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Research areas:

Science and technology studies (STS), anthropology of science and technology

Current empirical topics:  development, environmental science, infrastructure

Keywords: practical ontology, naturecultures, multinaturalism, recursive anthropology, lateral anthropology

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Summer 2015 – Visiting Professor, Jinbunken, Kyoto University

Winter 2014 – 2019 Honorary Fellow, School of Management, University of Leicester

Fall 2009- 2014 Associate professor, Technologies in Practice Group, The IT-University of Copenhagen

Fall 2008-2009 Guest associate professor, Technologies in Practice Group, The IT-University of Copenhagen

Spring 2008 – Associate Professor in Sociotechnical Studies of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Fall 2006 – Assistant Professor in Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Fall 2005 – Summer 2006: Assistant Professor in Communication and Learning, Department of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Fall 2004 – Summer 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow at the ACTION for Health Research Project, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Fall 2000 – Summer 2001: Amanuensis, Aarhus University, Denmark

Fall 1999 – Summer 2000: Instructor, Aarhus University, Denmark

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, 2004.

Dissertation: Experimental Devices: Studies in STS and Electronic Patient Records.

Committee: Randi Markussen, Finn Olesen, Geoffrey C. Bowker (then Santa Clara University) and Steven D. Brown (then Loughborough University)

M.A. in Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, 2000.

TEACHING

University of Aarhus, Denmark

Undergraduate:

Organisational Analysis (2000-1)

Organizational Communication (2005)

Graduate

STS, Normativity, and Politics (2001)

Information Studies in Practice and Empirical Philosophy (2004)

Communication and Learning (2005)

Globalization, Communication, and Technology (2006)

Environments of Learning: Digital Media and Mediated Communication (2006)

Copenhagen Business School

Undergraduate:

Theories of Science and Technology (2006-7)

Organization Theory (2006-7)

Foundations and Methods of Business Studies (2007)

Videnskabsteori (Ha-Psyk) (2008)

Graduate

Organizational Design (2007)

Introduction to Sustainable Business (2007)

Organisation og ledelse som kommunikation (2007)

IT-University of Copenhagen

Undergraduate

Society and Technology (2010-) *With Laura Watts. Best teaching evaluation of the ITU, fall 2010

Graduate

Globalization, Culture and Technology (2009)

Globalization, Organization and Communication (2010-)

Master

Organisatorisk implementering (Organizational implementation) (2009)

Osaka University 

Master

Culture, Knowledge and Technology (2012->)

Ph.D.-courses, teaching

Metodologi i organisationsanalyser, Copenhagen Business School, February 18-22, 2007

Ethnography and Technology in Relation to Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy, IT-University of Copenhagen, May 7-9, 2007

Contemporary Social Theory in Studies of Natural Resource Management: Power and Participation, University of Copenhagen, LIFE, May 25-28, 2010

Trusting Information, IT University of Copenhagen, October 10-12, 2011 (organizer)

Introduction to Medical Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen, Center for Science, Technology and Medicine, November 31, 2011

PH.D. – SUPERVISION

Main Supervisor

Sara Malou Strandvad (2009) Inspirations for a New Sociology of Art. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Annegrete Juul Nielsen (2010) Traveling Technologies and the Transformation of Health Care Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Karen Boll (2011) Taxing Assemblages: Laborious and Meticulous Achievements of Tax Compliance. IT University of Copenhagen, Technologies in Practice Group.

Antonia Caitlin Walford (2013) Transforming Data: An Ethnography of Scientific Data from the Brazilian Amazon. IT University of Copenhagen, Technologies in Practice Group.

 

Co-Supervisor

Birgitte Gorm Hansen (2011) Adapting in the Knowledge Economy: Lateral Strategies for Scientists and Those Who Study Them. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy.

Anja Svejgaard Pors (2012) Iværksættelse af kommunikation – patientfigurer i hospitalets strategiske kommunikation (Deployment of Communication: Patient Figures in the Hospital’s Strategic Communication). Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization.

