about the Contributors
timothy Choy
is an associate professor of anthropology and of science and tech-
nology studies at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Ecologies of
Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong (2011). His next project is
on the politics of atmosphere.
Joseph Dumit
is the director of the program in science and technology studies and
a professor in the department of anthropology at the University of California, Davis.
His research focuses on the anthropology of science, technology, medicine, and
media. He is the author of Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity
(2004) and the coeditor of Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerg-
ing Sciences and Technologies (with Gary L. Downey, 1997), Cyborg Babies: From Techno-
Sex to Techno- Tots (with Robbie Davis- Floyd, 1998), and Biomedicine as Culture: Instru-
mental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life (with Regula Burri,
2007). He was associate editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry for ten years. He
is currently finishing a book on pharmaceutical marketing and clinical trials called
Drugs for Life. He has begun work on new projects on the history of flowcharts and
psychotic computers, geologists and 3D immersive visualization environments, and
comparative anatomies across therapeutic massage modalities.
miChaeL m. J. FisCher
is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and a pro-
fessor of anthropology and of science and technology studies at mIt; he is also a lec-
turer in the department of global health and social medicine at the Harvard Medical
School. He recently coedited A Medical Anthropology Reader: Theoretical Trajectories
and Emergent Realities (with Byron Good, Sarah Willen, and Mary Jo DelVecchio
Good, 2010). He is the author of Anthropological Futures (2009), Mute Dreams, Blind
Owls and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry (2004),
Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice (2003), Debating Muslims: Cul-
tural Dialogues in Postmodernity and Tradition (with Mehdi Abedi, 1990), Anthropology
as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences (with George
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