Gregory Clancey

Gregory Clancey is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, the Leader of the STS (Science, Technology, and Society) Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) and Master of Tembusu College at National University of Singapore (NUS). He formerly served NUS as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and as Chairman of the General Education Steering Committee, on which he’s still a member.

Assoc. Prof. Clancey received his Ph.D. in the Historical and Social Study of Science and Technology from MIT, and has been a Fulbright Graduate Scholar at the University of Tokyo, and a Lars Hierta Scholar at the Royal Institute of Technology (KtH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He has won three NUS teaching awards. Assoc. Prof. Clancey’s research centers on the cultural history of science & technology, particularly in modern Japan and East Asia. His book Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity (Berkeley: U. of California Press, 2006) won the Sidney Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology in 2007, and was selected as one of the “11 Best Books about Science” for the UC Berkeley Summer Reading List, sent to all incoming Freshmen in 2009. He is co-editor of Major Problems in the History of American Technology (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1998) and Historical Perspectives on East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (Singapore: Singapore U. Press & World Scientific 2002). In 2012, he was the recipient of MIT’s Morison Prize, awarded for significant contributions to education and research in STS.

Margaret Tan
Dr. Margaret Tan is an academic and artist from Singapore, and works with a wide range of media. Through a feminist perspective, she is interested in the intersections of body with space, technology and culture. Margaret holds a BFA from RMIT/LASALLE College of the Arts and an MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London. View her artworks here. Margaret is currently a Fellow at Tembusu College and Research Fellow with the Science, Technology, and Society Research Cluster at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She received her PhD from the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Her dissertation involves a critical analysis of the visions and discourses surrounding pervasive computing and Singapore's latest IT Masterplan called Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015). It investigates how both sets of vision and discourse intersect through globalisation and technologies underpinned by neo-liberal values, post-Cold War techniques and technicity, and considers these implications on creative and feminist endeavours.
Itty Abraham

Itty Abraham is Head of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He moved to NUS from the University of Texas at Austin, where he directed the South Asia Institute from 2007-2010. Before that he served as program director for Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Global Security and Cooperation at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York and Washington, D.C.. He is the author, most recently, of How India Became Territorial: Foreign Policy, Diaspora, Geopolitics, published by Stanford University Press in 2014; the editor of volumes on borderlands, political violence, and nuclear power; and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. He was a Fulbright-Nehru senior fellow in 2011 and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, and the Ford, Rockefeller, and, MacArthur foundations, among others. His research interests include science and technology studies, postcolonial theory, and international relations.

Catelijne Coopmans

A Dutch national, Catelijne received her first degree from the Arts & Sciences Program at the University of Maastricht, and then moved to the University of Oxford where she obtained a Master's in Social History of Medicine and a D.Phil (Ph.D.) in Management Studies. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London before joining the National University of Singapore in 2008. Initially attached to the Sociology Department, Catelijne joined Tembusu College when it opened in mid-2011. She also holds a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute. Catelijne's research is in the field of social and cultural studies of science, technology and medicine. She is particularly interested in the production and communication of knowledge and evidence especially visual evidence. Recent work has focused on medical imaging and business data visualization. At Tembusu, she teaches a Junior Seminar on "Fakes", and a Senior Seminar on "Biomedicine and Singapore Society." As part of the Third Year Experience, she collaborates with students on projects related to gender/sexism and student-led teaching. In January 2014, the volume Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited, co-edited by Catelijne Coopmans, Janet Vertesi, Michael Lynch and Steve Woolgar was published by MIT Press.

Sulfikar Amir

Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor in the Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, where he teaches subjects on science, technology, and society, and sociology risk and disaster. His research interests include sociology of technology, development, globalization, sociology of risk and resilience, and city studies. He has conducted research on nuclear politics and risk in Southeast Asia, examining the social and political dimensions of nuclear power in emerging democracies. His ongoing project on nuclear risk searches for the origins of vulnerability in socio-technical system, which is situated in the Fukushima nuclear crisis. He is also involved in an National Research Foundation-funded project that aims to develop the underwater city in Singapore in which he studies the socio-technical dimensions of the underwater infrastructure, taking into account risk and sustainability as the main features. The primary conceptual framework used in his research centres on the notion of socio-technical resilience, which is defined as the ability to bounce back from shock and disruption built by the integration between social and technical elements.

