Catalyst was conceived to expand the feminist and critical intellectual legacies of science and technology studies (STS) into theory-intensive research, critique, and practice. The journal publishes scholarly research articles, research-based art and media work, book reviews, news in focus, among other forms.
Themes addressed in special issues consider black studies and feminist STS, disability, and the politics of care. An issue on digital militarism contained an article by MCC Clinical Assistant Professor Isra Ali on feminism, militarism, and the War on Terror.
A new issue Nothing/More: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience, released earlier this month, situates topics in STS within an interdisciplinary black studies scholarship. The editors write, "in many ways, [this volume] follows from a large body of work in STS that has charted and critiqued the troubled making of Blackness as a biological, medical, legal, and social category apart from 'the human.'”
The issue includes an article by recent alumnus Beza Merid (PhD 2016), which examines a public service announcement (PSA) campaign that relied on black stand-up comics to deliver health messages about stroke symptoms to African Americans. In Stroke's No Joke, Merid argues that this PSA, and other such interventions that imagine race as a set of cultural signifiers, overemphasizes the role of cultural differences in racial disease disparities while ignoring the structural causes of these asymmetries.