Saturday, March 10, 2007

Squier: reluctant goodbye

Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 23:33:45 -0500

I hate to leave this virtual conference in the middle of such ferment: love the idea of the virtual plush pets (though of course I worry about the Gundification of resistant science studies), and wanted to spend some time talking with Miriam van Rijsingen about the chicken art of Koen van Mechelen. I did know his work, have been following it for a couple of years, though the website does seem to be a dead-end for the last year or so. (Has he switched websites? ) There are a couple of artists working on chicken breeding, which in the worst case scenario seems to me to fall in the category of "bespoke animals," and to produce a queasy sense of undifferentiation between the poultry industry and the art industry.

But I'm off to a zone with no email, so I'll wish all of you well and look forward to checking in at the end of the symposium (if it's still up on the 18th) to see what has emerged. I do hope some of those graphic fiction writers have checked in, perhaps to talk a bit about the pluripotentiality of graphic fiction images, in contrast to the specificity of biomedical imaging.

Susan Squier
Director, Science, Medicine, Technology in Culture Program
Brill Professor of Women's Studies, English, and Science, Technology and Society
The Pennsylvania State University

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