Michael Fisch


University of Chicago

Michael Fisch is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research is situated at the intersection of sociocultural anthropology and science and technology studies and is concerned with the dynamic between changing conceptualizations of nature, culture, and technological innovation that inform experiences of immersive technological mediation. In his work Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network, he develops an ethnographically performative approach for thinking with the historically inflected practices, experiences, and schemas of operation that emerge within Tokyo’s commuter train network. His current research explores novel modes of ecological governance and the development of experimental ecologies” in post-3.11 Japan that work to contest, recast, and re-conceive disaster infrastructure design. As part of this project, he is looking at locally developed alternatives to the construction of mammoth seawalls to protect against tsunami in northeast Japan.