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By Alberto Morales Ramirez
and Duygu Kasdogan.
STS Publications, August 2018.

Cultural Anthropology Journal cover, multicolor design with old type writer keys featured in the center.



I. Origins

II. Conditions

III. Infrastructures

IV. Events

V. Frameworks

VI. Projects

VII. Education

VIII. Engagements

IX. Topics

X. Futures



STS Across Borders seeks to showcase STS from different regions, diasporas, and genealogies by exploring different ways STS developed across time and space, and the structures, infrastructures, and systems that have allowed–or worked against–the cultivation of STS modes of thinking. Digital collections developed as part of STS Across Borders are hosted in an evolving archive, infraStrucTureS.

STS Across Borders digital collections are focused through ten questions that can be asked across all STS Formations so as to provoke comparative insight.

ORIGINS: What stories have been told about the beginnings of this STS formation?
CONDITIONS: What external conditions have influenced this STS formation?
INFRASTRUCTURES: What scholarly infrastructure has supported this STS formation?
EVENTS: What events have marked the development of this STS formation?
FRAMEWORKS: What (methodological/ theoretical/ political/ ethical) frameworks have had strong influences on this STS formation?
PROJECTS: What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?
EDUCATION: What educational programs have been built within and through this STS formation?
ENGAGEMENTS: How has the work of this STS formation moved beyond the university?
TOPICS: What topics have been prominent in this STS formation in different periods?
FUTURES: How is the future of this STS formation envisioned?




The Journal's Open Access Policy states the following:

In 2014, Cultural Anthropology went open-access, which means that all journal content published since 2014 is freely available on the Cultural Anthropology website immediately upon publication. Users are permitted to download, save, reproduce, and transmit journal content for noncommercial, scholarly, and educational purposes. Reproduction and transmission of journal content for the above purposes should credit the author and original source. Use, reproduction, or distribution of journal content for commercial purposes requires additional permissions from the American Anthropological Association.





Brad Weiss
(William & Mary)
Heather Paxson
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Chris Nelson
(University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Dominic Boyer 
(Rice University)
Cymene Howe 
(Rice University)
James Faubion 
(Rice University)
Marcel LaFlamme - Managing Editor


Anne Allison
Charles Piot
Ali Kenner - 1st Managing Editor

Kim Fortun 
Mike Fortun

Ann Anagnost

Dan Segal

Fred Myers

George Marcus




Over 80 articles appear under Science and Technology Studies covering a wide-range of topics:

The Wild Indoors: Room-Spaces of Scientific Inquiry

Gravity’s Reverb: Listening to Space-Time, or Articulating the Sounds of Gravitational-Wave Detection

Toward an Anthropology of Landmines: Rogue Infrastructure and Military Waste in the Korean DMZ

Circulating Ignorance: Complexity and Agnogenesis in the Obesity “Epidemic”

Anthropology Electric

Economy Electric

Tentacles of Modernity: Why Electricity Needs Anthropology

Our Master’s Voice, the Practice of Melancholy, and Minor Sciences

Life Above Earth: An Introduction

Relational Space: An Earthly Installation


Better Weather?: The Cultivation of the Sky

From Anthropologist to Actant (and back to Anthropology): Position, Impasse, and Observation in Sociotechnical Collaboration

Wild Goose Chase: The Displacement of Influenza Research in the Fields of Poyang Lake, China

Ethnography and Theory of the Signature in Physics

Genetic Diaspora: Producing Knowledge of Genes and Jews in Rural South Africa

Ironies of Laboratory Work during Ghana's Second Age of Optimism

Governing Disaster: The Political Life of the Environment during the BP Oil Spill

Traveling Technologies: Infrastructure, Ethical Regimes, and the Materiality of Politics in South Africa

Beyond Fact or Fiction: On the Materiality of Race in Practice

Mexican Genomics and the Roots of Racial Thinking

Tokyo’s Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence

Dreamwork: Cell Phone Novelists, Labor, and Politics in Contemporary Japan

Beans Before the Law: Knowledge Practices, Responsibility, and the Paraguayan Soy Boom

Dengue Mosquitos Are Single Mothers: Biopolitics Meets Ecological Aesthetics in Nicaraguan Community Health Work

No One Wants To Be the Candy Man: Ambivalent Medicalization and Clinician Subjectivity in Pain Management

