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Technological Animism

The Uncanny Personhood of Humanoid Machines

Kathleen Richardson

both human and mechanical qualities? Recent films such as Her echo these questions about love and attachment between humans and animate machines. Donna Haraway (1991) asserts that technoscience breached the boundary between fact and fiction in the

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

a driverless car culture. Following the tradition of feminist cultural studies of technoscience, 2 we ask not only who benefits but also how the new techno-imaginaries of autonomous driving are constructed, which futures they seek to prefigure, and

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Tending to Suspension

Abstraction and Apparatuses of Atmospheric Attunement in Matsutake Worlds

Timothy Choy

Scenes from mushroom technosciences illuminate forms, practices, and temporalities of atmospheric attunement. This article reanimates moments from scientific literature where chemists and mycologists chase elusive smells and spores, explicating how scientists’ experimental apparatuses of attunement arrange conditions for matsutake to be reduced and concentrated toward the goal of sensibility. Reduction and concentration do more than translate atmospheric elusiveness into specification; achieved through grinding, evaporating, and remixing, they condition a ‘tending to suspension’. Tending to suspension amplifies qualities and throws subjects and sensorial attention into the middle of volumes and durations. ‘Tending’ implies care as well as a ‘tending toward’—the sense that something may develop a tendency. Experimental apparatuses of atmospheric attunement, tending to such tendings, model a method for anthropological study of diffuse objects.

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Sensing evil

Counterterrorism, techno-science, and the cultural reproduction of security

Mark Maguire and Pete Fussey

use of sharpened senses. What is surprising, however, is the particular ways in which security is constructing evil today from within professional and expert cultures as well as from within counterterrorist techno-science. The essential core of the

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Michael Connors Jackman and Adeel Khan

systematically and forcefully denied. In five short chapters penned by scholars working at the intersections of critical race studies and feminist technoscience, this book carefully tracks how meaningful relationships of interdependence are forged in the face of

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Bülent Diken

’ (religious faith) and the ‘machine’ (capitalist technoscience). In order to protect itself, to immunize itself, religion seeks to reject capitalism and technology. The paradox, however, is that while reacting antagonistically to capitalist technoscience

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Rane Willerslev

about animism. The contributors further highlight changes to animism resulting from knowledge-making practices such as techno-science, popular fiction, and autobiographical narratives, all of which can be said to lie beyond the state-of-the-art concerns

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Anthropological Knowledge Making, the Reflexive Feedback Loop, and Conceptualizations of the Soul

Katherine Swancutt and Mireille Mazard

, or even ‘traditions’ that comprise them. These can include not only animistic rites, Christian liturgy, and Marxist materialism, but also ethnographic methodology, environmentalism, spiritualism, technoscience, and contemporary anthropological thought

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(De)materializing Kinship—Holding Together Mutuality and Difference

Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

, Donna J. 1997 . Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©_Meets_ OncoMouse™: Feminism and Technoscience . NewYork : Routledge . Irvine , Judith , and Susan Gal . 2000 . “ Language Ideology and Linguistic Differentiation .” Pp. 35 – 84 in

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Optics of regulation and control

Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

techno-science of abnormal behavior detection that underlies counterterrorism efforts (Maguire and Fussey, this issue) to pandemic disease reporting and data sharing between sovereign states and global public health institutions (Mason, this issue). The