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Colloquium – Scott Kirsch, UNC Geography
February 26, 2016 @ 3:35 pm - 5:00 pm
Title: Technology as a keyword
While for centuries technology referred to a systematic study of the ‘practical arts’ – typically a kind of book or technical manual –its usage has expanded dramatically so that today we think nothing of the same word being used to describe a massive hydro-power dam, a set of methods for building the dam, or the means of communication for a youth-based social movement against the dam; a specific piece of machinery or mechanical object or the totality of all of our collective means and capabilities. Through a materialist keyword approach to the career of technology, in this talk I raise questions about what it means to think of things, processes, and relations as technological, and explore implications of the idea of technology – understood in terms of its integrative, meaning-making, cultural work – for the histories and geographies that we produce.