In this essay, I use María Puig de la Bellacasa’s (2017) book Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds as a provocation to revisit what came of my fieldwork on eye images, health care, and biomedical innovation, conducted in Singapore between 2010 and 2014. In the book’s presentation of care in three dimensions — labor/work, affect/affections, and ethics/politics — and how these connect but cannot be reduced to one another, I hear two invitations. The first is the invitation to engage with posthumanist and feminist thought, brought together by Puig de la Bellacasa’s (2017: 2) vision of care as one that “requires decentering human agencies, as well as remaining close to the predicaments and inheritances of situated human doings.” I will not take up that invitation; it is too dense with particular STS legacies to which I...
Caring for Past Research: Singapore, Eye Health Care, STS, and Me
Catelijne Coopmans is a Research Fellow in the Department of Thematic Studies (Technology and Social Change) at Linköping University, Sweden. From 2008 to 2018 she worked at the National University of Singapore where she was a member of the Science, Technology, and Society Research Clusters at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Asia Research Institute. Her research interests include the dynamics of seeing/knowing and of expertise in areas such as medical diagnostics, business data visualization, and art authentication. Coopmans is a collaborating editor at Social Studies of Science and a member of the EASTS editorial board.
Catelijne Coopmans; Caring for Past Research: Singapore, Eye Health Care, STS, and Me. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 March 2020; 14 (1): 145–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-8234522
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