Natasha Myers

Department of Anthropology

Associate Professor
Convenor, Politics of Evidence Working Group

Office: Vari Hall, 2032
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 22394
Emailnmyers@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.natashamyers.org
Secondary websiteplantstudies.wordpress.com

Anthropology of science and technology; feminist science studies; anthropology of the senses; pedagogy and visualization; art and science; plants, ecologies, and more-than-human anthropology.

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Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. Her ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. Her first book, Rendering Life Molecular (Duke University Press, August 2015, winner of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Book Prize from the American Sociological Association) is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. This book maps protein modeling techniques in the context of the ongoing molecularization of life in the biosciences. It explores how protein modelers’ multidimensional data forms are shifting the cusp of visibility, the contours of the biological imagination, and the nature of living substance. What, it asks, does life become in their hands? This book was the recipient of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Award from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. With support from an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government and a SSHRC RDI Grant, she convened the Plant Studies Collaboratory in 2010 to serve as a node for collaborative interdisciplinary research on plant-based ecologies and economies. In new work, she is experimenting with ways to document the affective ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and among plants and their remarkably multi-species relations. One project looks at ways the phenomena of plant sensing and communication are galvanizing inquiry in both the arts and the sciences. Another project looks at the ways that human/plant relations are staged in botanical gardens and in ecological restoration sites in city parks. Professor Myers is the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group (http://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com), co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon (http://technosalon.wordpress.com), and co-founder of the Write2Know Project (http://write2know.ca). Links to her projects can be found on her website: http://natashamyers.org)

Area of Specialization

Anthropology of Science and Technology

Degrees

Professional Leadership

Convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group (http://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com); Co-organizer of the Technoscience Salon (http://technosalon.wordpress.com); Former member of Council for the Society for Social Studies of Science

Community Contributions

Co-organizer of the Write2Know Project, a letter writing campaign that provides a platform for communities and educators to collaborate with science and technology studies scholars to pose pressing questions to federal scientists and ministers on matters of public and environmental health. http://write2know.ca Collaborator with the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group. EDAction is a coalition of researchers concerned with the widespread presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in bodies, commodities, built environments, industrial emissions, ecologies, waters, and atmospheres. EDAction researches ways to improve Canadian toxics governance and seeks to advance critical discussions about the regulation, science, and monitoring of endocrine disrupting chemicals guided by the values of reproductive and environmental justice. http://endocrinedisruptorsaction.org

Research Interests

Anthropology , Science and Technology , Feminist technoscience, Visual and Performance Cultures, Environmental Studies

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/ANTH4110 6.0  Development of Theory in Social Anthropology SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/ANTH4560 6.0  The Anthropology of Science and Technology SEMR  


Anthropology of science and technology; feminist science studies; anthropology of the senses; pedagogy and visualization; art and science; plants, ecologies, and more-than-human anthropology.


Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. Her ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. Her first book, Rendering Life Molecular (Duke University Press, August 2015, winner of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Book Prize from the American Sociological Association) is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. This book maps protein modeling techniques in the context of the ongoing molecularization of life in the biosciences. It explores how protein modelers’ multidimensional data forms are shifting the cusp of visibility, the contours of the biological imagination, and the nature of living substance. What, it asks, does life become in their hands? This book was the recipient of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Award from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. With support from an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government and a SSHRC RDI Grant, she convened the Plant Studies Collaboratory in 2010 to serve as a node for collaborative interdisciplinary research on plant-based ecologies and economies. In new work, she is experimenting with ways to document the affective ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and among plants and their remarkably multi-species relations. One project looks at ways the phenomena of plant sensing and communication are galvanizing inquiry in both the arts and the sciences. Another project looks at the ways that human/plant relations are staged in botanical gardens and in ecological restoration sites in city parks. Professor Myers is the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group (http://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com), co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon (http://technosalon.wordpress.com), and co-founder of the Write2Know Project (http://write2know.ca). Links to her projects can be found on her website: http://natashamyers.org)

Area of Specialization

Anthropology of Science and Technology

Degrees

Professional Leadership

Convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group (http://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com); Co-organizer of the Technoscience Salon (http://technosalon.wordpress.com); Former member of Council for the Society for Social Studies of Science

Community Contributions

Co-organizer of the Write2Know Project, a letter writing campaign that provides a platform for communities and educators to collaborate with science and technology studies scholars to pose pressing questions to federal scientists and ministers on matters of public and environmental health. http://write2know.ca Collaborator with the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group. EDAction is a coalition of researchers concerned with the widespread presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in bodies, commodities, built environments, industrial emissions, ecologies, waters, and atmospheres. EDAction researches ways to improve Canadian toxics governance and seeks to advance critical discussions about the regulation, science, and monitoring of endocrine disrupting chemicals guided by the values of reproductive and environmental justice. http://endocrinedisruptorsaction.org

Research Interests:

Anthropology , Science and Technology , Feminist technoscience, Visual and Performance Cultures, Environmental Studies


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/ANTH4110 6.0  Development of Theory in Social Anthropology SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2016-2017 AP/ANTH4560 6.0  The Anthropology of Science and Technology SEMR