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CFP EASST 2018: Inclusion, exclusion and power in STS research and practice

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*CFP: EASST 2018, 25-28th July 2018, Lancaster UK*

The room where it happens: inclusion, exclusion and power in STS research
and practice

Convenors: Katharine Howell and Craig Jones (Lancaster University)

*No-one really knows how the game is played*

*The art of the trade*

*How the sausage gets made*

*We just assume that it happens*

*But no-one else is in*

*The room where it happens*

Lin-Manuel Miranda, *Hamilton *

Interviews, conferences, cabinet meetings, political summits. Meetings, as
the physical (and increasingly, virtual) bringing together of people in one
room, play a central part both in the practice of doing STS research and in
the things we research. Who is in the room where it happens and who is
absent? Who speaks, who is silent? Who listens, who and what is heard? What
are the power dynamics of meetings, and what are the implications of these
for research, policy and practice? How do these relate to intersectional
structures of oppression and privilege acting both within and beyond the
room? How do the interactions in our research practice disrupt and
reinforce these dynamics? Who do we as researchers include and exclude? Are
absence and exclusion the same thing? And how is what happens in the room
reported outside it? Who is written into and out of journalism, research,

In this panel, we invite participants to explore the politics of meetings
through asymmetries and structures of power including, but not limited to:
coloniality, race, class, gender, (dis)ability, sexuality, and religion.
Our aim is to facilitate discussion around how our work is implicitly and
explicitly imbued with a multitude of power relations. We welcome
submissions both of standard paper presentations and less conventional

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words *by 14th February 2018* at

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