Science and Technology

Artificial Intelligences: Body, Art, and Media in Modern Germany

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
Our world is deluged in “tech”—big tech, biotech, tech innovation and disruption—but how much do we really know about what “technology" means? What does it tell us about the difference between the real and the artificial, the mechanical and the organic, the body and the prosthetic? And how is technology imbedded in things like art, media, race, and the performance of gender? This course considers how these questions, far from being new, have in fact been broached continuously over...
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The Dark Side of Big Data

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
Does it sometimes feel like Instagram ads are listening a little too closely to your conversations? Have you ever wondered if certain corporations might own images of your face? Today, fears abound that algorithms are not only populating our lives with annoying targeted advertisements but might also be creating the most unequal societies that have ever existed. In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will explore key methodological overlaps and differences between humanistic and...
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Critical Theory of Knowledge, Technology and Power

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
This tutorial explores the role and impact of science and technology on society, culture and politics from the perspective of critical theory. Building on the foundations of 20th-century critical theory by thinkers such as Benjamin, Heidegger and Foucault, the course provides an intellectual bridge to recent theoretic contributions in the field of science and technology studies (STS). Questions we’ll address along the way include: how do science and technology shape our experience...
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Metaphysical Poetry: The Seventeenth-Century Lyric and Beyond

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
In an age of scientific and political revolution, how do poets respond when common beliefs about God, humans, cosmic and social order, consciousness, and gender have been taken away? Modern poetry starts in the seventeenth century when poets, notably women poets, sought new grounds for poetic expression.
 
Additional Information:
Faculty: Gordon Teskey
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Tuesday, 3:45 - 5:45 pm
ENGLISH 90QM

Introduction to Feminist Science Studies

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
This seminar is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies. As the feminist movements of the 1970s began to change the American political landscape, academic feminists began inquiries into the marginalization of women in science – a debate philosopher Harding called “the woman question in science.” Feminist scientists began to examine sex, gender and race bias in their own disciplines. In consequence, they raised questions about androcentric – male-...
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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares? Reimagining Global Health

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
How can health care systems be restructured to provide high quality care even to the poorest and most vulnerable people on our planet?If you are sick or hurt, whether you live or die depends not only on biological factors, but social ones: who you are and where you are, what sort of healthcare system is available to help you survive, and what kind of care is available to help you recover, if society believes you deserve it. The global coronavirus pandemic illustrates with dramatic...
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Diagnostic Technologies in Medicine: From the Stethoscope to Artificial Intelligence

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
This course will explore the role of technology in the diagnosis of disease from the nineteenth century to today. Each class session will begin with a specific technology as a starting point to examine how social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, and scientific factors have intersected to determine who receives a diagnostic label and the impact of disease diagnosis on patients and society. We will explore such questions as: How have diagnostic technologies been...
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Science, Activism, and Political Conflict

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
Today scientists often believe that their credibility requires them to stay “neutral” on controversial issues. But as we will explore in this course, scientists have regularly entered the public fray for over a century. They have marshaled their expertise as advocates in debates about race, gender, sexuality, poverty, and environmental protection. And they have struggled against sponsoring institutions to secure access to funding for research on controversial topics, such as gun...
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Living in an Urban Planet

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
It has become a cliché to say that more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. The speed and scale of urbanization over the past century has been stunning, and we tend to underestimate the extent to which built environments and natural landscapes have become entangled. As both lived and imagined spaces, cities will continue to shape life on our planet. In fact, if we consider the flow of resources (and refuse), energy systems, the circulation of people and...
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