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Faculty Fellow

Michael Fisch

Associate Professor of Anthropology University of Chicago


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Michael Fisch's research is situated at the intersection of sociocultural anthropology and science and technology studies and is concerned with shifting conceptualizations and practices around nature, culture, and technology. He is the author of An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in which he develops a technography of collective life constituted in the interplay between humans and machines within Tokyo’s commuter train network. His current research explores the emergence of “experimental ecologies” in Japan, Israel, and the United States as sites of speculative articulations of ecological governance for an era of increasing climate crisis.