Keynote Speaker: Sainath Suryanarayanan, Ph.D.

Friday, March 24th, 2:00pm

Sainath Suryanarayanan is an Assistant Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. With a background in molecular biology, behavioral ecology, and science and technology studies (STS), Sai’s scholarship sits at the juncture of environment, biology and society. Sai has published widely in a variety of refereed journals including Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology & Human Values; and Current Biology. He recently co-authored Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics, and Honey Bee Health (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

Initially trained in social insect biology, for the past several years Sainath Suryanarayanan has been publishing historically-grounded social science scholarship on the interactions between people and non-human animals in relation to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)– an ongoing phenomenon of accelerated honey bee deaths in the United States and elsewhere.

His current work aims to shift knowledge making toward a more serious consideration of the complex human-animal entanglements that constitute phenomena such as CCD. In particular, he is developing deliberative strategies for including often-excluded non-scientists such as beekeepers and growers– whose everyday practices embody a range of affective interactions with honey bees and people tied to different economies of scale.


Keynote Speaker: Tolu Odumosu, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 25th,10:30 am


Toluwalogo “Tolu” Odumosu is Assistant Professor of Science,Technology and Society and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. He also holds a Research Associate position at Harvard University.

He received his PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, holds a M Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. His research focuses on studying the various processes by which societies select, adopt and implement large technological systems with an emphasis on digital telecommunication technologies, particularly mobile telephony systems and the Internet. He has previously carried out ethnographic work on mobile communications in Nigeria, and has undertaken a comparative study of the development and emergence of the telecommunications industries of the European Union and the United States.

He recently completed a book, Cycles of Discovery and Invention, with Venky Narayanamurti, which offers an in-depth look at the real-world practice of science and engineering. It shows how the standard categories of “basic” and “applied” have become a hindrance to the organization of the U.S. science and technology enterprise.

At the University of Virginia, Tolu heads the Digital Privacy Research Laboratory.


"A Journey to Namie"

Screening and Discussion with Joshua Bell

Friday, March 24th 10:30am

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“A Journey To Namie” is a short visual documentary by Sulfikar Amir, a professor at Nanyang Technological University and a scholar in the field of Science & Technology Studies. The documentary presents a journey that the director takes with his guide to Namie, a town caught in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. The journey is shot through the first-person perspective of the director. The audience is privy to this perspective and views Namie through this viewpoint.

The film takes us through the somber landscape, in the drive to Namie. In the town, the director depicts a kind of humanscape that is devoid of humans. The film emphasizes the mundane: shoes, park benches, cycles, unopened bottles of wine. These objects make the viewer wonder about the people who once completed the equation of this humanscape. The movie ends with information on the uncertain future of the inhabitants of Namie.


Joshua Bell is the Curator of Globalization at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His work includes Papuan ethnography, language preservation, and the culture of cellular phones.He has conducted fieldwork since 2000 with communities in the Purari Delta, an ecologically diverse tidal estuary on Papua New Guinea’s south coast. Examining the social, economic and environmental transformations in the wake of regional resource extraction, he is also collaborating with I’ai communities to document aspects of their heritage and traditions. This work is complemented with on-going archival and museum-based research in Australia, Europe, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.