The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded more than $140,000 through the prestigious Sawyer Seminars to Indiana University faculty members.
The award supports a year-long seminar series titled "Rupture and Flow: The Circulation of Technoscientific Facts and Objects." Invited experts from around the world, as well as local specialists will speak. The seminar will be divided into four eight-week sessions corresponding to four themes addressing how and why cultural, social and material forces interrupt the circulation of technoscientific objects, and with what consequences for what kinds of communities. The following IU faculty have received this honor:
• Ilana Gershon, assistant professor of performance and ethnography, Department of Communication and Culture and adjunct professor, Department of Anthropology
• Rebecca Lave, assistant professor, Department of Geography
• Eden Medina, assistant professor, School of Informatics and Computing, and adjunct assistant professor, Department of History
• Jutta Schickore, associate professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science and adjunct professor, Department of Philosophy
• Kalpana Shankar, assistant professor, School of Informatics and Computing
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Rudy Professor of Sociology Tom Gieryn, who has done research in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS) for more than three decades, will serve as convener for the seminar.
"It is a special delight for me to work with these five outstanding scholars, each near the beginning of her professional career," Gieryn said. "We are so pleased to have support from the Mellon Foundation, so that we can advance our intersecting interests in the culture and politics of modern science and technology."