Love in the time of STS by K. Heintzman

Heintzman, K., “Love in the Time of STS” (2013). Working Papers on Science in a Changing World. 10.

I seek to read Gary Werskey’s essay “The Marxist Critique of Capitalist Science: A History in Three Movements,” (2007) as a love story, and one that can be paralleled by another such love story in Science and Technology Studies. By reading Werskey’s narrative of Bob Young beside a piece written by Dorothy Smith (1990) on Sally Hacker, I want to draw attention to what is both jarring and gripping about such deeply personal projects. I seek to locate both of these essays as projects in memory, in what it means to try to hold onto a story – to preserve it – and also to (re-)unleash it into the world, hoping that these authors’ and mentors’ works will be remembered, rediscover, reproductive.

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Expanding teaching to match my intellectual framework

I’m rethinking an earlier post I noted that my teaching emphasizes only two of the five items that I consider to be linked together in my intellectual framework.

I’m often introducing alternatives, but not so often drawing students into building the constituency to support what is implied by the alternative. I put the alternative out there as if I’m saying it’s good and interesting, now you explore it—it’s up to you—just think about it.

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Well-pressed stories?

The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming. Edited by Andrew Pickering and Keith Guzik. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008. Pp. xiv+306. $84.95/$23.95.

“While the appliance was originally used to wring water from wet laundry, today mangles are used to press or flatten sheets, tablecloths,…” (, n.d.)
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My ontology and epistemology in tension with my pedagogy

A transcript of a work-in-progress presentation about ontology, epistemology, and pedagogy— specifically, my ontology, epistemology, and pedagogy. More specifically, how they might be affected by our current time of crisis.
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Responding to recurrent claims that science now shows race has a biological basis

This podcast examines several kinds of conceptual problems that have not been addressed by scientists and other commentators who claim, as happens every few years, that science now shows race has a biological basis (mp3 22 mins)
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Working papers on heterogeneity and other matters

Four recently uploaded working papers from years past:
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When a field gets to a challenging place, then stops

An unscripted podcast (55mins) about when fields get to some interesting place and then they drop the ball. The episodes that I will describe come from fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, social studies of science, epidemiology and population health, and life in general