Natasha Myers

Associate Professor of Anthropology

York University

Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies

Natasha Myers is the Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. Her ethnographic research examines forms of life in the contemporary arts and sciences. Her forthcoming book, Rendering Life Molecular (Duke University Press, 2015) is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. This book maps protein modeling techniques in the context of the ongoing molecularization of life in the biosciences. It explores how protein modelers’ multidimensional data forms are shifting the cusp of visibility, the contours of the biological imagination, and the nature of living substance. What, it asks, does life become in their hands?

With support from an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government and a SSHRC RDI Grant, she convened the Plant Studies Collaboratory in 2010 to serve as a node for collaborative interdisciplinary research on plant-based ecologies and economies. In new work, She is investigating how the phenomena of plant sensing and communication are galvanizing inquiry in both the arts and the sciences. This project documents the affective ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and among plants and their multi-species affines. As artists and scientists share their work they are propagating new kinds of plant publics. She is tracking how these publics are expanded through what might best be called “end-of-time” botanical tourism in sites like botanical gardens, where vulnerable plant ecologies are displayed for the purposes of climate change education