Sociology 430 - Fall 2002

Debate Guidelines

On Monday, 11/4, we will debate the following proposition:


"Entities such as the fetus, chip, gene, bomb, brain, race, ecosystem, seed, and database ... are all part of a material technology for tearing down the Berlin Wall between the world of objects and the world of subjects, and the world of the political and the technical. They all attest, witness, to the implosion of nature and culture in the embodied entities of the world and their explosion into contestations for possible, maybe even livable, worlds in globalized technoscience."

-- Donna Haraway, Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium, p. 270


The debate format will be as follows. We will have two teams, one presenting an argument for the position stated above, one arguing against it. Each team will be given 15 minutes for an initial presentation and an additional 10 minutes for rebuttal of the other team's remarks, with a working break between.

Good luck!

last updated December 17, 2002