Brave New South Asia: Science, Technology and Society

April 15-17, 2014, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States

Note that the new dates of the symposium are April 15-17. 2014. Since April 18 is Good Friday, observed in Hawaii as a state holiday, we are holding the symposium April 15-17 instead of the previously announced April 16-18.

Inventions and innovations have a long history in South Asia. During the last three decades of globalization and neoliberalism, however, practices and discourse have both amplified the attention to developments in science and technology in South Asia while intensifying debates over their promise and dangers. This symposium invites critical reflections on science and technology as they transform the relationship between humans and their environments and reshape our conceptions of the human and natural in the context of South Asia and the diaspora. We are interested in a conversation across the sciences, social sciences and humanities that examines the interface between science and technology and the varied social, political and cultural ecologies as they have developed over time to bring us to our current moment — when South Asia figures as an incubator of innovations and as a striking example of their utopic and dystopic manifestations.

Posted: February 10, 2014