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Biopolitics and Becoming in Animal-Technology Assemblages

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This article critically explores Foucauldian approaches to the human-animal-technology nexus central to modern industrialised agriculture, in particular those which draw upon Foucault’s conception of power as productive to posit the reconstitution of animal subjectivities in relation to changing agricultural technologies. This is situated in the context of key recent literature addressing animals and biopolitics, and worked through a historical case study of an emergent dairy technology. On this basis it is argued that such approaches contain important insights but also involve risks for the analyses of human-animal-technology relations, especially the risk of subsuming what is irreducible in animal subjectivity and agency under the shaping power of technologies conceived as disciplinary or biopolitical apparatuses. It is argued that this can be avoided by bringing biopolitical analysis into dialogue with currents from actor-network theory in order to trace the formation of biopolitical collectives as heterogeneous assemblages. Drawing upon documentary archive sources, the article explores this by working these different framings of biopolitics through a historical case study of the development of the first mechanical milking machines for use on dairy farms.

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The Transfer of Railway Technologies and Afro-Asian Labor Processes within the British Empire

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The transfer of railway technology within the British Empire, and particularly to India provides the focus for this paper that explores—conceptually, historiographically and substantively—what was transferred and how that transfer took place. Drawing upon the large-scale technical system literature and labor history the paper highlights various kinds and levels of transfer agents working through, albeit in an often-contested fashion, Afro-Asian labor processes as central components within the transfer process when railway construction was involved. Railway construction is then counterpoised to railway operation where the transfer process exhibited greater British dictation and adherence to British practice.

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Communicating Science and Technology. Gradiva’s Books of Popularization of Science and Technology and the Portuguese Public

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By focusing on the books of popularization of science and technology published by Gradiva this research aims at understanding the mechanisms and strategies to bring science and technology to a broader audience in Portugal, after 1974, the year of the Carnation Revolution that put an end to a long half century dictatorship. I use a mix conceptual framework: on the one hand, I use the scientific literacy and public understanding of science and technology main references to explore the public’s behavior and opinion concerning scientific and technological knowledge; on the other hand, I analyze Gradiva’s choices concerning the collections aimed at popularizing science and technology. So, I hope to contribute to map the perception of the Portuguese public about techno-scientific themes that influence their life and decisions, to understand how scientists relate to scientific and technological popularization literature and to assess scientific literacy in the Portuguese population.

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Integrated defence workforces: Challenges and enablers of military–civilian personnel collaboration

military members and defence civilians. Given the lack of dedicated research in this domain, a NATO Science and Technology Research Task Group was established to study military and civilian personnel work culture and relations in defence organizations through theoretical and empirical analyses. As part of a broader programme of work, a large-scale cross-national survey – the Military–Civilian Personnel Survey (MCPS) – was developed to identify key aspects of military–civilian working relations and dynamics. This paper presents exploratory empirical results based on

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Application of artificial neural networks in predicting voter turnout based on the analysis of demographic data

-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems . Helion. Golenia M., Zagajewski B., Ochtyra A., 2005, Zastosowanie sztucznych sieci neuronowych do aktualizacji map pokrycia terenu Corine. “Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny” T. 47, nr 3-4, pp. 257–266. Goodfellow I., Bengio Y., Courville A., 2009, Deep Learning. Boston : Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Khaze S. R., Mohammed M., Hojjatkhah S., 2013, Application of artificial neural networks in estimating participation in

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The Hidden Grand Narrative of Western Military Policy: A Linguistic Analysis of American Strategic Communication

://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=752 [19 Oct 2010]. Mouffe, C. (2005) On the political. London: Routledge. Rantapelkonen, J. (2006) The Narrative Leadership of War: Presidential Phrases in the 'War on Terror'and their Relation to Information Technology. Doctoral Dissertation. Publication Series 1, Research n:o 34, Helsinki: National Defence University. Shimko, K. L. (2010) The Iraq Wars and America’s Military Revolution, New York: Cambridge University Press. Taylor, P. (2003) Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda from the

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