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Call for papers to Special Issue "Care in STS"

                Dear colleagues,

We invite papers for a special issue: "Care in STS: objects, transformations
and politics" in Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies (NJSTS).

This special thematic issue of NJSTS aims to provide a forum to discuss the
possibilities and potential problems of care as a topic for STS research.
After being an important topic in feminist research since the 70's, care has,
in recent years, gained increased momentum in Science and Technology Studies
(STS). Building on a feminist ethics of care, STS scholars have emphasised
local solutions rather than general ethical principles (Mol et al. 2010). By
attending to care as a material and political doing, focus has been on care as
something being enacted in diverse practices, such as farming (Singleton
2012), health care (Mol 2008), soil and permaculture (Puig de la Bellacasa
2017) and laboratories (Giraud & Hollin 2016). Moreover, feminist STS scholars
have noted that care is not a taken-for-granted good. It should not be
conflated with affection and positive feelings (Martin et al. 2015); it can
include harm and vulnerabilities (Singleton & Mee 2017). In the process of
cherishing some things, care also excludes others. Thus, care is "a selective
mode of attention" (Martin et al. 2015: 627).

Against this background, it is important to further understand the
possibilities and challenges of doing care research in STS. What is gained
from studying practices as 'care practices' and what is lost? What is made
present and what is made absent? When and where is it fruitful to think about
science and technology as matters of care? This special issue welcomes
contributions that engage with care in various ways and from a range of
empirical areas. We welcome papers that empirically, methodologically and
theoretically approach the growing importance of care for STS analysis. For
example, this can be about:

* Pushing care in new empirical areas
* Care as a matter of (translocal) responsibility
* Care as doing "bads" and "goods"
* Tensions between care as empirical practice and research practice
* Care research as ethico-political practice
* Methods as a way of doing care

Interested authors should send an abstract (250 words) and a short author-bio
(200 words) to and by the 15th of October, 2019.
Authors will receive notifications by the 30th of October. Full paper
submissions according to NJSTS
guidelines will be
due by the 15th of March, 2019 for the journal's double-blind peer-review
process. Review responses can be expected at the beginning of June 2020, with
a planned publication of the special issue in December 2020.

For information and questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Guest

Doris Lydahl ( & Lisa Lindn


Giraud, E., & Hollin, G. (2016). Care, laboratory beagles and affective
utopia. Theory, Culture &

Society, 33(4), 27-49.

Martin, A., Myers, N., & Viseu, A. (2015). The politics of care in
technoscience. Social Studies of Science, 45(5), 625-641.

Mol, A., (2008). The logic of care: health and the problem of patient choice.
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Mol, A., Moser, I. & Pols, J. (red.) (2010). Care in practice: on tinkering in
clinics, homes and farms. Bielefeld: Transcript.

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2017). Matters of care: speculative ethics in more
than human worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Singleton, V. (2012). When contexts meet: feminism and accountability in UK
cattle farming. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 37(4), pp. 404-433.

Singleton, V., & Mee, S. (2017). Critical compassion: affect, discretion and
policy-care relations. The Sociological Review, 65(2), 130-149.

Doris Lydahl
Researcher and lecturer
Department of Sociology and Work Science/ Department of Social Work
University of Gothenburg.
Box 720, 405 30 Gteborg
Visiting adress: Skanstorget 18
Latest publication: Standard tools for non-standard
care in
Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness
and medicine
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