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Message posted on 14/01/2020

CfP EASST/4S Prague: How does long-term ethnographic research affect concept work and case-making in practice?

                Dear colleagues,
<br>
<br>during the upcoming EASST/4S conference "Locating and Timing Matters:
<br>Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds" (18-21 August 2020 in
<br>Prague) we will organise a panel entitled "Timing matters: How does
<br>long-term ethnographic research affect concept work and case-making in
<br>practice?".
<br>
<br>We'd be very happy about your contribution and hereby invite you to
<br>submit an abstract! Deadline for abstract submission (250 words max.) is
<br>29 February.
<br>
<br>Find below a detailed abstract of our panel and more information about
<br>the conference here: https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/
<br>
<br>We are looking forward to your contributions!
<br>
<br>All the best,
<br>
<br>Martina Klausner (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), Jörg Niewöhner,
<br>Josefine Raasch & Patrick Bieler (all Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
<br>
<br>195. TIMING MATTERS: HOW DOES LONG-TERM ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AFFECT
<br>CONCEPT WORK AND CASE-MAKING IN PRACTICE?
<br>
<br>The conference theme alerts us to 'timing' and thus the difficulty of
<br>conducting research on emerging phenomena without becoming a fleeting
<br>observer ourselves. We ask how long-term research commitments affect how
<br>we conceptualize and construct cases, how we attend to the temporalities
<br>of these cases and how these temporalities in turn affect our concept
<br>work. Inspired by anthropology's emphasis on long-term ethnographic
<br>research, we ask how long-term engagements with research fields shape
<br>STS research in practice.
<br>
<br>To turn our attention to those stated effects, we propose to focus on
<br>the following three dimensions:
<br>
<br>1) Based on the assumption that long-term interactions with the
<br>interlocutors have an impact on the processes and outcomes of
<br>conceptualizing, we ask: What matters shape our conceptualizing? How are
<br>these concepts, developed in long-term research, generative of
<br>re-conceptualizations in STS?
<br>
<br>2) In a similar way, long-term interactions shape the processes and
<br>outcomes of case-making. How does long-term research commitment shape
<br>what matters and how we construct our cases? How do these cases,
<br>developed in long-term research, shape our modes of generalising?
<br>
<br>3) And last, we wonder how timing matters in the ways we think about and
<br>conceptualize continuities and ruptures: How does it help us to
<br>understand degrees of freedom and formations of (inter-)dependencies of
<br>processes we observe?
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<br>We seek contributions that address these questions based on long-term
<br>empirical research projects. The panel is meant to foster an exchange of
<br>experiences with long-term research, provide a space for reflecting
<br>current efforts and a platform for discussing ways forward.
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