Helene Ratner (2012) Promises of Reflexivity: Managing and Researching Inclusive Schools. Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

PH.D. – COMMITTEES

 1. opponent for Robert Bye, Lærende Bygninger – Nøkkelfærdige Brukere? Bruk, brukermedvirkning og energieffektivisering i yrkesbygg, Norges teknisk-naturvidenskabelige universitet (NTNU), Det historisk-filosofiske fakultet. Trondheim, January 2008.

 1. opponent for Anthea Nicholls, The Social Life of the Computer in Ramingining. Charles Darwin University, Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Darwin, Australia, December 2009.

 1. opponent for Mark Egan, Engineering Affect: An Ethnography of Space Science, Leicester University, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Management, Leicester, UK, November 2011.

Opponent for Su-Yin Hor, Patient Safety and Accountability: A Study of Mess and Multiplicity. University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia, May 2011.

 1. opponent for Rachel Douglas-Jones, Locating Ethics: Capacity Building, Ethics Review and Research Governance Across Asia. Durham University, Department of Anthropology, UK, February 2013.

ADMINISTRATIVE

Copenhagen Business School

Program co-ordinator for Strategy, Organization and Leadership (SOL) (2007)

Co-ordinator for the minor in Sustainable Business (2007)

IT University of Copenhagen

 Ph.D Study board (2008-2013)

 Head of Group (temporary) Technologies in Practice (2012 fall)

REVIEWS AND EDITING

Editorial board:

Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2008 – )

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (2011 – )

Mattering Press (2012-)

Science, Technology and Human Values (2008 – )

STS Encounters (2008- )

Reviewer:

AI & Society

Anthropological Quarterly

Cambridge Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Current Anthropology

Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory

East Asian Science, Technology and Society

Ethnography

Environment and Planning D

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

Health Policy

Information, Technology and People

Millennium: Journal of International Studies

Nordisk tidsskrift for informationsvidenskab og kulturformidling

Organization

Philosophia Scientiae

Philosophy and Technology

Qualitative Studies

Scandinavian Journal of Management

Science and Public Policy

Science as Culture

Science, Technology and Human Values

Social Studies and Medicine

Social Studies of Science

Sociology of Health and Illness

STS Encounters

Subjectivity

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

Theory, Culture and Society

Book manuscript reviewer:

Berghahn Press

Grant proposal reviewer:

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

Wenner-Grenn support for Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison, 27-29, 2015. (Rachel Douglas-Jones, Justin Shaffner, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik). $ 19.210.

Research grant Indigenous Knowledges and Modern Science funded by JSPS 2013-2017 (PI: Keiichi Omura).

Research grant Environmental Infrastructures funded by JSPS 2012-2016 (PI w. Atsuro Morita). Winner of Presidential Award, Osaka University, 2013.

Research exchange grant Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Osaka University, 2011.

Research network grant for Environmental Infrastructures project. Funded by the Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University, 2009.

Visiting Scholar at the School of Management, Johns Hopkins University, 2004.

Research Scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory, Duke University, 2003.

Visiting Scholar at the Technoscience Research Group, Department of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1998-9.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

(2011) Organizing committee 4S/EASST 2012 Copenhagen.

(2007-) Member of executive committee of DASTS

(2006-7) Substitute for the executive committee of DASTS

(2006) Co-founder Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS)

(2002) Organizing committee of the 2nd European SLS (Science and Literature) Conference Experimenting Arts and Sciences, University of Aarhus, May 2002.

(2002) Member of the expert panel for the citizen project on Electronic Patient records organized by the Danish Board of Technology.

(2002) Co-founder of Center for STS-studies at Department of Information of Information- & Media Studies, University of Aarhus.

(2003) Participant in the Science, Technology, and Governance in Europe (STAGE) EU Research Network. (EU FP5: contract HPSE-CT2001-50003).

CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE SESSION AND PANEL ORGANIZATION

(2015) Wenner-Grenn workshop Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison, 27-29, 2015. Organized by Rachel Douglas-Jones, Justin Shaffner, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik.

(2014) Organized panels (with Atsuro Morita) Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies, IUAES/JASCA, Chiba, Japan, May 2014.

(2012) Organized sessions (with Birgitte Gorm Hansen) Lateral Moves in STS at the 4S/EASST Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 2012.

