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Science at the Edge: What Is Inside Your Cellphone?

WhenThursday, July 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
Venue

Natural History Museum

Event Location

Q?rius, Ground Floor

Cost

Free

Description

Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization and Director of Recovering Voices at the National Museum of Natural History, and his colleagues have been conducting ethnographic research in cell phone repair shops across the Washington, DC area to investigate the cultural intimacies associated with cell phones as well as their materiality. Repair shops are dynamic sites in which the social and linguistic components of technology – anxieties about damage and loss of information, connection and availability– articulate with the material realities of cell phones– the parts, supply chains, and labor that are required for repair. Meet Dr. Bell, talk with him about his research, and see what's inside a cell phone!

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