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Research Project

Engineered Worlds III: Terraformations

2019 – 2022
Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea
A phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea, July 6, 2016, NASA

Key Question

Project Summary

A group of historians, geographers, anthropologists, environmental artists, and security and science studies experts developed new theories and methodologies to assess the social ramifications of “engineered ecologies.”

Research Team

Timothy Choy

Timothy Choy

Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies; Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of California, Davis

Tim Choy is Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include ecological discourses and practices; atmospheres; human-nonhuman relations; scale, specificity, exemplarity;...

Jake Kosek

Jake Kosek

Associate Professor of Human Geography

University of California, Berkeley

Jake Kosek’s research focuses on nature, politics, and difference, using conceptual insights from geography, anthropology, science studies, and theories of history to develop new approaches to natural history as both an object of critical inquiry and a conceptual tool. Through fine-grained,...

Joseph Masco

Joseph Masco

Joseph Masco

Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College; Chair, Department of Anthropology

University of Chicago

Working at the intersection of science studies, environmental studies, media studies, and critical theory, Joseph P. Masco's scholarship examines the material, affective, and conceptual force of technological revolution and its aftermaths.

He is the author of three books, including...

Michelle Murphy

Michelle Murphy

Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies

University of Toronto

Michelle Murphy is a technoscience studies scholar and historian of the recent past whose research concerns decolonial approaches to environmental justice; reproductive justice; Indigenous science and technology studies; infrastructures and data studies; race and science; and finance and...

Project Narrative

Reading List

Stuart Elden

Terror and Territory University of Minnesota, 2009 Read

J.R. McNeill and Peter Engelke

The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 Belknap, 2014 Read

Anna Tsing, Heater Swanson, Elain Gan, Nils Bubandt (eds)

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet University of Minnesota, 2017 Read

Peter Sloterkijk

Terror from the Air Semiotext(e), 2009 Read

Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh

The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change in the Negev Desert Steidl, 2015 Read

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