Lisa Onaga

Lisa A. Onaga joined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, and she received her B.Sc in biology from Brown University. Her research on the history of biology in Japan examines how and why the study of heredity and genetics grew alongside the booming raw silk trade of early twentieth century. Her book project, Anatomy of a Hybrid: A Sericultural History of Genetics in Modern Japan, illustrates why the rationalization of silkworm husbandry serves as a potent site for understanding a nation's entangled interests in industry and trade, biology, and race. Her additional interdisciplinary research interests include: history of agriculture, technology, and industry; biodiversity and genetic resources at national and global levels; and histories of Asian Americans in biology.

Hallam Stevens

Hallam Stevens an Assistant Professor in the Division of History at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He writes about genomics, the life sciences, big data, and the history of computers. At NTU, he teaches classes on these topics as well as on food history and military history. In 2013, he published Life Out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics (University of Chicago Press) and in 2015 co-edited a volume (with Sarah Richardson) under the title Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome (Duke University Press).

Eric Kerr

Eric Kerr is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Science, Technology & Society cluster at the Asia Research Institute, Fellow of Tembusu College, and Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore. He writes primarily on the philosophy of technology and epistemology, with a focus on petroleum engineering. He is currently working on issues of risk, safety, expertise, responsibility, evidence, artefacts, perception and cognition based on his philosophical research and fieldwork with engineers in Thailand. Eric received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Vienna and TU Delft.

John DiMoia

John P. DiMoia is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Princeton University (2007).

His first book, Reconstructing Bodies: Biomedicine, Health, and Nation-Building in South Korea since 1945, was published in 2013 (Stanford UP/ Columbia UP WEAI series).  He is also working on a second project, Energy and Infrastructure, a book project (2014-2017) on the problems associated with power generation and related technical/ infrastructural issues in and around the Korean Peninsula.

Along with Drs. Hiromi Mizuno (Associate Professor, University of Minnesota) and Aaron Moore (Associate Professor, Arizona State University) he is also completing an edited volume project, “Engineering Asia”.

Jessica Ratcliff
Dr. Ratcliff did her graduate work in the Department of History at the University of Oxford, where she completed a Ph.D. in the history of science. While at Oxford, she also earned an MSc in the history of scientific instruments at the Museum of the History of Science. As an undergraduate at Vassar College, Dr. Ratcliff majored in cognitive science and computer science, receiving her BA with general and departmental honors. Prior to joining Yale-NUS, Dr. Ratcliff was a postdoctoral fellow in the Information in Society Program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois. She has also taught at Cornell University and Stevens Institute of Technology. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Maritime Museum London, the Huntington Library, and the University of Sydney, and also through grants from Somerville College, Linacre College, and the Vassar College Graduate Fellowship Program. Dr. Ratcliff was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado.
Jerome Whitington

Dr. Jerome Whitington has a joint appointment as a Fellow of Tembusu College and a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology & Society cluster at the Asia Research Institute. His primary book project The New Earth: Climate Change as a Human Problem, studies emerging regimes to manage the chemical composition of the atmosphere. In particular, it investigates practices of quantification, conventions and technology, such as in carbon accounting, emissions management, carbon markets and other forms of interactive practices with the atmosphere. He formerly held positions at Dartmouth College and at the New School in the United States and lived for six years in Thailand and Laos. Dr. Whitington is currently writing two papers that explore the atmosphere as technical media, one titled "Accounting For Atmosphere", on carbon accounting, and the other titled "Carbon's Second Life" on carbon markets. "The Prey of Uncertainty: Climate Change as Opportunity", has been published in the journal Ephemera. He is also beginning a research segment on geoengineering proposals. His previous project deals with sustainable hydropower in Southeast Asia, specifically industry management attempts to incorporate new environmental objectives, and the fuzzy boundaries between nature and media in risk management practices. In 2008, he edited a special issue of Parallax entitled "Science and the Political", including his article "Intervention, Management, Technological Error".