(2012) Organized sessions (with Atsuro Morita, Anders Blok and Brit Ross Winthereik) Environmental Infrastructures I-IV at the 4S/EASST Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 2012.

(2010) Organized sessions (with Atsuro Morita and Gergely Mohacsy) Travelling Comparisons I-III at the 4S 2010 Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2010.

(2009) Organizer of “Comparative Relativism” colloquium, IT-University of Copenhagen.

(2007) Organizer of 1st annual DASTS conference “Transformative Praksisser”, Copenhagen Business School, May, 2007.

(2006) Organized session (with Kjetil Rödje) Deleuzian Intersections in STS and Anthropology at the Silence, Suffering and Survival, 4S 2006 Conference, Vancouver, Canada November 2006

(2006) Organized session (with Peter Lauritsen) Development, ICT and Indigenous Knowledges: Translating Matrices of Possibility at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies, Spaces, EASST 2006 Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2006

(2006) Organized workshop (with Teun Zuiderent-Jerak) on Unpacking Intervention: Action Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Aarhus, 23-25 May 2006.

(2005) Organized session (with Ellen Balka) Exploring the Unruliness of Health Care Indicators The Representation of Controversial Objects: New Methods of Displaying the Unruliness and the Anomalous in Science and Technology Studies, 4S 2005, Pasadena, California, October 2005.

(2005) Organized workshop (with Ellen Balka and Ina Wagner) on Participating in Technology Design and Intervention. Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas of Multiple Roles at the 4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility, Aarhus, Denmark, 20-24 August 2005.

(2005) Organized workshop (with Teun Zuiderent-Jerak) on Practices of Assessment and Intervention in Action-Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Amsterdam, 25-26 April 2005.

(2005) Organized STS Study Seminar at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

(2004) Organized workshop (with Ellen Balka and Ina Wagner) on Work practice research and information technology development in hospital and community health care settings, held in conjunction with the CSCW 2004 conference, Chicago, 7 November 2004.

(2004) Organized session on Theory, Practice, and Normativity in STS at Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy, 4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004.

(2001)  Organized research seminar with Manuel de Landa at the department of Information and Media Studies.

 

Conference presentations, public lectures and key notes

“Comment on the ‘Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces”. Roundtable on “Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces” (Organizers: Marianne Lien and Marisol de la Cadena) at AAA 2014, Washington D.C., December 3-7, 2014.

“Post-ANT, Ontology and Multi-Species Anthropology” paper presented (with Atsuro Morita), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2014.

 “Delta Ontologies: Infrastructural Transformations in the Mekong” paper presented (with Atsuro Morita) at the Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies panel, IUAES/JASCA, Chiba, Japan, May 2014 & Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2014.

“Infrastructural Ontologies”. Key note presentation for the IV Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia (ReAct) conference, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 24-26 September 2013.

“Environmental Infrastructures/Ontological Experiments”. Sub-plenary presentation for the CRESC 2013 Annual Conference: In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge, SOAS, London. 4-6 September 2013.

“Audit Loops and Audit Implosion”. Presented at the department of Anthropology, Durham University. February 8, 2013.

 “Audit Loops”. Presented (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Lateral Moves in STS panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Making Knowledge Through Environmental Partnerships”. Presented (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Environmental Infrastructures panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Form and Variation in STS and Relational Anthropology”. Keynote presentation prepared (with Brit Ross Winthereik) for the DASTS 2012 Conference, University of Copenhagen May 30-31.

“On the Consequences of Post-ANT”. Discussion seminar at Hitotsubashi University, March 10, 2012. Also given (with Brit Ross Winthereik) at the Environmental Infrastructures panel, 4S/Easst 2012 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.

“Recursive Partnership, Recursive Infrastructure, Recursive Ethnography”. Key note presentation at the Translational Movements: Ethnographic Engagements with Technocultural Practices International Symposium, Osaka University, March 3, 2012.

“Transparency and Partnership: The Tension Between Aid Infrastructures and Their Users”. Lecture given at Hitotsubashi University, February 14, 2012.

“Ontological Phase-Shifts: The Electronic Patient Record, ca. 1995”. Presentation for workshop on Ontological Things and Anthropological Matters, Keio University, Tokyo, February 11, 2012.

