Cyborg Series: Kirsten Ostherr

Author: Carolina Perez

Kirsten Ostherr

Kirsten Ostherr and Anna Geltzer in conversation next Tuesday, March 2 from 1:00-2:30 PM.

Kirsten Ostherr is the Gladys Louise Professor and Chair of the English Department, Director of the Medical Humanities Program and Co-Founder of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University. She is a media scholar, health researcher, and technology analyst. Her books include Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (2013) and Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health (Duke, 2005), and she is currently writing a book called Robot Pathographies: Datafication, Surveillance, and Patient Stories in the Age of Virtual Health. Prof Ostherr is also leading a multidisciplinary project called “Translational Humanities for Public Health” that will identify humanities-based (and humanities-inspired) responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, to document and help others build upon these creative efforts.

Anna Geltzer holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values at the University of Notre Dame, where she directs the Science, Technology and Values Minor, the Dual Degree Program in Engineering and Arts & Letters, and assists with the HPS and GLOBES graduate programs. She is interested in the relationship between biomedical science and its political, social and economic context.