I am always looking for course materials from various courses. If you've taught a class in CyAn, please send me your syllabus. Please contact me if you have a syllabus to contribute.
Assorted Colleges and Universities
- SOAN 390 - Cyborg Anthropology: Anthropology of Science and Technology
- 1A.350 / SP.484J / STS.086 The Anthropology of Computing: Digital Cultures Spring 2009 MIT | Download PDF
- 21A.850J / STS.484J The Anthropology of Cybercultures
- LIS 598: Infomation and Contemplation: University of Washington Information School | Download PDF
- ANTH 242 AA: The Anthropology of Cyberspace | University of Regina Fall 2010
- 209 Theory Seminar Cities and Cyborgs: Computing and the Metropolis, 1860-2010 | UC Berkeley 2011
MIT Open Courseware
Science and Technology Studies
- STS.S28 Godzilla and the Bullet Train: Technology and Culture in Modern Japan Fall 2005
- STS.484J The Anthropology of Cybercultures Spring 2009
- STS.464 Cultural History of Technology Spring 2005
- STS.462 Social and Political Implications of Technology Spring 2006
- STS.428 Technology and Change in Rural America Fall 2004
- STS.420J The Structure of Engineering Revolutions Fall 2001
- STS.415J Nature, Environment, and Empire Spring 2010
- STS.086J The Anthropology of Computing Fall 2004
- STS.085 Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier Fall 2005
- STS.075J Technology and Culture Fall 2006
- STS.069 Technology in a Dangerous World Fall 2002
- 15.668 People and Organizations Fall 2005
- 15.665B Power and Negotiation Fall 2002
- 15.316 Building and Leading Effective Teams Summer 2005
- 15.020 Competition in Telecommunications Fall 2003
Special Topics on Technology and Humanity
- MAS.962 Autism Theory and Technology Spring 2006
Resources for people beginning in digital anthropology:
The problem with a lot of resources in this area is that they tend to go out of date. I think it is far wiser to invest time in traditional theory and a study of history. This way, one can able to apply insights no matter what kind of sociocultural change is going on. While I'm going to link to a source of living knowledge (this wiki of digital anthropology resources) I'd also like to cite a number of trdtional books that help one step outside the gaze of the everyday experience and into the gaze of understanding systems and strucutres as a whole.
One of the main benefits of the anthropological perspective (and the historical perspective) is the ability not to be surprised. Most things have occurred before. Everything is pretty much the same, it has just manifested differently.
The following resources are short, but can be used to learn a bit more. Also see Reading List, Category:Books
- The Cyborg Handbook
- All that is Solid Melts into Air
- Liquid Modernity
- Non-Places: An Introduction to a Theory of Supermodernity
- The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture
- CTheory is a really great site for keeping up on cutting edge theory.
If traditional anthropologists look to the a culture's literature or mythology in order to understand how they function, a cyborg anthropologist must look at a civilization's science fiction in order to understand how they might function. EscapePod is a podcast that breaks some of the best new science fiction stories out there. It's a constant source of inspiration thinking differently and envisioning people in new systems.