Implosion Labs Founder Dr. Danya Glabau will be presenting on the future of food and leading a design anthropology workshop at the Social Innovation and Social Justice: Rethinking Design Anthropology conference, March 29-30 at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
During this three-day event that brings together design, anthropology, environmental studies, and other professors and practitioners from the University if Cincinnati and beyond, Dr. Glabau will be presenting research on how to think about the future of food and leading a cyborg anthropology workshop. Workshops at the event are open to the public with registration.
In the talk Moon Dust and Rainbows, Dr. Glabau will discuss how food consumption and production are not only issues of individual choice, but, in fact, help to maintain and reproduce durable structures of difference and exclusion in society. These structures matter for who has access to health and happiness in the contemporary United States, a society marked by increasingly unequal access to the resources necessary for both biological and social flourishing. As technology-driven proposals about the future of food proliferate, the issue of what social forms they may reproduce should be problematized in innovation, research, and public discourse.
In her workshop How Like a Cyborg: Rethinking the Agency of Users and Things in Innovation, participants will get an introduction to “cyborg anthropology,” a research methodology that proposes deep integration of the analysis of humans and machines, stresses the responsibility of researchers to pay attention to how technologies can perpetuate difference and power dynamics, and centers collaboration. Through short readings by theorists like Donna Haraway, Joseph Dumit, Natasha Myers, and Bruno Latour, participants will gain an appreciation of the philosophy and ethics behind this approach to research. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing the agency of non-humans and what that means for human users and societies. Then, a structured ethnographic activity will allow participants to test out these theoretical propositions in the material world.