GRiSTS Conference (Zoom)


Saturday, October 30, 2021, 9:30am to 1:30pm


Online Only

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

Attend this event via Zoom (advance registration required)

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 HilgartnerCornell University.
  • "Bridging the patients and physicians Gap by building the Patient-Oriented Framework During Uncertainty time"
    Yuexing HaoTufts University.
  • "Technology Policy, Research, Analysis and Participation: an OER with potential for just policy outcomes"
    Daniene ByrneStony Brook University.
  • "Procedural Patchwork: Quilt guilds contribute complexity"
    Karen RoyerWorcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • "Mapathons: Spaces of care and cartography during COVID-19"
    Anne Lee SteeleThe Graduate Institute, Geneva.

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

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

4:30-5:00 | Panel 1 Discussion

5:00-5:30 | Break

5:30-6:30 | Keynote Lecture

  • Patricia J. WilliamsNortheastern 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 BrennerUniversity of Chicago.
  • "The Role of Scientific Expertise in the Drive for 'Smart Urbanism'"
    Nicolas ZehnerUniversity of Edinburgh.
  • "Cruising Underground: Queer Disruption in the New York City Subway"
    Matthew Kateb GoldmanBrown University.
  • "Nudging in the City: Challenges to Nudge Theory Applied to the Built Environment"
    Celia EckertHarvard University.
  • "Routinized Eviction: How New Property Management Technologies Abuse the Law Through Scale"
    Mason BarnardPrinceton University.
  • "Machineries of re-enchantment in San Francisco technology cultures"
    Annie HammangArizona State University.

10:30-11:00 | Panel 2 Discussion

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

  • Moderator: J. Benjamin HurlbutArizona State University.
  • Karen DynanHarvard Kennedy School.
  • Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo School of Law, SUNY.
  • Saptarishi BandopadhyayOsgoode Hall Law School.
  • Tim ForsythLondon 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 EyalColumbia University.
  • "CactusNet(work) Analysis: Techno-scientific plant transfers of the arid frontier"
    Lloyd FarleyYale University.
  • “'The flip of a few switches': The scope and meaning of one blackout across the U.S.-Mexico border"
    Caroline White-NocklebyMIT.
  • "Post-Pandemic Emergence: Logics of Enclosure as Subtle Forms of Governance"
    Meredith SattlerVirginia Tech.
  • "The coloring of carbon in climate science"
    Jack HensleyHarvard University.
  • "Still and still moving: Temporal Disjunctures and the 2020 COVID-Migrant crisis in India"
    Pariroo RattanHarvard University.

2:30-3:00 | Panel 3 Discussion

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

  • Discussant: Sheila JasanoffHarvard Kennedy School.
  • "Post-Prozac Nation: Pharmaceutical Experimentality In and After Psychiatry"
    Naomi ZuckerUniversity of Pennsylvania.
  • "Promises for (an unattainable?) recovery. Bioeconomy imaginaries as a model for socioproductive development in Argentina"
    Gabriela BortzHarvard 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. MasseyUniversity of Toronto.
  • "Beekeeping and Moral ‘Science’ in Restoration England"
    Marlis HinckleyJohns Hopkins University.
  • "Experiments in Alternative Infrastructures: The Case of Cryptocurrencies"
    Raha PeyraviMIT.

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 AhmedUC Irvine.
  • "Interstitial Institutions and the Framing of Legitimacy"
    Shira ZilbersteinHarvard 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 DaveyHarvard GSD.
  • "Why a tree demands indigenous expertise in Northeast India"
    Aparajita MajumdarCornell University.
  • "Complicating Narratives of Afro-Asian Solidarity: A “Distant Reading” of the 1955 Bandung Conference Proceedings"
    Nikhil DharmarajHarvard 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 BanerjeeMIT.
  • "It’s Crowded at the Bottom: Trust, Visibility, and Search Algorithms on"
    Elizabeth FetterolfUniversity of Oxford.
  • "Automating Care: Online Food Delivery Work During the CoVID Crisis in India"
    Anubha SinghSchool 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 MertiaNew York University.
  • "Consent and responsibility in the making of the in-person pandemic university"
    Elizabeth DietzArizona State University.
  • "Disruption as liberation? How the devalued bodies of cyberpunk shaped the violent future of the present"
    Michelle VenetucciYale 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.