“Recursions: Partnership, Infrastructure, Ethnography”. University of California, Irvine, Sideways – A Conversation about Anthropology, Science Studies Today, December 5, 20111

“Audit Implosion: The State of the ‘Audit of State Accounts’”. Tokyo University, STS Network Seminar, August 12, 2011.

“The Jungle and the Laboratory: Forms of Symmetrical Anthropology”. Department of Anthropology, Osaka University, June 17, 2011

“Design, Users, and Social Studies of Technology”. Advanced Research Seminar held at Osaka University, June 14, 2011.

“Contingencies of Science and Culture: Some Inspirations from Barbara Herrnstein Smith”, Invited speech prepared for the ‘Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Humanities’ Symposium held in Honor of Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, February 11, 2011.

“Making Futures Through Technology”. Advanced Research Seminar held at Osaka University, December 17, 2010.

“Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology”. Author-meets-critics arrangement at University of Aarhus, Center for STS studies, October 11, 2010 and at Osaka University, department of anthropology, December 13, 2010.

“Anthropology as a Following Science: Humanity and Sociality in Continuous Variation”. Key note presentation at the Human and the Social Conference, Hitotsubashi Conference, Tokyo, December 6-7, 2010.

“Motion: The Task of Anthropology is to Invent Relations”. Motion presented at the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory, University of Manchester, November 6, 2010.

“Post-ANT and Conceptual-Empirical Comparisons” (with Christopher Gad). Paper given at Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, Oslo University, October 22, 2010.

“Techno-animism in Japan: Shinto cosmograms, actor-network theory, and the enabling powers of non-human agencies” (with Anders Blok). Paper given at the 4S 2010 Conference, Tokyo, Japan, August 25-29, 2010.

“Making Lists, Enlisting Scientists: The Bibliometric Indicator and Classification Controversies”. Paper given at the DASTS 2010 Conference, DPU, June 10-11th and at research seminar, CBS, June 21, 2010.

“Aid Information Infrastructures and Their Users: The Making of Inventive Frontiers in Development Aid”. Paper given at the seminar series on Material Culture and Social Anthropology, University College London, June 2, 2010, at the Department for Informatics, Oslo University, October 22, 2010 and at Tokyo University, Advanced Anthropology Graduate seminar, July 22, 2011.

“Monitoring Movements: Audit Explosions in Development Aid Partnerships and STS”. Paper prepared for the 4S 2009 Conference, Washington D.C. October 28 – November 1, 2009.

“Contexts for Comparative Relativism.” Introduction to the Comparative Relativism colloquium held at the IT University of Copenhagen, 3-4 September, 2009.

“Recursive Partnerships: An Emerging Future of Knowledge.” Paper prepared for the 3rd DASTS Conference “Monitoring Movements”, IT University of Copenhagen, June 11-12, 2009 and at the “Mapping Interfaces: The Future of Knowledge”  European Science Foundation Workshop, Reykjavik, Iceland, 16-17 June, 2009.

“Acting With, Against, or Out, in Practice: A Fractal View on Health Care and Research”. Paper prepared for the 4S/EASST 2008 Conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 20-24, 2008.

“Forventninger og indgreb i forskning og felt” [Expectations and Interventions in Research and Field]. Paper prepared for the DASTS ´08 conference, University of Aarhus, June 5-6, 2008.

“Lecture series on ‘Symmetrical Anthropology’, Museo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, March 17-29, 2008.

“Developing/Development Cyborgs”. Paper prepared for workshop at the Institute of  Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, December 13th, 2007.

“Knowledge management in Development”. Paper prepared for workshop at the School of  Management, Leicester University, December 10th, 2007.

“At sortere forbindelser: Om samfundsforskningens nytte”. Paper prepared for the 1st annual DASTS conference “Transformative Praksisser”, Copenhagen Business School, May 2-3, 2007.

”Læringens ulidelige lethed.” (with Randi Markussen) Paper prepared for workshop on ”Organizational E-learning,” Center for IT and Learning, University of Aarhus, Denmark, December 6, 2006.

