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Platypod is the official podcast of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing. We talk about anthropology, STS, and all things tech. Tune in for conversations with researchers and experts on how technology is shaping our world. (Jingle by chimerical. CC BY-NC 4.0)

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Platypod is the official podcast of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing. We talk about anthropology, STS, and all things tech. Tune in for conversations with researchers and experts on how technology is shaping our world. (Jingle by chimerical. CC BY-NC 4.0)

    Between the Bitterness of Anonymity and Ethics is Racism: Reflections for Anthropological Research on Science in the 'Backyard'

    Between the Bitterness of Anonymity and Ethics is Racism: Reflections for Anthropological Research on Science in the 'Backyard'

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by João Paulo Siqueira can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/between-the-bitterness-of-anonymity-and-ethics-is-racism-reflections-for-anthropological-research-on-science-in-the-backyard/. About the post: Therefore, my contribution to the discussion circle was to challenge the idea that we conduct research "at home" or "in our own backyard," as my interlocutors and I were constantly reminded in the field that this was not our place, much less our home. This highlights the constitutive nature of racial relations in these dynamics, given that my interlocutors and I are Black researchers, while all members of the institution were white. (This episode is available in additional languages on Platypus, The CASTAC Blog.)

    On Disability, Infrastructure, and Shame

    On Disability, Infrastructure, and Shame

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by Elizabeth Roberts can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/on-disability-infrastructure-and-shame/. About the post: Before the pandemic, I frequently went back and forth to Mexico City for work and flew regularly within the USA to give talks and workshops. The pandemic arrived just as my nerve pain made getting to a plane gate too far, which meant that, for a time, the pandemic made my immobility less noteworthy. As travel restrictions lifted, I was fearful I was no longer who anthropologists are supposed to be, hypermobile, adaptable, independent, not having to question what about my “body/mind enabled my research” (Durban 2022). Spinster partially reenabled me. Together we could smoothly manage my bag in airports, which tend to have flat floors, automatic doors, as well as working elevators. I was a gliding, many-pronged creature.

    What Will Be Lost: A Cat, a Man with a Horse, and the Battle at Court

    What Will Be Lost: A Cat, a Man with a Horse, and the Battle at Court

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by Carolina Angel Botero can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/what-will-be-lost-a-cat-a-man-with-a-horse-and-the-battle-at-court/. About the post: This essay joins ethnographic fieldwork with a visual storyboard to explore speculative futures that arise from ongoing processes of dispossession and loss in the foothills of the Andes mountains in Central Chile.

    Being Heard as Experimental

    Being Heard as Experimental

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by Jonathan Givan can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/being-heard-as-experimental/. About the post: In this post, I want to explore histories of experimental music and contrast it with histories of Hip Hop to better understand who is allowed to be labeled as experimenting within music and how the answers to these questions exist along particular lines of race, space, and time.

    The “Doing” of Collaborative Ethnography

    The “Doing” of Collaborative Ethnography

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by John Neufeld can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/the-doing-of-collaborative-ethnography/. About the post: In the time Montreal Waterways spent engaging with the island’s residents and its landscape, it became evident that an island is more than a park: an island is actually a composite of a great number of things that hold meanings that sometimes conflict or contradict each other, especially when so many actors are invested in a version of the island’s story.

    Premediations of Carcerality: Notes on Targeted Surveillance in Postcolonial India

    Premediations of Carcerality: Notes on Targeted Surveillance in Postcolonial India

    This bonus content is a reading from Platypus, the CASTAC Blog. The full post by Mehak Sawhney can be read at https://blog.castac.org/2024/06/premediations-of-carcerality-notes-on-targeted-surveillance-in-postcolonial-india/. About the post: I refer to the various surveillance media practices that underpin the technological and legal procedures of targeted political imprisonment—from recording and observing to hacking and planting “evidence”—as premediations of carcerality. Such premediations vary between mass and targeted surveillance and, in the case of the BK-16, have changed from surveillance as passive observation to surveillance as orchestrating incarceration.

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