Techniques Of The Corporation Keynote With Joseph Dumit

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|| Corporate Speculation: Techniques for Calibrating our Future ||

Please join us for the public Techniques of the Corporation keynote with Professor Joseph Dumit (UC Davis, Anthropology)! A reception at Massey College with light snacks and a cash bar will follow, from 6-8pm. Please see the Eventbrite for more details on the reception.

Techniques of the Corporation is a three-day conference that assembles an interdisciplinary network of established and emerging scholars whose work contributes to the critical study of the techniques, epistemologies, and imaginaries of the 20th century corporation. It is organized by Technoscience Research Unit members Justin Douglas, Bretton Fosbrook, Kira Lussier and Michelle Murphy. You can find out more about our conference and its sponsors here: http://www.corporatetechniques.com

|| Keynote Abstract ||

I—like many, if not most of you—like to think of futures with ethics in mind, what is best for people or the planet: regulations and policies that could command consensus—some sort of social contract, however weak. Then I watch how corporations act and make decisions. And realize how little I understand these creatures. When they speculate, worlds are terraformed. In this talk, I’d like to share three examples of terraforming—health/pharma, climate/energy/public relations, and politics/fracking—and then offer a playful approach to seeing like a corporation. Because it is one route to understanding how little we want to know about how little they care, about us.
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By: Technoscience Salon and Research Unit