Hélène Mialet

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Hélène Mialet has held positions at Cornell University, Harvard University and Oxford University where she ran the program in Science Studies; she has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University under the auspices of the Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, sponsored by the European Union for extremely promising young scholars. She has published widely on subjectivity, agency, innovation and cognition. Her most recent book is entitled L’Entreprise Créatrice, (Paris: Hermès-Lavoisier, 2008), which is an ethnographic study of practices and processes of invention in an applied research laboratory in a multinational oil company (Total); this book was a finalist for the Prix ADVANCIA for the best book published in French on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2008. She has just completed a new book entitled Hawking Incorporated, Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject published with The University of Chicago Press (Spring 2012). This work provides an ethnographic study of ‘abstraction’ and formalism, focusing on the case of Stephen Hawking as a means of exploring larger questions having to do with singularity, identity, distributed agency, subjectivity, corporeality (and/or the mind/body problem), socio-technical networks and scientific practice. She is currently working on a new project concerned with the study of new networks of knowledge production and expertise constituted by ‘laypersons’ (e.g., electronic lists organized around specific themes like parents of children with juvenile diabetes).

last updated: November 13th, 2012