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MemberDana Simmons

I am a historian of science and technology. My research interests include hunger, nutrition, political economy, the human sciences, feminist theory and technopolitics. My book, Vital Minimum: Need, Science and Politics in Modern France, traces the history of the concept of the “vital minimum”–the living wage, a measure of physical and social needs. In the book I am concerned with intersections between technologies of measurement, such as calorimeters and social surveys, and technologies of wages and welfare, such as minimum wages, poor aid, and welfare programs. How we define and measure needs tells us about the social authority of nature and the physical nature of inequality. I am faculty co-organizer of the UCR Science Studies group, which is committed to building a community inclusive of indigenous, minority and marginalized knowledge makers in STS.

MemberMichael Laurentius

I am a Doctoral Student within the Science and Technology Studies programme at York University (Canada), as well as, a Graduate Research Associate at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. My dissertation will examine how the Canadian state constructed and deployed atomic expertise as both a form of geopolitical force and as a means to encourage a socio-cultural mindset rooted in the grim paradoxes of the atomic age. The project is organized around three major questions: How did Canada (1) come to define itself as an authority on atomic matters, (2) deploy this expertise to represent itself as capable of, and entitled to, greater influence in building the postwar international order, and (3) focus its atomic expertise and its “powerful and indelible” nuclear imaginaries to construct a national identity organized around progress, modernity, and anxiety?

MemberEduardo Ledesma

20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies),