simon ,"Leviathan and the Air Pump" ISBN: 9780691178165. Publisher: Princeton. Format: paperback (Required Text)
Haraway, Donna ,"Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium" ISBN: 978-0-415-91245-7. Edition: 1997. Publisher: Routledge. Format: paperback (Required Text)
Edwards, Paul ,"The Closed World" ISBN: 0-262-05051-X. Publisher: MIT. Format: paperback (Required Text)
Martin, Emily "Flexible Bodies" ISBN: 978-0807046272. Edition: 1994. Publisher: Beacon. Format: paperback (Required Text)
Thompson, Charis, "Making Parents" ISBN: 978-0-262-70119-8. Edition: 2005. Publisher: MIT. Format: paperback (Required Text)
John Haugeland, "Mind Embodied and Embedded"
Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, LEVIATHAN AND THE AIR PUMP (selections)
Emily Martin, "Anthropology and The Cultural Study Of Science"
Donna Haraway, MODEST_WITNESS@SECOND_MILLENIUM (selections)
Sharon Traweek, "Inventing Machines That Discover Nature and Iconic Devices"
Natasha Myers, RENDERING LIFE MOLECULAR (selections)
Paul Edwards, THE CLOSED WORLD (selections)
Judith Genova, "Turing's Sexual Guessing Game"
Stefan Helmreich, "The Word for World Is Computer"
John Haugeland, "Understanding Natural Language"
Donna Haraway, "Apes In Eden, Apes In Space and/or Primatology Is Politics By Other Means"
Emily Martin, FLEXIBLE BODIES (selections)
Charis Thompson, MAKING PARENTS: ONTOLOGICAL CHOREOGRAPHY (selections)
Karen Barad, "Getting Real: Technoscientific Practices and The Materialization of Reality"
Bruno Latour, SCIENCE IN ACTION, ch. 6; WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MODERN, ch. 1-2
Charles Taylor, THE LANGUAGE ANIMAL (short selections)
James Bono, "Science, Discourse, and Literature"
Evelyn Fox Keller, "The Body of a New Machine"
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular seminar presentations; one mid-term essay; final paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is an advanced seminar that integrates theoretically sophisticated work in cultural and social studies of the sciences with philosophical reflections on language, meaning, and metaphor. Students trying to decide whether this course is right for them should realize that, while there are no specific prerequisites for the course, participants in the seminar are expected to bring some relevant background from science studies, cultural, social or feminist theory, OR philosophy of language and mind. Such background is needed for students to take the requisite responsibility for presenting and discussing this material at an advanced level in a seminar format.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: FISK412; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 7||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: 0||FR: X|