STS Circle at Harvard
Thorsten Trimpop, Fellow, MIT Open Documentary Lab, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, will discuss “Meanwhile in Japan – Filming in the Nuclear Exclusion Zone.”
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday at 5PM the week before. Please note that this lecture will run until 2:30pm, and will be held in Wasserstein Hall (HLS).
Thorsten Trimpop is a filmmaker from Germany currently based in Cambridge, MA. He is completing work on his new documentary film, The New Normal, a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone. His first feature film, The Irrational Remains, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006 and won numerous awards. His work interweaves elements from fictional and documentary film traditions. He currently teaches filmmaking and film studies at Massachusetts College of Art and Boston University. At MIT he will be working on a digital storytelling project that touches on issues of empire, ecology, and the human obsession with beauty.
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.
There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.