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Session Submission Type: Open Panel
This session explores what matters and comes to have matter in the current atmosphere (taken both as the ambient medium of air and as the omnipresent mood of the volatile and uncertain political present). Through the presentations, we move from the depths of the earth, sphere by sphere, to the boundless envelope of air and the digital, and explore our habits and habitats through and in various mediums.
The panel speaks to the different epistemologies, processes, objects, and relations that unfold in media, as spaces that represent ensembles of nature and culture. We hope to open conversational room to outline a pragmatic contextualist environmental ethic in STS with which we can approach different physical and conceptual spaces.
Papers for Open Panels / States of matter/matters of state: Amphibious scholars in technoscientific space
Ambient Order and Topologies of Air - Aftab Mirzaei, York University STS
Revisiting Matters Cryptography in the Atmosphere of (Post-Cyber-)Feminist Technosciences - Anastassija Kostan, University of Mainz/ University of Frankfurt Germany
The Verticality of Drilling: Construction, Destruction, and Disturbance - Eric Kerr, National University of Singapore; Malini Sur, Western Sydney University
Seeing Through Rocks: Rare Earth Elements in Media History - Zane Griffin Talley Cooper, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication
The dark synthetic sky: flying and dying in the analogue atmospheres of flight simulation - Peter Hobbins, The University of Sydney