GRiSTS Conference (Zoom)


Thursday, October 28, 2021, 2:00pm to 6:30pm


Online Only

"Disrupted Lives: Linking, De-linking and the Infrastructures of Recovery"

Attend this event via Zoom (advance registration required)

Graduate Research in STS: Disrupted Lives. October 28-30, 2021. Zoom register now at:

Day 1 | Friday, September 4, 2020

2:00-2:30 | Welcome & Introductions

  • Sheila JasanoffFaculty Associate. Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School.

2:30-3:30 | Student Roundtable: Disrupted Lives: Linking and De-linking

  • Discussant: Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell University.
  • "Bridging the patients and physicians Gap by building the Patient-Oriented Framework During Uncertainty time"
    Yuexing Hao, Tufts University.
  • "Technology Policy, Research, Analysis and Participation: an OER with potential for just policy outcomes"
    Daniene Byrne, Stony Brook University.
  • "Procedural Patchwork: Quilt guilds contribute complexity"
    Karen Royer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • "Mapathons: Spaces of care and cartography during COVID-19"
    Anne Lee Steele, The Graduate Institute, Geneva.

3:30-4:30 | Panel 1: Infrastructures of Recovery

  • Discussant: Stefan Helmreich, MIT.
  • "Covid-19 Pandemic and the Postdigital Infrastructures of Recovery in India"
    Ishtiaque Ahmed Levin, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • "Technosocial Discourse as Democratic Contestation: A Case Study of Aarogya Setu on Github"
    Rohan Grover, University of Southern California.
  • "Workers, S&T for a Just Transition, and the Infrastructures of Settler-colonialism"
    Alana Lajoie O'Malley, University of Ottawa.
  • "Underground Hospital"
    Dina Asfaha, University of Pennsylvania.
  • "COVID-Organics: A local 'cure' from Madagascar for a global virus"
    Chanelle Adams, Lausanne University.
  • "Medical Heroism: Renegotiating of Healthcare Work During Pandemic"
    Efe Cengiz, Goethe Universitat Frankfurt.

4:30-5:00 | Panel 1 Discussion

5:00-5:30 | Break

5:30-6:30 | Keynote Lecture

  • Patricia J. Williams, Northeastern University.

6:30 | Open Zoom Room

Day 2 | Friday, October 29

9:00 | Zoom room opens

9:30-10:30 | Panel 2: Redeeming the City of Knowledge

  • Discussant: Neil Brenner, University of Chicago.
  • "The Role of Scientific Expertise in the Drive for 'Smart Urbanism'"
    Nicolas Zehner, University of Edinburgh.
  • "Cruising Underground: Queer Disruption in the New York City Subway"
    Matthew Kateb Goldman, Brown University.
  • "Nudging in the City: Challenges to Nudge Theory Applied to the Built Environment"
    Celia Eckert, Harvard University.
  • "Routinized Eviction: How New Property Management Technologies Abuse the Law Through Scale"
    Mason Barnard, Princeton University.
  • "Machineries of re-enchantment in San Francisco technology cultures"
    Annie Hammang, Arizona State University.

10:30-11:00 | Panel 2 Discussion

11:00-12:15 | Faculty Roundtable: Disrupted Lives: Crisis & Recovery

  • Moderator: J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Arizona State University.
  • Karen Dynan, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo School of Law, SUNY.
  • Saptarishi Bandopadhyay, Osgoode Hall Law School.
  • Tim Forsyth, London School of Economics.

12:15-1:30 | Lunch & Brown Bag sessions (optional)

1:30-2:30 | Panel 3 Discussion: Modelling at the Future Frontier

  • Discussant: Gil Eyal, Columbia University.
  • "CactusNet(work) Analysis: Techno-scientific plant transfers of the arid frontier"
    Lloyd Farley, Yale University.
  • “'The flip of a few switches': The scope and meaning of one blackout across the U.S.-Mexico border"
    Caroline White-Nockleby, MIT.
  • "Post-Pandemic Emergence: Logics of Enclosure as Subtle Forms of Governance"
    Meredith Sattler, Virginia Tech.
  • "The coloring of carbon in climate science"
    Jack Hensley, Harvard University.
  • "Still and still moving: Temporal Disjunctures and the 2020 COVID-Migrant crisis in India"
    Pariroo Rattan, Harvard University.

2:30-3:00 | Panel 3 Discussion

3:00-3:30 | Panel 4: Experimenting in Memory and Imagination

  • Discussant: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • "Post-Prozac Nation: Pharmaceutical Experimentality In and After Psychiatry"
    Naomi Zucker, University of Pennsylvania.
  • "Promises for (an unattainable?) recovery. Bioeconomy imaginaries as a model for socioproductive development in Argentina"
    Gabriela Bortz, Harvard STS Program, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (IESCT-UNQ).
  • "Forgotten Diseases and the Molecular Politics of Remembering: Decoding Cooley’s Anemia at the Yale-New Haven School of Medicine (1972-1985)"
    C.K. Massey, University of Toronto.
  • "Beekeeping and Moral ‘Science’ in Restoration England"
    Marlis Hinckley, Johns Hopkins University.
  • "Experiments in Alternative Infrastructures: The Case of Cryptocurrencies"
    Raha Peyravi, MIT.

4:30-5:00 | Panel 4 Discussion

5:00-6:00 | Open Zoom room

6:00 | In-person reception at Harvard Kennedy School

Day 3 | Saturday, October 30

9:30-10:30 | Panel 5: Knowing Justice and Just Expertise

  • Discussant: Aziza Ahmed, UC Irvine.
  • "Interstitial Institutions and the Framing of Legitimacy"
    Shira Zilberstein, Harvard University.
  • "Just Science: Racial Bias, Gender Gaps and the Making of Inequality Research"
    Hilton Simmet, Harvard University.
  • "Modelling a Post-Pandemic Climate: C40, Climate Justice, and the Green Recovery"
    Taylor Davey, Harvard GSD.
  • "Why a tree demands indigenous expertise in Northeast India"
    Aparajita Majumdar, Cornell University.
  • "Complicating Narratives of Afro-Asian Solidarity: A “Distant Reading” of the 1955 Bandung Conference Proceedings"
    Nikhil Dharmaraj, Harvard College.

10:30-11:00 | Panel 5 Discussion

11:00-11:30 | Break

11:30-12:30 | Panel 6: Essentializing Work and the Disrupted Technologies of Care

  • Discussant: Dwai Banerjee, MIT.
  • "It’s Crowded at the Bottom: Trust, Visibility, and Search Algorithms on"
    Elizabeth Fetterolf, University of Oxford.
  • "Automating Care: Online Food Delivery Work During the CoVID Crisis in India"
    Anubha Singh, School of Information, University of Michigan.
  • "A Dreamy Disruption: Fieldnotes on 'Post-COVID' Techno-Entrepreneurship in the middle of the Pandemic in Small-Town India"
    Sandeep Mertia, New York University.
  • "Consent and responsibility in the making of the in-person pandemic university"
    Elizabeth Dietz, Arizona State University.
  • "Disruption as liberation? How the devalued bodies of cyberpunk shaped the violent future of the present"
    Michelle Venetucci, Yale University.

12:30-1:00 | Panel 6 Discussion

1:00-1:30 | Wrap-up & Discussion

1:30 | GRiSTS 2021 Adjourns

GRiSTS 2021 is hosted by students in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Harvard University and in schools across the Northeast. The conference is free and GRiSTS is institutionally supported by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.