Dr Jianni Tien

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sydney
Dr. Jianni Tien is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies at the University of Sydney. Jianni works at the intersection of science and technology studies, the feminist environmental humanities, and sociology of health. She researches the ontologies and epistemologies at work in our Anthropocene era and the power structures that underpin them, including questions of situated and enforced Western knowledges. Jianni’s doctoral research examined the affective power of scuba diving in cenotes – naturally occurring sinkholes – and how to harness such affective power in order to ethically respond to the complex dilemmas of the Anthropocene. Her current research projects include the social dimensions of innovations in nanosensing biotechnology; human-microbial relations, and the politics of the transcorporeal in lung cancer stigma.

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