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Chris Young <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 10 Mar 1999 10:34:55 -0800
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Lillian Isacks wrote:
> Technology & Identity
> A Conference at Cornell University
> April 16-18, 1999
> As a theoretical term, identity is being increasingly invoked by
> analysts in science and technology studies (S&TS) and other fields to
> order and explain actors' values, interests, practices, and more
> generally, world-views. As social constructs, heterogeneous
> assemblages can form, maintain, fragment, and completely transform the
> identities of collectivities and actors. The graduate students of the
> Science & Technology Studies Department at Cornell University announce
> a conference to explore the boundaries of identity, to be held April
> 16-18, 1999. How are identities constructed and defined? What work do
> actors achieve by drawing on identity as a resource? In our analyses,
> what work do we accomplish by using the term "identity" as compared to
> other theoretical resources? By focusing on the constructed boundaries
> of identity, including those between other identities, we hope to
> investigate core questions in S&TS such as how some identities are
> maintained or how a particular sociotechnical system can support
> multiple identities. Ken Gergen, Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore
> College, will deliver the keynote address. Although conference
> participants may study these questions at multiple levels, such as the
> nation-state or the laboratory, and with diverse empirical concerns,
> we expect papers to engage with theoretical questions raised by the
> intersection of technology and identity. Conference information is
> posted as available at