Author Archives: Jessica L. Olivares

Jessica L. Olivares is a qualitative researcher and joint Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioethics and Health Humanities (IBHH) and the Center for Addiction Sciences and Therapeutics (CAST). Dr. Olivares holds a PhD from Rice University where she honed her approach to researching and teaching questions of anthropology, science and technology studies, medical humanities, and patient- and community-centered, intersectional approaches. As a trained socio-cultural, medical anthropologist, she approaches issues in the world from a feminist and queer perspective, as well as a racial justice one. One of the throughlines throughout her research is a fundamental interest in personhood and illegality within ethical, moral, and technical entanglements. Her first ethnographic book project tracks the relationship between trust, transparency, and technology, particularly around the harms and health effects of policing and surveillance and the unevenness of technological innovations when it comes to race, gender, and sexuality. She is currently researching how substance use disorders (SUDs) care teams engage with ethical conversations around a good life.
Street art of Donald Trump that has had a Bernie sticker placed over his mouth.

STS and Electoral Politics

In the context of the upcoming US presidential election and increasing evidence of the importance of voting infrastructure, this week we revisit past posts that highlight the key role STS must play in these conversations. (read more...)

A yellow poster that says "Eye for Hong Kong. Upload a selfie to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Reddit with your right eye covered." There is a cartoon pig head covering its right eye with its hoof.

Optics and Fluidity: Evading Surveillance in Hong Kong

 At the Hong Kong airport, thousands of protesters line the arrivals hall. Creating a corridor for passengers to walk through, they stand silently, using their right hand to cover their right eye. The silence is occasionally perforated by calls of “Hāng Góng Gā Yáu!” and “Xiāng Gang Jīa Yóu 香港加油 – “Hong Kong Add Oil”— expressions of solidarity and encouragement that have become fuel for protests that have been ongoing and lively since March. Jingcha Huan Yan 警察還眼 – or, “police: return the eye” – has become a rallying cry of the movement following a police shooting of a young woman in the eye in Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴. Protesters ritually cover their right eyes or patch them shut with bloodied bandages. Others change their social media profile picture to an artistic rendering of a woman with an eyepatch. Twitter hashtag campaigns such as #Eye4HK have gained international traction, with (read more...)