Monday, 16 June 2014


Re/Making the Unknown: A Symposium Exploring Humanistic Approaches in Science and Technology Research

Re/making the unknown, Symposium Critical Making Lab University of Toronto

 A few of us from the Critical Making Lab are co-organizing a half-day symposium that brings together scholars from multiple fields to discuss the use of interdisciplinary humanistic approaches and methods in understanding:
- how scientific and cultural knowledge are produced
- how infrastructures that cross disciplinary boundaries can share objects, methods, and features
- how new technologies that blur material/digital distinctions are changing cultural institutions

Date: June 18
Location: Room 1150, Robarts Library (Main Floor), 130 St. George Street,
University of Toronto

Session One – 10am to 12pm
Finding the Known in the Unknown – This session will discuss historically-informed approaches to curating unknown, discarded, and damaged/destroyed technoscientific objects. This session will be facilitated by curators from the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection, and will present a handful of case studies that see historical artifacts from the collection brought to new life through the use of cutting edge technologies.

Coffee and light lunch (provided) – 12pm to 1pm

Session Two – 1pm to 3pm
3D (De/Re)Materialization - This session will consider, with respect to the use of 3D technologies in humanistic approaches to science and technology studies, how 3D scanning and printing can be beneficial for some humanities scholars. Through the presentation of relevant examples and a live demonstration of 3D scanning and printing technologies, it will encourage a discussion around whether 3D makes possible certain kinds of investigations that are becoming increasingly necessary in a number of disciplines. The session will be facilitated by scholars from Information, Museum Studies, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

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