Time, Life, and Matter: Topics in the Histories of Science, Technology, and Media [A,B]
This course will be a preliminary survey of the latest methodological and theoretical approaches in Science and Media studies as they intersect with critical history and historiography. Topics to be covered will include histories of subjectivity, race, and gender in relationship to the life and information sciences, post-humanism, the production of "nature" and "culture" as categories of analysis and structures for the production of historical time, and histories of representation and perception. We will be reading texts from fields of science studies, history and philosophy of science, and media studies. Readings may include: Gilles Deleuze, Georges Canguilhem, Bruno Latour, Michel Foucault, Fredrich Kittler, Hayden White, William James, Henri Bergson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Grosz, Donna Haraway, and others.