SIRG hosts a reading group that meets to discuss publications of mutual interest. The group also provides a friendly and supportive environment in which members can share their research work in progress.
Texts recently discussed include:
- Andrew Pickering, ‘Cybernetics and the Mangle: Ashby, Beer and Pask,’ Social Studies of Science, 32(3), 2002, 413-437.
- Langdon Winner, ‘Do Artifacts have Politics?’ Daedalus, 109(1), Winter, 1980.
- Bernward Joerges, ‘Do Politics have Artefacts?’, Social Studies of Science, 29(3), 2002, 413-437, 1999.
- Eric Katz, ‘On the Neutraility of Technology: The Holocaust Death Camps as a Counterexample’, Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 7, no. 3, September 2005, 409-421.
- David Edgerton, The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900, Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Paddy Scannel, ‘The Question of Technology’, in Narrating Media History, ed. Michael Bailey, Routledge, 2009, 199-211.
- Kenneth Lipartito, ‘Picturephone and the Information Age: The Social Meaning of Failure’, Technology and Culture, 44(1), 2003, 50-81.
- Eric Schatzberg, ‘Ideology and Technical Choice: The Decline of the Wooden Airplane in the United States, 1920-1945′, Technology and Culture, 35(1), 1994, 34-69.
New members are always welcome. Contact the group’s convenor, Ian Martin, for the date and time of the next meeting.