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First, I'm interdisciplinary. Part sociologist and part from STS (science, technology and society), I've worked with anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, engineers, medical practitioners, historians, geographers, linguists and students of STS. The world demands an interdisciplinary approach.

Second, I assume that the world is a materially heterogeneous mix of the social, economic, material, human, 'natural', and technical. That's why I've worked with actor-network theory and its successor material-semiotic projects including post-colonial STS. 'After-ANT' isn't the only way of thinking about heterogeneity but, suitably modulated, it is a useful toolkit for catching some of the important processes of social life.

Third, I assume that the world is discursively heterogeneous. I'm horrified by the exclusions of the social. Systems both depend on and Other people, collectivities and realities that fail to fit. If there's an enemy here in addition to injustice then it is hubris, so I go looking for gaps, aporias, and subaltern realities. Increasingly, I draw on postcolonial sensibilities to imagine alternative knowledge spaces, and alternative less 'Western' versions of STS.

Finally, I'm concerned with the performativity of method. The argument is that methods tend to produce - though often in unanticipated and contradictory ways - the worlds they claim to be describing. This is not a complaint - but it does deserve careful exploration.


I'm lucky enough to work closely with many colleagues including: Kristin Asdal (Oslo), Solveig Joks (Guovdageaidnu), Marianne Lien (Oslo), Wen-yuan Lin (Hsinchu, Taiwan), Annemarie Mol (Amsterdam), Ingunn Moser (Oslo), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Vicky Singleton (Lancaster), Heather Swanson (Aarhus), and Liv Østmo (Guovdageaidnu).

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30 April 2017