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Trevor Pinch is a professor of sociology and STS at Cornell U. His main research centers on three areas (1) the sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, (2) sound studies and how sonic technologies and listening cultures develop and (3) general issues in the sociology of science and technology concerning social construction of technology and understanding the role of performances and agency. He also has specific collaborations with Asaf Darr at the University of Haifa concerning the sociology of selling and Richard Swedberg at Cornell University concerning the role of detail in sociological theory.

Annemarie Mol is a Dutch ethnographer and philosopher. She is the Professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has helped to develop post-ANT/feminist understandings of science, technology and medicine.

In her earlier work she explored the performativity of health care practices, argued that realities are generated within those practices, and noted that since practices differ, so too do realities. The body, as she expressed it, is multiple: it is more than one but it is also less than many (since the different versions of the body also overlap in health care practices). As a part of this she also developed the notion of ‘ontological politics’, arguing that since realities or the conditions of possibility vary between practices, this means that they are not given but might be changed.