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The Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

The Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society is dedicated to building diverse communities for the study of technology, medicine and science in past and present societies. The activities we support are designed to contribute to building a better community because at the AJI community is the method.

The AJI was established in 2018 in the memory of Ann Johnson, and through the generous donation of Jim and Elaine Johnson, and Katherine Lewandowski.  Ann was a faculty member in the History and Philosophy departments of UofSC from 2004-2015. In 2015 she left South Carolina to take up a position at Cornell University. Ann passed away suddenly in December 2016 from a rare form of cancer.  Ann was an excellent scholar and teacher who successfully bridged disciplinary boundaries. But most of all, she was a supportive and loyal friend. The AJI aims to embody these characteristics by funding interdisciplinary communities for research and pedagogy. Equally, it strives to be a place where members of the academic community, students, and those outside the University feel welcome, valued and at ease.

The AJI is co-directed by Leah McClimans (Philosophy) and Allison Marsh (History).


Happy New Year! We hoped everyone is staying safe and healthy. Check out our Current Programming for information on the upcoming events for this semester!

Due to COVID-19, the UofSC + Columbia Initiative Conference will be delayed until Spring 2022.

Special thanks to Ann Kelly, Kenneth MacLeish, Omar Dewachi, Magda Stawkowski, and Monica Barra for being part of the AJI's Spring 2021 book manuscript workshop for Lina Pinto Garcia!"
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The Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society is delighted to announce the winners of the annual Book Manuscript Workshop for 2020/2021: 

Rachel Ankeny, Professor, Departments of History and Philosophy, and Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide 

In Defense of Medical Cases uses methods primarily from the philosophy of medicine and science but is informed by the history and social studies of medicine. This book will explore the construction and use of medical cases, with a particular focus on how they function to produce knowledge in medical research and clinical practice. Its arguments will have implications well beyond medicine for applied and hybrid sciences more generally, particularly in rapidly changing fields with heavy dependence on technology development.  

Rosalind Donald, Postdoctoral Associate in Environmental Communication and Justice, Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society, University of Miami 

Greenlining investigates the relationship between environmental policies and displacement in Miami-Dade, an area that is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the second-most unequal in the United States, with a severe shortage of affordable housing. Climate gentrification is high on the agenda in the city as developers target high ground away from the water in areas that are historically Black due to segregation and displacement.  

Elizabeth Rodwell, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Logistics Technology, University of Houston 

Push the Button is the result of unprecedented access to the Japanese television industry and, based on 18 months of fieldwork among broadcast and print journalists, contributes to a mission within the fields of anthropology and communication studies to understand how creative professionals are adapting to ongoing technological change and obsolescence within their fields.

These recipients along with Monica Barra, one of our 2019/2020 winners, will be having their workshops in the 2021/2022 academic year.

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