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Hagery Library, Lower Level, L-33, Drexel University 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Drexel ID or photo ID required to enter the library.

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HPOL Colloquium: Do Artifacts Still Have Politics? History and the History of Technology

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Ken Alder, PhD, professor of history, Milton H. Wilson Professor in the Humanities, founder of the Science and Human Culture Program, Northwestern University

 

Thirty years ago, Langdon Winner posed the question: Do artifacts have politics?  This paper reexamines the ensuing debate in the light of more recent approaches to the history of technology, including: performance studies, object oriented ontology, thing theory, "it" narratives, etc.  Using historical examples from his own and others' research, Alder asks: Do artifacts still have politics?  His answer - not to be coy about this - is yes.  The question remains: What difference does it make if they do?

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Melissa Mansfield, Department Administrator
215-895-6764
mmm462@drexel.edu