Launched in 2008, the Technoscience Salon is an open forum for entangling intellectual and political questions about technoscience while remixing the disciplines composing Science and Technology Studies (STS). Meeting monthly, the Salon aims to create a lively community of thinkers with interests in technoscience studies from around the GTA and beyond. Drawing participants from multiple universities as well as artistic and technical communities, the Salon aspires to prompt playful and experimental engagements, as well as new collaborations and conversations.
The Salon encourages experimental, short, playful and conversational forms of gathering. Instead of typical research papers, we invite our co-organizers and speakers to deliver provocations that are geared towards opening up discussions and further collaboration. In the past, discussants have been invited to stir up the conversation with short improvisational responses that kick start our collective thinking. We are looking to continue playing with form.
Thank you to our Funders and Co-Organizers!
We are incredibly thankful to all the co-organizers, funders and participants who have made the Technoscience Salon so successful over the past 13 years. We want to thank everyone who has taken the lead on organizing the Salon in the past few years. The 2019-2020 Salon was organized by Michelle Murphy and Kristen Bos. The 2018-2019 Salon was organized by Nicole Charles and OmiSoore Dryden, with support from Michelle Murphy and Kristen Bos. The 2017-2018 Salon was organized by Michelle Murphy and Kristen Bos. The 2016-17 Salon was organized by Natasha Myers, Michelle Murphy, and Patrick Keilty. The 2015-16 Salon was organized by Natasha Myers, Michelle Murphy, Kelly Fritsch, and Martina Schluender, as well as the help of many other people from both York University and the University of Toronto. For a complete list of past organizers and speakers, please consult our listing of past events.
The Salon has received generous financial and in-kind support from many peoples and places since it started in the late 2000s. From 2007 – 2013, the Salon was funded by the Toronto Node of the SSHRC Situating Science Research Cluster Grant and between 2014 – 2015, it was sponsored by the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at York University. We thank IHPST for sponsoring the 2015-16 Salon. The 2016-17 Salon was supported by a grant from the office of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Jackman Humanities Institute. Since 2017, the Salon has been supported by the Technoscience Research Unit located in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, and the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology.
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