IVÁN CHAAR LÓPEZ
March 2023 - The Border Tech Lab is currently recruiting UT graduate and undergraduate students for 2023-2024.
February 2023 - As part of the podcast El Café Latinx, Dr. Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University) interviewed me about my journey to become a professor, my thoughts on mentoring, and my wish for the field of digital studies (and STS). Listen to it on Spotify or your favorite platform!
October 2022 - Happy Halloween! Here's a treat my collaborator, Victoria Sánchez, and I have been working on at the Border Tech Lab. Our book chapter (draft), to be part of Feminist Cyberlaw edited by Meg Leta Jones and Amanda Levendowski, grapples with artificial intelligence, microwork, and the racial politics of care.
September 2022 - I'll join the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin as a Faculty Fellow for its two-year inquiry on digital futures and social justice.
August 2022 - Honored to receive the Ransom Faculty Fellowship 2022-2023 from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The fellowship funds the development of my second book project on the history and technopolitics of electronics manufacturing on the US-México borderlands since the 1960s.
July 2022 - After multiple years of research, writing, and revising, my article on "Latina/o/e technoscience" was published by Social Studies of Science. The article redraws the boundaries of STS by centering critical race and feminist approaches to show the invisible work of Latina/o/es in cybernetics and computing infrastructures. Check it out here! (If you can't access it, email me for a copy.)
June 2022 - Our book, Technoprecarious, was translated into Spanish by Christopher Morales Bonilla and published by Katakrak.
Talks & Events
February 9, 2023 - I'll give a talk on my book The Cybernetic Border at the Center for Latinx Digital Media at Northwestern University. Come join us! (Talk video available here)
December 7-10, 2022 - The Border Tech Lab will present a paper at the joint 4S/ESOCITE meeting in Cholula, México. Odalis Garcia Gorra will discuss ongoing research in the affective and racial politics of people analytics and the future of work.
July 6-9, 2022 - Presented a paper at EASST in Madrid devoted to technoscientific scenes entangling drones, the southwestern frontier, and settler colonialism. You can read more in the first chapter of my book.
January 31, 2022 - Invited Speaker with Héctor Beltrán (MIT) for the Material, Visual, and Digital Culture Research Seminar, Department of Anthropology at the University College London.
October 6-9, 2021 - Panelist at a roundtable on Kate Chandler's Unmanning: How Humans, Machine and Media Perform Drone Warfare (2020) and co-chairing panels with Héctor Beltrán on "Borderlands and/as Machine: Technoscience in Unequal and Uncertain Lifeworlds" at the next 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) Annual Meeting.
| U.S.-Mexico borderlands |
| History of technology & imperial formations |
| Human-Computer Interaction |
| Digital labor |
| Science & Technology Studies | Latina/o/x Studies | American Studies |
Performance by Ricardo Dominguez, Ian Alan Paul, Kate Chandler