“En performativ historie: Den elektroniske patientjournal som en fremtids-genererende anordning.” Paper prepared for the founding meeting of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS),” DTU, Lyngby, Denmark, November 15, 2006.

“Deleuzian Intersections in Science, Technology and Anthropology: Tracing the    Rhizome” (with Kjetil Rödje). Paper prepared for the panel “Deleuzian Intersections in STS and Anthropology” at the Silence, Suffering and Survival Conference, 4S 2005, Vancouver, Canada, November 1-3, 2006.

“Virtual Ethnography and the Study of Partially Existing Objects.” Paper prepared for the “Virtual Ethnography in Contemporary Social Science” Workshop, Virtual  Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27-29, 2006.

“Sociology, Systems and (Patient) Safety: Knowledge Translations in Health Policy”.  Paper prepared for the panel ““Exploring the Materiality of Solutions and Problems in Healthcare” at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies and   Spaces Conference, EASST 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23-26, 2006.

“STS and ICT4DEV: On the Construction of New Orders.” (with Peter Lauritsen). Paper prepared for the “Development, ICT and Indigenous Knowledges: Translating Matrices of Possibility” at the Reviewing Humanness: Bodies, Technologies and   Spaces Conference, EASST 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23-26, 2006.

“Development in Action: On Information Technologies as Globalization Agents.” (with    Peter Lauritsen). Paper prepared for the “Science, Technology and Information Society” panel convened by 4S and Wiebe Bijker for the “Past, Present and  Future of Research in the Information Society” conference organized by the   World Science Project as part of the World Summit on the Information Society meeting, Tunis, Tunisia, November 13-15, 2005.

“Reconfiguring Critical Computing in an Era of Configurability.” Paper prepared for the 4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility, Aarhus, Denmark, August 20-24, 2005.

“Description as Inquiry and Experimentation: On the Multiplicity of Usefulness in/of  Ethnographic Practice.” Paper prepared for the “What is the point of description” panel convened by Marilyn Strathern for the “Description and creativity: Approaches to collaboration and value from anthropology, art, science, and technology” conference, King’s College, Cambridge, U.K., July 3-5, 2005.

“Established Sentiments, Alternative Agendas, and Politics of Concretization”, presented at the Center for Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, May 2005.

“Sorting Attachments: On Interventions and Usefulness in STS and Health Policy,”  Practices of Assessment and Intervention in Action-Oriented Science and Technology Studies, Amsterdam, April 2005.

“Response to ‘Pre-Post Modern Relativism’” (Key-note Address by Barbara Herrnstein Smith), SLS Annual Meeting, Duke University, Durham, October 2004. 

“That Elusive Object of Desire: A Linear History of STS” (with Geoffrey C. Bowker)  Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy, 4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004

“An Experiment in Performative History: The Electronic Patient Record as a Future- Generating Device”, Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy,  4S/EASST 2004, Ecole des Mines de Paris, August 2004

“Theory-Hope in STS”, Workshop at Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark, June 2004.

“Citizen Projects and Consensus Building at the Danish Board of Technology: On Experiments in Democracy”, Workshop at Science Studies and Sociology, University of Madison, Wisconsin, February 2003 and Workshop on the Technologies of Nature-Politics, Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, February 2006.

“The Standardisation Debates on Danish Electronic Patient Records: Handling a Differend in Practice”, Infrastructures of Digital Communication Graduate Conference, University of California, San Diego, January 2003.

“Fabrics of Another World: Gore Tex and Nomadic Practices” (with Simon Kiilerich  Madsen), Gender Makes a Difference – Gender Studies at the Cutting Edge of Europe, International Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,     November 2002

“The Standardisation Debates on Danish Electronic Patient Records: Handling a Differend in Practice”, Responsibility Under Uncertainty EASST 2002,  University of York, UK, July 2002.

“Experimenting (with) Big Brother: Watching Reality-TV from a Cyborg Position” (with  Peter Lauritsen), Experimenting Arts and Sciences, the 2nd 2nd European  Conference for the Society of Literature and Science at University of Aarhus,  Denmark, May 2002.

