Restoring Information’s Body

In a 2011 talk, Lucy Suchman traces her research in anthropology and science studies through the Macy Conferences (via Geoffrey Bowker), her experiences at Xerox PARC, and criticisms in the popularization of design with Bruce Mau’s Massive Change exhibition.

Lucy Suchman’s Medea Talk explores recent developments in the study of digital media that recover the entanglements of bodies and technologies. Drawing on a series of examples from her own research and others within science and technology studies (STS) and design, she makes the case for an understanding of information as irreducibly social and material, virtual and real. In October, Lucy Suchman was also appointed as Honorary Doctorate at Malmö University.

How we became posthuman on Google BooksPhotographs in the presentation about the Macy Conferences are excerpted from “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics Literature and Informatics” | N. Katherine Hayles | 1999 | U. of Chicago Press, listed on Google Scholar.

“Restoring Information’s Body: Remediations at the Human-Machine Interface—Lucy Suchman (Medea Talks #17)” | Karolina Rosenqvist | Sept. 28, 2011 | Medea, Malmö University at

“Lucy Suchman: Restoring Information’s Body – Remediations at the human-machine interface” | Oct. 2011 | MedeaTV at

Lucy Suchman: Restoring Information's Body - Remediations at the human-machine interface on Youtube

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