For this instalment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Michael M.J. Fischer, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at MIT, and Lecturer in Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
Michael M.J. Fischer
Elizabeth Wilson’s new book Gut Feminism (Duke 2015) arrives just in time and is on the top of my pile: a chapter from it is also in the new feminist STS online journal Catalyst. Wilson’s challenge for feminism to think with, rather than against, biology is refreshing. So too is a different take on depression: the opening pages on the brain and the cognitive-centric bias of psychiatry and feminism are great (and lucidly written).
Lei Sean Hsiang-Lin’s Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China’s Modernity (Chicago 2014) comes highly recommended by a number of friends and looks like a richly detailed integrative account. Liz Chee Pui Yee has just finished a fascinating dissertation at the National University of Singapore on pharmaceuticals and animal-based drugs between 1950 and 1990 based on archival materials and interviewing which I’ve been following, and so I am looking forward to seeing how that articulates with Lei’s work.
The edited volume Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime from editors Bolton, Christopher, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi (Minnesota 2007) is on my must-get-to list. Ever since the mid-1990s when a group of us began thinking about social theory, ethnography, life histories and technoscientific imaginaries (viz.
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