“Methods and Partial Connections: On the Politics of Qualitative Research” (with Peter Lauritsen), The Politics of Knowledge in Practice Workshop, Lancaster University, UK, April 2002.

“Køn og Kunststof: Nomadiske Perspektiver på Materiel Kultur” (with Simon Kiilerich Madsen), Køn og Kultur i Europa, the 12th Annual Conference for Research on Gender in Denmark at University of Aarhus, Denmark, April 2002.

“Mårup Church and the Politics of Hybridisation: On Complexities of Choice” (with Randi Markussen), Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology and Visions of  Progress, 4S conference, Cambridge, MA, November 2001.

“The “Seamless Web”: The Development of the Electronic Patient Record in Aarhus County”, IT in Health Care – Sociotechnical Approaches, Conference at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 2001.

“The Politics of the Electronic Health Care Record: On Standardization and  Coordination”, Worlds in Transition: Technoscience, Citizenship and Culture in the 21st Century, 4S-EASST Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, September 2001.

“Information Technology and Organizational Change as Transformation of  Accountability”, Virtual Society? Get Real! Conference, Brunel University, London, UK, May 2000.

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Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies (Special Issue of Social Analysis).

Special issue of Social Analysis. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Original contributions by Marilyn Strather, Naoki Kasuga, Antonia Walford, Andrew Pickering, Heather Swanson, Kazuyoshi Sugawara and Martin Skrydstrup.

 

 

Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments (Special Issue of Ethnos)

Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Articles by Casper Bruun Jensen, Brenda Chalfin, Miho Ishii, Atsuro Morita, Madeleine Reeves and Penny Harvey.

Infrastructures and Social Complexity – A Companion

9781138654945

Infrastructures and Social Complexity – A Companion, edited by Penny Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita is published by Routledge in October 2016. See the table of contents.

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Contemporary forms of infrastructural development herald alternative futures through their incorporation of digital technologies, mobile capital, international politics and the promises and fears of enhanced connectivity. In tandem with increasing concerns about climate change and the anthropocene, there is further an urgency around contemporary infrastructural provision: a concern about its fragility, and an awareness that these connective, relational systems significantly shape both local and planetary futures in ways that we need to understand more clearly. Offering a rich set of empirically detailed and conceptually sophisticated studies of infrastructural systems and experiments, present and past, contributors to this volume address both the transformative potential of infrastructural systems and their stasis. Covering infrastructural figures; their ontologies, epistemologies, classifications and politics, and spanning development, urban, energy, environmental and information infrastructures, the chapters explore both the promises and failures of infrastructure. Tracing the experimental histories of a wide range of infrastructures and documenting their variable outcomes, the volume offers a unique set of analytical perspectives on contemporary infrastructural complications. These studies bring a systematic empirical and analytical attention to human worlds as they intersect with more-than-human worlds, whether technological or biological.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid

The monograph Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Aid Infrastructures, co-written with Brit Ross Winthereik, now available from MIT Press.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid is the first book to examine what development aid is becoming in the information age. What the authors find is surprising: novel partnerships and intertwined agendas, the critic’s and the aid professional’s; inventive frontiers of ethical practice and fraught politics where the very form of infrastructure constitutes new social and technical milieus. With increasing calls for accountability in aid projects, and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of aid interventions, the authors’ project could not be more timely” – Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine

“Anyone who implements or evaluates global socio-material infrastructures meant to enable the flow of aid-related information that help to create transparency, strengthen partnerships, and improve accountability should read this book. It offers a sharp and forgiving account of what concerns you” – Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

“Conceptualizing development aid within an information infrastructure perspective provides compelling insights into why such programs have less than optimal results, and why there is a mismatch between what is promised and the reality on the ground. Such an infrastructure is both a solution and a source of problems, as it is always incomplete and in the making” – Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo.

Read a review from the LSE Review of Books here.

