Suzanne Moon: Islam and Industrialization in Late 20th c. Indonesia, April 18, 2014
Thinking through Technology and Religion: Islam and Industrialization in Late Twentieth-century Indonesia
The IAS Critical Science Studies Collaborative presents Suzanne Moon, History of Science, University of Oklahoma
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of Indonesian Muslim intellectuals, including engineers, doctors, and physicists, advocated that Muslims consider the significance of Indonesian technological development for Islam, and of Islam for both Indonesian and global trajectories of scientific and technological change. Arguing that the spiritual devotion of Islamic engineers and scientists, and their involvement in complex modern technologies, held the key to producing a more harmonious and socially just technoscientific order, they aimed to influence state policies, cultural assumptions, and individual technical and religious practices. By articulating moral critiques of contemporary industrial societies, they asserted a meaningful relationship between technological practices and spiritual devotion, challenged the presumptive trajectories of industrialization in Indonesia, and posited scientists and engineers as a kind of technocracy for the global community of believers.
Critical Science Studies will also host Moon in a discussion on Thursday, April 17.
Cosponsored by the Programs in the History of Science & Technology and History of Medicine and the IAS Critical Science Studies research collaborative. This talk occurred Friday, April 18, 2014, at 3:35pm in 131 Tate Laboratory of Physics.