The Program in Critical Theory announces Hélène Mialet as a scholar-in-residence from November 2013 to October 2014. A PhD-trained scholar and writer with degrees from the Sorbonne and the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, Mialet’s research interests are in continental philosophy, science and technology studies, and social theory. She has held post-docs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and positions at Cornell, Berkeley, and Harvard. She is most recently the author of Hawking Incorporated (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), an ethnographic study of abstraction and formalism, focusing on the case of Stephen Hawking as a means of exploring larger questions about singularity, identity, distributed agency, subjectivity, corporeality and socio-technical networks.
During her residence, Mialet plans to work on a book-length manuscript entitled Rethinking the Actor of Invention, a theoretical reflection on the history and sociology of ideas about the knowing subject, and to formulate a new project on type-1 diabetes and its management, which engages with notions of the self, personhood, and control.