The exploration of amateurs in natural history, garage biology or the self-construction of agricultural equipment has the common interest of leading to places, practices and collectives that are located outside or at the boundaries of scientific institutions. It is not only because they force us to look beyond laboratories, universities and research centres that alternative ways of producing knowledge, manufacturing equipment and creating networks constitute a relevant research theme. Their relevance also lies in what they afford: another look at science, its limits, its hierarchies, its confinements.
By following the translations and circulations that take place between the scientific world and other worlds, the issue of boundaries, of participation, and the issue of intermediation become particularly salient. My research is thus interested in science through a three-fold approach: to capture the materiality and spatiality of science by paying attention to the places, textures […]
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The Mushroom at the End of the World. On the possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, published by Princeton University Press in 2015, is the latest book by anthropologist Anna Tsing. It is about a wild mushroom called matsutake, which has been appreciated as a delicacy and a fine gift for centuries in Japan because of its aromatic qualities. After World War II, as Japan industrialized, forests were felled and peasants stopped tending to the communal woodlands (called satoyama) in the traditional way. The landscapes where matsutake once thrived disappeared, and by the 1970s matsutake had become very hard to come by in Japan. The book follows the global supply chains that procure matsutake to the Japanese market…
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