Test Maps for Documenting Public Notice Sites

Following our team's presentation at the Society for Cultural Anthropology conference -- titled "Indexing Late Industrialism: From Private Property to Public Notice" -- we wanted to publish these very preliminary maps of the public notices we are working with, for our collaborators and colleagues. Feedback and questions welcome. We are ...
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Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

The ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is a presentation format from Renaissance Europe used by middle class and wealthy collectors to display odd or rare items. Such cabinets were quite performative, pre-science exhibits that anticipated museums. Often the objects displayed were subject to inquiry and debate, and many fields of social and ...
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Philadelphia Scrapyards & Auto Wrecking: Planning Considerations

Scrapyards have been on my radar since I moved to Philadelphia. They have been a pressing problem in parts of the River Wards planning district, but they've also been reported to be an important part of Philadelphia's micro-economies and an telling index of late industrialism. The City has long been ...
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CFP: Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene

Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene - Call for Participants Conveners: Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and Timothy Neale (Deakin University) Supported by: Drexel's Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Deakin Science and Society Network. Dates/locations: 1:00PM-4:00PM EST, Thursday 19th April, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT, Friday ...
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“Staying Cool in a Changing Climate” – 2017 Summary

This summer the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran three workshops in Philadelphia. The workshop theme this year focused on senior citizens, heat waves, and emergency preparedness. The presentations also provided basic information about climate change in Philadelphia, how climate change impacts health, and how Philadelphians can modify their ...
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Infrastructural Possibilities

Among the many things I've learned over the years is that environmental health today is very much entangled, produced even, by infrastructures of all kinds -- information and scientific, governmental and built, and of course healthcare systems. It's easy for infrastructure to slip from view, if it's ever seen at ...
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Indoor Air Across the States

At the first Drexel STS Works in Progress talk, Alex Skula and I presented some findings from our study with Public Lab. We’ve been working with Gretchen Gehreke and Nick Shapiro this year, surveying state health departments about their capacity to respond to citizen requests for information about indoor air ...
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Regrouping + Agenda Setting

Summer is officially ending over here at Drexel, and PHEEL had its first meeting of 2016-2017 on Friday September 16th. As I mentioned back in June, about two-thirds of our team graduated (yay!! + what?!) so this meeting focused on regrouping and setting an agenda for the year. We have ...
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Field School Wrap Up

(This text was written for The Asthma Files quarterly newsletter) We ran the first 6Cities field school in Philadelphia this summer. Based out of Drexel University, I had the opportunity to run the field school as a 4-credit course in the College of Arts and Sciences during the summer quarter ...
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New Course Offering: Civic Field School

I am really jazzed to be teaching a new course during Drexel’s summer quarter, “Civic Field School.” It’s an intensive -- a ten week course packed into five -- and also a hybrid, which means that half our time is spent in the classroom, and the other half is spent ...
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