Recontructing biotechnologies: Critical social analyses

I just read the galley proof of my first book chapter. The book, Reconstructing biotechnologies: Critical social analyses, is due out in April. My chapter is the result of one of my open source experiments, and more proof (to me) that keeping things open, rather than closing them down, is more productive, more socially useful. It began as a term paper for Richard Smith‘s grad course, The Social Construction of Technology. As part of the assignment, Richard made us think about how and where we would publish our essays. Immediately, I posted it on Indymedia’s
Documentation Project wiki
, on the IMC Essay Collection page alongside my master’s thesis, and promptly forgot about it. Some time later, I got an email from Joost Jongerden, one of the editors at a new(ish) journal out of the Netherlands called Tailoring Biotechnologies. He’d found my essay on the Indymedia wiki, and wanted to publish it. I was thrilled. And after some revision, my essay was transformed into an article, and published. Another small notch in the mandatory publication record. More time passed. Then I received another email from Joost to say they were publishing a book and wanted to reproduce my article as a book chapter. I could not have been more pleased. The final editing phase is coming to a close, and in a month or so, there will be a new book in the world, with a chapter by me inside. Hopefully it will be the first of many in a long and illustrious publishing career, but right now, I’ll savor the novelty.

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