Program in Science, Technology, and Society

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Jan/05 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM

***Registration for this activity is now closed***


Reading short works of speculative and science fiction, especially by authors writing from outside the US, participants in this activity will consider how worlds are imagined and textually rendered. Particular emphasis will be placed on thinking about how this fiction might help us remake our own worlds in the face of planetary climate change and persisting structural inequalities on bases of race, ethnicity, class, caste, gender, and sexuality.

This 4-session virtual activity will meet on the four Wednesdays in January (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) from 3:00-4:00pm EDT. It will be facilitated by History, Anthropology, & STS PhD students Hina Walajahi and Zach La Rock. Participants will receive electronic copies of all readings in advance. Those who register for the activity may attend individual sessions but are warmly invited to all of them.


Sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of Anthropology.


Limited enrollment: advance sign up required, sign-up deadline is 03 January 2022.

Participants are welcome to attend individual sessions


Genetown: Biotech's History in Kendall Square
Jan/25 Tue 01:30PM–03:30PM

Biotechnology and science are often thought of as abstract ideas, but where they take place has long lasting consequences for how innovation and invention occur. In the last forty years Kendall Square has become the epicenter of Boston's booming biotechnology sector. However, in 1978 conditions looked far less auspicious-- Kendall Square was in industrial decline and the development of biotechnology faced strenuous local opposition. The rise of the biotechnology industry required not only new ideas but new ways of financing companies, recruiting scientists, and developing real estate. By moving through Kendall Square and MIT, we will view some of the sites where biotech history was made, explore the ingredients of Kendall Square's success, and whether it can continue. Time includes an outdoor Q&A around a fire.


Sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society


Limited enrollment: advance sign up required

Sign-up deadline: January 21; maximum number of participants: 20


Please use the below form to sign up

Genetown IAP Form