Scientific integrity in-action: How to follow STS reflexivities after MeToo_Academia, and especially #MeTooSTS

by Melpomeni Antonakaki .
This contribution assumes an in-action stance towards the reflexive project launched under the hashtag #WeDoSTS. I attend to the politics of semiotics captured in hashtag form, across three, independent-from-originator uptakes of the project and finally in a close reading of given definitions. In this key moment for STS reflexivity, I recover from relative obscurity concepts developed in the context of the SSK/STS “capture (by politics)” debate. Such theoretical move is suggestive of pathways for considering how the affiliations, commitments and epistemic lessons we develop in collaborative projects and making/doing interventions might productively disrupt the politics of STS.

Can dark sky tourism benefit indigenous communities in Namibia?

by Sisco Auala, Hannah Dalgleish.
Evidence already exists supporting the use of indigenous knowledge systems for socioeconomic welfare in Namibia. However, in current times, the valuable resource of indigenous knowledge of astronomy is often no longer shared and is thus at risk of being lost altogether. The inclusion of indigenous starlore within tourism experiences in Namibia is an important consideration for the country’s development. Dark sky tourism (DST) – where visitors can experience a pristine night sky unaffected by light pollution – is a niche tourism activity which could provide new opportunities for rural communities in Namibia, supporting the sustainable development goals via economic development, job creation and mitigating poverty.