Spring Semester 2021
Reflections on Gaming and STS
Wednesday, April 17th at noon.
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo is a Gateway Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Brown and postdoctoral fellow at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, where she teaches courses in rap songwriting and feminist sound studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2019. Her doctoral research explores the politics of community-studios, a term she has developed for fixed and mobile recording studios that prioritize working with artists from “underserved” communities as well as women and non-binary artists with the goal of providing these groups with free and low-cost recording services and education. In addition to her research and pedagogical practice, she also performs original music as a producer and rapper under the moniker Sammus. In 2019 she began working as an audio director at Glow Up Games, an R&D game studio responsible for developing a rap composition video game based on the HBO scripted series "Insecure." Drawing on her experience working on the game, her forthcoming research will focus on the challenges of designing rap composition tools that prioritize hip-hop heads and gamers while engaging with broader cultural conversations about problematic yet ubiquitous phenomena like “digital blackface,” “blackfishing,” and the “blaccent” as they are performed and circulated on apps like TikTok and Instagram.
Kiri Miller is Professor of American Studies at Brown. Her work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and virtual/visceral performance practices. Her latest book, Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media (Oxford, 2017), investigates how dance video games teach choreography, remediate popular music, invite experimentation with gendered and racialized movement styles, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition. It was awarded the Alan Merriam Book Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Dance Studies Association de la Torre Bueno Prize. Her previous monographs are Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012) and Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008).
Save the date for a future event: Reflections on Art, Poetry, and STS
Wednesday, March 17 at noon
Zoom link for March 17: https://brown.zoom.us/j/99560366715?pwd=VW9wRitqWXBiNXovMk1TYi9MTWVxQT09
Thursday, October 29, 12-1 pm: Expertise and the Pandemic:
Reflections from the anthropology and history of medicine
Please join us for a conversation between Katherine Mason and Deborah Levine about STS, expertise, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
--Katherine Mason is the Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University and author of the award-winning book, Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic. Prof. Mason has written several articles about SARS and Covid-19, including in Current History and Fieldsights, and she is the co-lead investigator for the Pandemic Journaling Project.
--Deborah Levine is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Providence College. A historian of medicine who regularly writes and teaches on health policy, Prof. Levine has recently drawn on insights from the history of medicine in articles in the Washington Post about vaccines and low-tech technologies for managing Covid-19.