Farzad Mahootian has recently presented papers at two conferences. At the Fourth Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), held at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, Dr. Mahootian presented “Innovation by disequilibrium,” which is concerned with cultivation of interdisciplinary partnerships and the development of clear and accurate accounts of the actual practice of science, as opposed to the idealized caricature we often see in textbooks and other media representations. The paper reports on project in which these concerns were combined by embedding social scientists (or humanists) in natural science research laboratories. Mahootian’s contribution to the study was the development of a systems-based perspective on the interactions between humanists (or social scientists) and natural scientists.
The second presentation was at a conference on Carl Jung hosted by the psychology department at Fordham (University Conference: Jung in the Academy and Beyond at The Fordham Lectures 100 Years Later). Mahootian’s paper, “Jung and Laboratory Ethnographies: Lab as Locus of Transformative Research,” explored the potential impact of a Jungian approach to Science and Technology Studies (STS).