STS Colloquia Fall 2013: Thinking Disaster: From Bhopal to Late Industrialism

 

STS Colloquia Fall 2013: Thinking Disaster: From Bhopal to Late Industrialism

3510 Sage Lab

October 23, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Drawing on extended ethnographic work on the science, politics and lived experience of toxic chemicals, this presentation will describe the material and discursive conditions of what I have come to think of as “late industrialism,” a historical moment characterized by deteriorating industrial infrastructure, landscapes dotted with toxic waste ponds, bodies burdened by chemical exposures, climate instability, exhausted paradigms and disciplines, and incredible imbrication of commercial interest in knowledge production, in legal decisions, and in governance at all scales.  It is a period riven with hazards of many kinds (epistemic and eco-technological), which operate synergistically and cumulatively, requiring keen attention to what can’t be accounted for within entrenched discursive regimes, calling for new ways of thinking about time, responsibility and governance. Theorizing late industrialism thus requires “thinking through disaster,” as a means to chart new forms of both vulnerability and critical intervention.

 

 

 


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