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[liberationtech] Governing Technology conference May 9-10 - spread the word!

Morgan G. Ames morganya at
Fri May 3 13:24:39 PDT 2013

Hi all,

Stanford's first annual graduate STS conference, "Governing Technology," is
fast approaching. We have an incredible line-up of presentations, including
a keynote lecture by Professor Steven Jackson the evening of Thursday, May
9. The full schedule is below. The conference is free and open to the
public. We will provide meals and snacks during the event.

If you plan to attend, please help us plan by registering online at You can find more details about the
conference there as well.

And finally, please forward widely to any other colleagues and friends who
might be interested in attending!

We hope to see you there!
Morgan, Mark, Damien, and Ashveer
The conference planning committee


*Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies
Hashtag: #governingtech<>
**Thursday, May 9
Mendenhall Library, McClatchy Hall*1:00pm*Welcome, opening
1. Unruly Natures: Environmental Regulation and
*Zapatista Corn: Translating Transgenics to Create a Transnational Anti-GM
Social Movement* by Marisa Brandt
*Infrastructure as Policy: Electricity Wires in Historical Context* by
Christopher Jones
*Uranium in Virginia: To Mine or not to Mine?* by Charles de Souza
*Material Politics and Modes of Relevance: Lithium Production and Resources
in Bolivia* by Nathaniel Freiburger
*Decisions, Decisions: Environmental Managers and "Decision Support
Systems" in Namibia* by Mark Gardiner
3:30pmSession 2. Governance of and by Digital
*An Intrinsic Case Study of the Mobile Technology's Usage Issues in
Crisis-Driven Pakistan* by Asif Shaikh
*Standardizing Do Not Track: How Participants See the Process* by Nick Doty
*Indeterminate Infrastructures: Bots and the Materiality of Code* by R.
Stuart Geiger
*Governance in the Middle: The (im)Material Politics of Internet
Infrastructure* by Ashwin Mathew
5:30-7pmKeynote Lecture over dinner: Governance in a World of
Steven Jackson, Information Science, Cornell University
*Friday, May 10
Stanford Humanities Center*8:30am*Breakfast is served*9:00am*Opening remarks
*9:30amSession 3. Open Government, Social Movements, and Technologies of
*The Interplay of Human and Material Agencies in (Self) Governance:
Crowdsourced Legislative Process and the Unreachable Democratic Ideal* by
Tanja Aitamurto and Helene Landemore
*Social Media, Governance, Conflict: A Comparison of Military and Social
Movement Technocultures in Egypt, Spain and the United States* by Chris
Hables Gray
*Patching the Government - A Study in the Use and Subversion of Software
Patches by an Indian Bureaucracy* by Rajesh Veeraraghavan
*'The Digital' Enacted as Singularity and Multiplicity* by Sara Jensen
11:30am*Unconference sessions over lunch*1:00pmSession 4. New Frontiers:
Governing Disruption<>
*Democratic Theory and Epochal Technologies: The Case of 3D Printing* by
Edward Woodhouse
*Governing Breakthrough Technologies: Innovation Mythologies, Shadow Banks,
and Political Ecology of Solar Energy in the US* by Dustin Mulvaney
*The Administration of Space: Notes on the Aesthetics and Material Politics
of Apollo-Era NASA* by James M. Thomas
*Disaster Response Plans as Material Politics* by Megan Finn
3:00pmSession 5. Controlling Bodies: Biopolitics and Technologies of the
*Expert Technologies and the Material Production of Deviance: The
Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) in Scientific Debate and Popular
Culture* by Laura Alberti
*Embodying Violence: Chemotherapy Technologies in Postcolonial Uganda* by
Marissa Mika
*Mediated Memory and Genetic Ancestry in Lebanon* by Brian Johnsrud
*Matters of Governance: Formulating a Bioconfession* by Ryan Whitacre
*Governing Aggression* by Francisca Grommé
5:00pm*Closing remarks by Fred Turner, Director of STS, Stanford*


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