Unseen Connections

Date: 

Apr 18, 2018, 6:00 pm
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Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Cambridge, MA
Photo by Joshua Bell
Photo by Joshua Bell

A Natural History of Cell Phones

Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Cell phones are among people’s most prized possessions. They play an important role in daily life, facilitating everything from communications with others to the recording of social experiences and emotions. Despite the importance and ubiquity of cell phones, few people know how these devices are made or what happens to them after they are discarded. Using an anthropological lens, Joshua Bell will discuss the international network of relations that underpins the production, repair, and disposal of cell phones and the emerging social implications of this network at both global and local levels.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival.
Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.