Technoscience Salon


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. 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 presentations.  Instead of a typical research papers we ask speakers to think of their presentations as a kind of conceptual offering or further provocation towards discussion.  Discussants will stir up the conversation with short improvisational responses that kick start the group conversation.

Organizers and Sponsors

The Salon is currently in its eleventh season. The 2018-2019 Salon is organized by Michelle Murphy, Kristen Bos, Nicole Charles, and OmiSoore Dryden. 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.

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.

The 2016-17 Salon is 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.

We thank IHPST for sponsoring the 2015-16 Salon.

From 2007 -2013, Salon was funded by the Toronto Node of the SSHRC Situating Science Research Cluster Grant, and from 2014-15 it was sponsored by the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at York University.

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