Materia: Narratives of the Sociotechnical

Fri May 5th 2023, All day
Event Sponsor
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Anthropology
Department of German Studies
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Program in Modern Thought and Literature
Bolívar House (Center for Latin American Studies) 582 Alvarado Row

What is the role of narrative in sociotechnical imaginaries? There are obvious “grand narratives of scientific progress, such as pasteurization,” as Jasanoff puts it—or the ideologeme of progress outright, an always postponed if ever-present aspiration/imposition in/on the peripheries of global capital. But beyond those easily discernible narratives on a societal scale and their similarly discernible proleptic structure, there remains much to say about other, more subtle narrative formations—including novels and poems, but also audiovisual media and others.

A 2-day event on May 5 & 6, 2023 with a distinguished roster of interdisciplinary scholars. With a keynote by Jason Moore, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life.

Hosted by materia, a DLCL focal group on anthropodecentric thought; Matter, Science, and Agency, a student-led interdisciplinary initiative; Modern Thought and Literature, the Center for Latin American Studies, German Studies, Anthropology, and Iberian and Latin American Cultures.