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4S 2021 Open Panel: STS in/from/and Asia

                Please consider submitting to our Open Panel on STS in/from/and Asia
 at the upcoming 4S
2021 conference. Abstracts can be submitted through the conference website
. *Last date for
submission is March 8*. Questions may be directed to: aalok@la.iith.ac.in.

*Title:* STS in/from/and Asia
*Keywords:* Asia, Transnational STS, Feminist and Postcolonial STS,
Regional Collaborations, Research Infrastructures
*Organizers:* Emma Kowal, Aalok Khandekar, Hsin-Hsing Chen, Lyle Fearnley,
Usha Raman

*Panel Description: *
Since Daiwie Fu first asked ‘how far can East Asian STS go?’ in the
inaugural issue of East Asian Science, Technology and Society in 2007, many
scholars have considered the limits and possibilities of STS in the Asian
region. This open panel seeks to build on these conversations, drawing on
empirical studies of technoscience within, across and beyond Asia.

A persistent theme in explorations of STS and Asia has been the troubling
of critiques based on west/non-west binaries, recognizing instead processes
of creolization, hybridity and syncretism in both technoscience and in STS
scholarship. As the centre of geopolitical gravity shifts to what is
increasingly called the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Asia is the site of novel
imaginaries and bold experimentation in every aspect of 21st century life –
from energy transition to biosecurity to gene editing to surveillance
capitalism – that are shaped by intersecting legacies of European and Asian
colonialisms, ongoing Indigenous dispossession and persecution of minority
groups, ecological collapse and acute vulnerability to climate change.

Contributing to discussions that have begun through the new TransAsiaSTS
Network, we seek papers on all aspects of technoscience that contribute to
answering questions such as: What can STS offer the study of technoscience
in Asia and what does Asia offer STS? What kind of categories are ‘STS in
Asia’ or ‘Asian STS’? How do they relate to Indigenous, queer,
feminist,
postcolonial, decolonial, and posthuman inflections of STS scholarship? How
can scholarly infrastructures better support STS research and research
training in the region? How can collaborations in the region contribute to
building solidarities and strengthening civil societies? How might these in
turn inform practical efforts on the ground? What possibilities can emerge
from comparisons of STS in/from/and Asia and other regional formations,
located in Northern as well as Southern contexts?

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Best Wishes,

*Aalok Khandekar , **Assistant Professor*
 of *Anthropology*/ *Sociology*
Department of Liberal Arts  | *Department of
Climate Change  *
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad 
Kandi, Sangareddy-502285, Telangana, India.

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*Editor-in-Chief, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society
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