Professor Rebecca Lave (Geography)
Professor Eden Medina (Informatics)
Thursdays 2:30 - 5pm
Informatics East Room 122
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. We will explore how technologies and ideas move from one setting to another, and how political relations, regulatory institutions, economic policies, cultural norms, differing ideas of property, and colonial relationships shape processes of innovation, knowledge generation, and technological change.
The course will be interdisciplinary in scope (with readings from history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and science and technology studies (STS)), and is designed for students who want to broaden their understanding of how science and technology function in different cultural, political, economic, and geographical contexts. Enrollment will be open to a limited number of advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
The course will be linked to the year-long Mellon Sawyer Seminar "Rupture and Flow: The Circulation of Technoscientific Facts and Objects" that is taking 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 Seminar. To learn more about the Sawyer Seminar, visit http://sawyer.indiana.edu. For more information about the course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.