Sorelle Henricus

Sorelle Henricus is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, where she is writing her dissertation on knowledge and critical thought in the 21st century. She is interested in the different ways we can “think” knowledge particularly in the forms they appear today — as techno-science and digital culture. Alongside twentieth and twenty-first century literature, and continental philosophy, some of the objects of her research are bio-medical science, modern and contemporary architecture, and documentary film. She has co-organized and given papers at workshops on both classic and contemporary thinkers in the tradition of critical philosophy, including, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Blanchot, Adorno, Derrida, Baudrillard, Virilio, and Nancy.

At Tembusu College, she teaches a seminar entitled “The Bio-tech Future: Sci-Fi Film and Society”. Through this course, students have the opportunity to examine portrayals of the future in film, and what these might tell us about the way science and technology is perceived in the world today.

Shekhar Krishnan

Shekhar Krishnan is a historian and anthropologist of cities and technology in South Asia. He is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2016), and has previously been with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai (2015). He completed his PhD in the Program in Science Technology & Society (STS) at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2013). His forthcoming work is titled Empire's Metropolis: Money, Time and Space in Colonial Bombay, 1870-1920.

Ellan Spero
Ellan Spero studies the ways that people envision human progress, through the institutions, things, and narratives that they create. A historian of technology, her current research project on academic-industrial partnerships, combines business and institutional history, with material culture of science and technology. She is currently a joint postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Tyson Vaughan

Tyson Vaughan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Urbanisms and Science, Technology, and Society Clusters at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His teaching and research interests revolve around "disaster studies," public engagement with technoscience, and democratic governance of "envirotechnical" risk, and "sociotechnical" order. His dissertation is an ethnographic, socio-historical study of community-based public participation in post-disaster recovery planning in Japan from Kobe's 1995 earthquake through ongoing recovery efforts in the tsunami-devastated areas of the northeastern coast. He received a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, and a BA in English (creative writing) from Stanford University.


Welcome to Singapore in 2016. Our city-state is home to a thriving and expanding community of young STS-oriented scholars spread across four institutions of higher learning, all of whom are cooperating to make this meeting a success. If you've never been to Asia, or Southeast Asia, this is your opportunity to extend horizons. The same is true if you're already in the region, as the conference will bring some of the leading STS scholars from around the world to your doorstep. As for the history of technology, we intend this conference to be a landmark event in that field, and an invitation to scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and locations to join us in thinking historically (or 'diachronically', as your taste dictates) about the role and presence of technologies in human and non-human affairs.

Asia is an originator and consumer of so much of the world's technology, but is under-represented in social science and humanities scholarship that considers technology as a category. This is most apparent when it comes to accounts that transcend the immediate present. While this conference will feature papers from every part of the globe, and not just Asia, it's also a unique opportunity to reflect on what the rise of social science and humanities scholarship on technology in this half of the world means - and could mean - across all our fields and locations.

Our venue, Tembusu College at NUS, is one of four residential colleges at the National University of Singapore's new "University Town" campus. Named after a local tree, the college counts STS scholarship, environmentalism, and international relations among its themes, which makes us a natural host for SHOT. Our campus is spacious and green, with landmark architecture, lots of restaurants, and ubiquitous air conditioning. A large staff of students and academics here will also be working to make you comfortable. Please join us and help through your presence and contribution to make SHOT's very first Asia-based conference a great success.

Gregory Clancey
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Master, Tembusu College
Associate Professor, Dept. of History and Asia Research Institute (ARI)
Leader, STS Cluster, Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore (NUS)


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