Rupture and Flow: The Circulation of Technoscientific Facts and Objects

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures
Indiana University, Bloomington

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I400/I590 Geographies of Technology - Spring 2011

Professor Eden Medina (Informatics), Professor Rebecca Lave (Geography)

How do technologies and ideas move from one setting to another? How do political relations, regulatory institutions, economic policies, cultural norms, differing ideas of property, or colonial relationships shape processes of innovation, knowledge generation, and technological change?

This course will study how ideas and technologies travel, with a focus on how these flows are interrupted or redirected in unexpected, yet productive ways. The course will be linked to the year-long Mellon Sawyer Seminar "Rupture and Flow: The Circulation of Technoscientific Facts and Objects" that will take place at Indiana University during the 2010-2011 academic year. Students will have the opportunity to read and then interact with the leading scholars brought to campus for the Sawyer Seminar.

The course will be interdisciplinary in scope with readings from history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and science and technology studies (STS), and will be joint-listed in the School of Informatics and the Department of Geography. It will be open to a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students. Students are encouraged to learn more about the Sawyer Seminar by visiting

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