Ethnography in Late Industrialism

Scientific Sovereignty: How International Drug Donation Programs Reshape Health, Disease, and the State

The Semiotics of Security: Infectious Disease Research and the Biopolitics of Informational Bodies in the United States

Black Goo: Forceful Encounters with Matter in Europe's Muddy Margins

Black Goo: Forceful Encounters with Matter in Europe's Muddy Margins

Articulating Potentiality: Notes on the Delineation of the Blank Figure in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Motivated Markets: Instruments and Ideologies of Clean Energy in the United Kingdom

The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography: A Special Guest-Edited Issue of Cultural Anthropology

Fingeryeyes: Impressions of Cup Corals

Ecologies of Empire: On the New Uses of the Honeybee

Viral Clouds: Becoming H5N1 in Indonesia

Naturalcultural encounters in Bali: Monkeys, Temples, Tourists, and Ethnoprimatology

The Emergence of Indigeneity: Public Intellectuals and an Indigenous Space in Southwest China

On the Trail of Living Modified Organisms: Environmentalism Within and Against Neoliberal Order

Code Is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers

The Generic Biothreat, or, How We Became Unprepared

Post-Pasteurian Cultures: The Microbiopolitics of Raw-Milk Cheese in the United States

Four Genealogies for a Recombinant Anthropology of Science and Technology

Good Gifts for the Common Good: Blood and Bioethics in the Market of Genetic Research

Culture and Cultural Analysis as Experimental Systems

Bioethnic Conscription: Genes, Race, and Mexicana/o Ethnicity in Diabetes Research

Tracking Properness: Repackaging Culture in a Remote Australian Town

Geeks, Social Imaginaries, and Recursive Publics

Mutant Ecologies: Radioactive Life in Post–Cold War New Mexico

Making the Monkey: How the Togean Macaque Went from "New Form" to "Endemic Species' in Indonesians' Conservation Biology

The Flexible and the Pliant: Disturbed Organisms of Soviet Modernity

Bovine Abominations: Genetic Culture and Politics in the Netherlands

Recovering True Selves in the Electro-Spiritual Field of Universal Love

"Dangerous Instrumentality": The Bystander as Subject in Automobility

Musical Community on the Internet: An On-line Ethnography

Languages of Sex and AIDS in Nepal: Notes on the Social Production of Commensurability

Editor's Note: On Anthropology and/in/of Science

After Culture: Reflection on the Apparition of Anthropology in Artificial Life, a Science of Simulation

The Sacred in the Scientific: Ambiguous Practices of Science in Tibetan Medicine

Cyborg Violence: Bursting Borders and Bodies with Queer Machines

"Local Theory": Nature and the Making of an Amazonian Place

Technologies of Everyday Life: The Economy of Impotence in Reform China

Nuclear Weapons and the Other in the Western Imagination

Ethnographies of Science: Conversation with the Authors and Commentary

Maya Hackers and the Cyberspatialized Nation-State: Modernity, Ethnostalgia, and a Lizard Queen in Guatemala

“These Are the Stories That the Dogs Tell”: Discourses of Identity and Difference in Ethnography and Science Fiction

Cyborg Anthropology

Sarcophagus: Chernobyl in Historical Light

Comments on Emily Martin's “The Ethnography of Natural Selection in the 1990s”

The Ethnography of Natural Selection in the 1990s

Exceptional Experiences in Everyday Life

Postmodernism and the Public Sphere: Implications for an Historical Ethnography

Rethinking Modernity: Space and Factory Discipline in China

Anthropology As Cultural Critique: Inserts for the 1990s Cultural Studies of Science, Visual-Virtual Realities, and Post-Trauma Polities

Anthropology as Cultural Critique: Inserts for the 1990s Cultural Studies of Science, Visual-Virtual Realities, and Post-Trauma Polities

A Broad(er)side to the Canon Being a Partial Account of a Year of Travel among Textual Communities in the Realm of Humanities Centers and Including a Collection of Artificial Curiosities

Hubert Fichte as Ethnographer

The Ambivalent Self of the Contemporary Japanese

Segmentation: Its Roots in Arabia and Its Flowering Elsewhere

Risk in Culture: The American Conflict over Nuclear Power

Rice Circle Debates: Two Voices