Posts by Patricia G. Lange

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Assistant Professor, Critical Studies, California College of the Arts

2014 Diana Forsythe Prize Winner: S. Lochlann Jain for Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us

September 29th, 2014, by § 1 Comment

S. Lochlann Jain is the winner of the 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize for her book Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013). Adriana Petryna received an honorable mention for her book When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Facing the Selfie

June 24th, 2014, by § Leave a Comment

I find it interesting that amid the unrelenting discussions of rampant “narcissism” in today’s social media, it is interesting to hear women of a certain age express seemingly encultured reluctance to engage in certain forms of public autobiography.

Greetings from Paris: A View from Ethnografilm 2014

April 21st, 2014, by § Leave a Comment

Recently I had the pleasure of attending an exciting new film festival called Ethnografilm, a showcase of ethnographic and academic films that visually depict social worlds.

Looking Ahead to 2014: Living Analytically

January 22nd, 2014, by § Leave a Comment

Last year the Blog saw a rich set of posts in which several themes emerged. These included: nuanced ideas about performance; debates about intensive engagement with personal analytics; discussions about taken-for-granted, everyday infrastructures; and re-imaginings of the future of past waste.

Welcome to the New Team for 2014!

January 14th, 2014, by § Leave a Comment

Our new editing team is wonderfully diverse and I believe they will bring a rich and thought-provoking body of content to the Blog this year.

Happy Birthday to The CASTAC Blog! We Need YOU!

November 5th, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that it is time to expand our team! We are seeking 6-7 Associate Editors and 1 Associate Web Producer to ensure the continuously high quality of content that you’ve come to expect from The CASTAC Blog.

4S Meeting Preview!

October 9th, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

The forthcoming meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is packed with exciting panels, papers, and activities that advance classic STS topics while exploring new themes that are emerging on the horizon.

Killing Comments: Back to the Future with Web 1.0

October 2nd, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

I am not convinced that flipping comments over to social media companies—which are increasingly finding ways to shape interaction platforms to promote their own services—is in the best interests of scientific knowledge circulation.

A Byte of the Apple: A Review of the Film “Jobs” (2013)

September 10th, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

Criticizing the “great men of history” narrative as portrayed in this film is rather like shooting fish in a barrel for STS scholars, who are quite aware that good ideas take teams of people and historical forces to produce significant change. But it is nevertheless important to track how techno-histories and leaders are portrayed in public ways.

EPIC 2013 Preview

August 12th, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference is being held 15-18 September in London. EPIC is an important international conference for sharing insight on current and future practices of ethnography in industry.