Ontologies for Developing Things: Making Health Care Futures Through Technology

“Casper Bruun Jensen is one of the most intellectually accomplished and creative theorists of second-generation Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as one of the most active and productive researchers in the field. In Ontologies for Developing Things, he offers a series of highly original delineations and vigorous defenses of recent developments–or, as he calls them “dispositions”–in STS (ontological, performative, pragmatist, and so forth) through a series of parallel narrations of his own onsite studies of the introduction of new medical-information technologies in Denmark and Canada. Ontologies for Developing Things is a work of unflagging intelligence and intellectual energy, spilling over with new ideas, surprising angles, sharp perceptions and interesting juxtapositions, and written with correspondingly attractive punch and force. Readers interested in information technologies, contemporary developments in social studies of science, and related cultural and political theory will find the book immensely engaging and endlessly useful”

Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Duke University and Brown University [author of Scandalous Knowledge: Science Truth and the Human and Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion]

“This superb book is all of empirically rich, politically engaged, ontologically profound and lucid. Any three of the four makes a very good book; all four makes an outstanding one”.

Geoffrey C. Bowker, UC Irvine [author of Science on the RunMemory Practices in the Sciences and Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences with Susan Leigh Star]

See the review in Intersections here.

2017

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Mekong Scales: Domains, Test Sites and the Uncommons,” Anthropologica 59(2): 204-215.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “New Ontologies? Reflections on Some Recent ‘Turns’ in STS, Anthropology and Philosophy,” Social Anthropology 25(4): 525-545.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Thought from the Outside: Post-truth and Cambodian Political Theater.” Blog entry for First Hundred Days – Narratives of Normalisation and Disruption, Harvard STS Program.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “The Umwelten of Infrastructure: A Stroll Along (and Inside) Phnom Penh’s Sewage Pipes,” Zinbun 47: 147-59

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “‘Integrating Human to Quality’: Capacity Building Across Cambodian Worlds,” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 35(1): 131-45.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Amphibious Worlds: Environments, Infrastructures, Ontologies,” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 3: 224-234.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. 2017. “Introduction: Minor Traditions, Shizen Equivocations and Sophisticated Conjunctions”. Social Analysis (Special issue: Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies) 61(2): 1-15.

Morita, Atsuro and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017. 「ブルーノ・ラトゥール」『はじめて学ぶ文化人類学」岸上伸啓編、ミネルヴァ書房.

Morita, Atsuro and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017.  “Delta Ontologies: Infrastructural Transformations in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand”. Social Analysis (Special issue: Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies) 61(2): 118-134.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies (special issue of Social Analysis).

Winthereik, Brit and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017. “Learning from Experiments in Optimisation: Post-Critical Perspectives on Monitoring and Evaluation.” Journal of Cultural Economy.

 

Deltas’ Dealing with Uncertainty

Delta’s Dealing with Uncertainty (DoUbT) is an ORA project funded by the Dutch, UK, French and Japanese national funding organizations for the period 2016-2019. DoUbT innovatively combines science and technology studies (STS) with the anthropology of development to interrogate how uncertainties are understood and dealt with in environmental planning. We focus on four deltas with diverging cultural and historical trajectories and contemporary dynamics: the Ganges-Brahmaputra, the Mekong, the Chao Phraya and the Irrawaddy.

Please see the project site for further details

2016

Gad, Christopher & Casper Bruun Jensen. 2016. “Lateral Comparisons“.  In Practicing Comparison. Revitalizing the Comparative Act. Editors Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim & Zuzana Hrdlickova. Mattering Press. 189-220.

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2016. “Lateral Concepts“. Engaging Science, Technology and Society 2: 3-12.

Green, Sarah, et al. 2016. “Brexit Referendum: First Reactions from Anthropology,” Social Anthropology. DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12331. Shorter versions available at EASA Online and AllegraLab.

Harvey, Penny, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. 2016. Editors. Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion. London and New York: Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016. “Multinatural Infrastructures and Phnom Penh Sewage” in Penny Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita (eds.) Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge CompanionLondon and New York.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016. “Gilles Deleuze.” In Kulturteori og Kultursociologi, ed. Bjørn Schiermer. København: Hans Reitzel, pp. 29-53.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016 [online first] “Pipe Dreams: Sewage Infrastructure and Activity Trails in Phnom Penh”. Ethnos (Special issue: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments).

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Miho Ishii and Phil Swift. “Attuning to the Webs of En: Ontography, Japanese Spirit Worlds, and the ‘Tact’ of Minakata Kumagusu.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(2): 149-172.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. 2016 [online first] Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments (special issue of Ethnos).

