Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Wednesday, May 28 10:45am-12:15pm Vallee-499

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Technology/Sociology of Science
Session Code: SoTSci4
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Emerging technologies constantly shape and re-shape the way we see ourselves. From medical imaging devices to digital and online interactions, complex sociotechnical arrangements intervene in everyday relationships, mediating understandings of bodies and identities, multiple and mobile. With new hopes and possibilities come new uncertainties about accessibility, about the unforeseen consequences of these relationships, and the emergence of new categories of exclusion. This session appeals to a growing interdisciplinary literature that invites us to question a priori definitions of humans and nonhumans, divisions between nature/culture, science/society, and the use of conventional categories of analysis to explain sociotechnical controversies.  It invites papers that explore reality-in-the-making as an ongoing process without finality, and the challenges this presents especially to technology advocates, researchers, and policy-makers.

Session Organizer: Christian Pasiak, Carleton University, Sociology and Anthropology,

Chair: Christian Pasiak


1.     Nathan Wong  

Love in the Retrospect: Love Dolls and the Performance of the Normative Romance

2.     Alina Geampana   

 Emerging Contraceptive Technologies: Evaluating Risk Management Responses to the New Generation of Pills

3.     Arielle Perrotta  

Vaginal Birth Experiences: Contemporary First-Time Mothers’ Perceptions of Technology during Childbirth

4.     Graham Potts  

Corporate Phenotypical Intrusion into Analog- and Data-Flesh Body Boundaries: Dataveillance, Prosumption, and Capitalization

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