Conference Co-Chairs

Aya Kimura (Co-Chair)

Aya H. Kimura is a sociologist working in the field of Science and Technology Studies, feminist political ecology, and agrofood studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She completed her MA in environmental studies at Yale University and her PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of technoscience and gender particularly in the fields of food and environmental issues in Asia. She has written on issues such as nutrition and body, food safety and security, risk communication, nuclear power, and social movements. You can see the list of her work at

Grant Jun Otsuki (Co-Chair)

Grant Otsuki is a senior lecturer in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has a PhD in anthropology (Toronto), and an MS in STS (RPI). Previously, he was assistant professor of anthropology, University of Tsukuba, Japan. His work is in the anthropology and history of technology. Grant has written about human–machine interfaces and the history of cybernetics in Japan, postcolonial anthropology, translation, and the anthropology of ethics in Japanese and English.

Conference Secretary

Callan Sait

Callan Sait holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. His research explored the negotiation and provision of ordinariness and/as care in long-term institutional eldercare in Japan, and the role of technology in this process. He has previously taught Medical Anthropology and is currently a Teaching Fellow in Cultural Anthropology at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, teaching Science, Technology and Culture. His research interests include care work, human-technology interaction, disability, and ethics.

Local Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Joan Fujimura (Co-Chair)

Joan Fujimura is currently Professor Emerita and was the Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the Founding Director of its Science and Technology Studies Program and the Holtz Center for Research in Science, Technology, Medicine, and Environment and also served as faculty advisor in Asian American Studies. She was as the 2019-2021 President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Fujimura has taught in Sociology at Harvard and was the Henry R. Luce Professor of Biotechnology and Society at Stanford. She has studied research practices in cancer research, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, epigenetics and systems biology, algorithmic sciences, and blood infrastructures. Through ethnographic research in these arenas, Fujimura has developed theoretical concepts that include doable problems, standardization, bandwagons, theory-methods packages, socio-material analysis, awkward surpluses, authorizing knowledge, future imaginaries, postgenomic futures, and genome geography. She is interested in issues that arise when epistemologies of science collide with social and political issues especially in algorithmic sciences. Her books include Crafting Science (Harvard 1996) and The Right Tools for the Job: At Work in Twentieth Century Life Sciences (Princeton 1992), and she has published numerous journal research articles. Fujimura’s current research examines the use of race and genomics in blood infrastructures and practices.

Misria Shaik Ali (Co-Chair)

Misria holds a PhD in STS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MA in Public Policy from O.P. Jindal Global University. She is currently the third year representative of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Student Section (6S). Misria’s work is in Critical Nuclear Studies and epistemologies of (environmental) neglect, Agnotology. Misria has written about knowing radioactive contamination, nuclear regulation, environmental and health governance of irradiation, and scientific and technological development in India. She also writes in newspapers and academic magazines on the ongoing persecution of Muslims and Muslim alterity in India.

Program Committee

Anne Pollock (Chair)
King’s College London

Onur Aslan
University of California-Davis

Jess Auerbach
University of Cape Town

Xan Chacko
Wellesley College

Melissa Creary
University of Michigan

Amanda Domingues
Cornell University 

Nadine Ehlers
University of Sydney

Mascha Gugganig
Technical University Munich

Lea Happ
King’s College London

Klaus Høyer
University of Copenhagen

Noela Invernizzi
Universidade Federal do Paraná

Chihyung Jeon
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Koichi Kameda
Université de Paris

Jaya Keaney
University of Melbourne

Tania Perez-Bustos
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Thao Phan
Monash University

Matthew Sample
Leibniz Universität Hannover

Mitali Thakor
Wesleyan University

Natali Valdez
Purdue University

Natasha Vally
University of Cape Town

Tomiko Yamaguchi
International Christian University

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