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. 2016 [online first] “Introduction: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments” Ethnos (Special issue: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments).

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Kjetil Rodje. 2016. ドゥルージアンの交差点ー序論, 現代思想。Japanese translation of the introduction to Deleuzian Intersections.  Published in 現代思想【Contemporary Thought].

2015

de la Cadena, Marisol, Marianne E. Lien, Mario Blaser, Casper Bruun Jensen, Tess Lea, Atsuro Morita, Heather Swanson, Gro Ween, Paige West & Margaret Wiener. 2015. “Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces”. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(1): 437-475.

Gad, Christopher, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik. 2015.“Practical Ontology: Worlds in STS and Anthropology.” NatureCulture 3: 67-86.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015. “Experimenting with Political Materials: Environmental Infrastructures and Ontological Transformations“. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (Special issue: Political Materials: Rethinking Environment, Remaking Theory”). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2015.1019533.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015. “Comment on Cris Shore and Susan Wright ‘Audit Culture Revisited’.” Current Anthropology 56(3). 433-434.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015.  “Etnografiske variationer i STS og antropologi”, Jordens folk.  50(1-2): 70-78.

Jensen, Casper Bruun & Atsuro Morita. 2015. “Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments.” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 1: 81-87.

Jensen, Casper Bruun & Brit Ross Winthereik. 2015. “Test Sites: Attachments and Detachments in Community-Based Eco-Tourism”. Chapter for the edited volume Detachment: Essays on the Limits of Relational Thinking. Editors Matei Candea, Jo Cook, Catherine Trundle and Thomas Yarrow. Manchester University Press.

 

2014

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2014. “The Promises of Practice.” The Sociological Review.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2014. “Practical Ontologies”, Fieldsights – Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online. 

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2014) “Continuous Variations: The Conceptual and the Empirical” Science, Technology and Human Values (Special issue on The Conceptual and the Empirical) 39(2): 192-213.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2014) “Experiments in Good Faith and Hopefulness: Toward a Postcritical Social Science” [Paper to be followed by responses by Hirokazy Miyazaki, Richard Rottenburg and Helen Verran]. Common Knowledge (Special issue on “Experimental Scholarship) 20(2): 337.362.

Winthereik, Brit Ross & Casper Bruun Jensen (2014) “Optimeringseksperimenter: Postkritiske perspektiver på monitorering og evaluering i en miljøorganisation,” Tidsskrift for antropologi 70: 171-190.

2013

Gad, Christopher, Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthererik. (2013). “Praktisk ontologi: Verdener i STS og antropologi”Tidsskrift for antropologi 67. (Special issue on “multiple worlds”).

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. (2013) “Two Forms of the Outside: Castaneda, Blanchot, Ontology” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(3): 309-35.

Jensen, Casper Bruun.(2013). “Review essay: Annelise Riles: Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets. Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press. 2011.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 7(3): 517-25.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2013). “What If We Were Already In the In-Between? Further Ventures Into the Ontologies of Science and Politics”. Foundations of Science 18(2): 331-36.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen and Anders Blok. (2013). “Techno-Animism in Japan: Shinto Cosmograms, Actor-network Theory, and the Enabling Powers of Non-Human Agencies”Theory, Culture and Society 30(2): 84-115.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik (Forthcoming 2013). Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Aid Infrastructures (Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press).

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Christopher Gad. (2013) “Spørgsmål til teknologierne – om komplekser af tænkning og ting” in Søren Riis and Kasper Schiølin (eds.) Nye spørgsmål om teknikken. Århus: Århus Universitets Forlag, pp. 187-207.

Nielsen, Annegrete Juul and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2013). “Traveling Frictions: Global Disease Management, Local Comparisons, and Emergent Patients”. Science and Technology Studies 26(2). (Special issue on Patient 2.0).

Anthropology as Critique of Reality: A Japanese Turn

Now out/freely available online: the “ontological turn” in anthropology — in Japan. Special Forum of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Article by Miho Ishii. Interview with Naoki Kasuga. And responses by Marilyn Strathern and Annelise Riles.