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Genevieve Bell, Director of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (also known as the 3A) Insitute and Florence McKenzie Chair (which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society) at the Australian National University, Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation, and ABC’s 2017 Boyer Lecturer, talks to our own Jodie-Lee Trembath about building the future and a question at the heart of STS inquiry: “what is important to humans and how we can make sense of that to unpack the world that we live in?”. This ep marks the beginning of a series on STS, or the study of science, technology, and society.
This month Ian (1:15) starts us off by asking how we maintain relationships with people that we met in the field. Simon (5:54) (who is in the process of finishing his PhD, go Simon!) changes our focus to a different aspect of fieldwork which can cause some researchers to feel anxious about: collecting proof. Special guest Shamim Homayun (11:24) then draws our attention to something he’s been seeing in the New Zealand news a lot recently: an Air New Zealand safety video. Finally, Jodie (17:22) ends our panel with liminality: the in-between stages of our lives, such as when you are a teenager you are between being a child and an adult.
Tiffany Cain, a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and team member of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project, spoke to our own Ian Pollock at the AAA Conference in San Jose last year about cultural history in the Yucatan and how it has influenced and constructed the identity of the local people today, how we do anthropology with people who are no longer alive, unpack the process of knowledge collection in an ‘umbrella’ heritage project, compare solo and team ethnography, and reflect on the attachment that researchers have to their fieldsite.
This month on TFS, we bring you a special panel episode recorded at the Australian Anthropological Society’s (AAS) 2018 Conference at James Cook University, Cairns, in December. In this episode, our own Simon Theobald is joined by Viktor Baskin from James Cook University, Sacha Cody from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Katherine Giunta from The University of Sydney. The theme of the conference was Life in the Age of Death, so our panel guests embraced this theme to share with us the things they had been thinking about during the week, covering a range of angles of enquiry related to this theme, from anthropological methodology to social media policy changes and their effect on the community.