Brown University School of Engineering

Joseph P. Masco, "Engineered Worlds: Terraforming and the Future of STS"

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Joseph P. Masco, "Engineered Worlds: Terraforming and the Future of STS" Thursday, March 14, 4:30pm, Wilson 101 This talk considers the role of science and technology studies in understanding human impacts on the global biosphere. Using the U.S. nuclear project as muse, it considers how humans have been actively engineering the biosphere now for generations, creating the conditions for both contemporary and future crisis. It also projects a future for science and technology studies devoted to engaging such engineered worlds. Masco is Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, where he writes and teaches courses on science and technology, U.S. national security culture, political ecology, mass media, and critical theory. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2006), which won the 2008 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science and the 2006 Robert K. Merton Prize from the Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology of the American Sociology Association. His work as been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current work examines the evolution of the national security state in the United States, with a particular focus on the interplay between affect, technology, and threat perception within a national public sphere.