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Reminder: CfP deadline February 14th: “Meetings of local knowledges: conflicts, complements, and reconfigurations” at EASST 2018

Dear all,

A reminder that the deadline to submit papers for our panel Meetings of local
knowledges: conflicts, complements, and reconfigurations at EASST 2018,
25-28th July, Lancaster University, is February 14th. You can submit abstracts
and contact the conveners at

STS has long been interested in the situatedness of all knowledge and the
consequences this has for ways of being in the world, and has produced
insightful studies of situations where different ways of knowing collide or
slide past each other (e.g. Wynne, 1996; Verran, 1998). Today, in the face of
challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and social
justice, traditional and other local knowledges are being revalued - but how,
by whom, and with what effects? International trends towards participation and
co-production, the 'turn' that was first lauded for bringing different actors
and knowledges together in newly productive relations, then lambasted as a
neoliberal project of co-option and colonisation, show no signs of abating.
Rather than rehearse the well-established arguments about the 'dark side' of
these trends, we seek "more nuanced analyses of the conflicting rationalities
and the dynamics and contradictions often found at the micro-level"
(Brownill & Parker, 2010). And we recognise that this applies as much to the
knowledges that we produce as the knowledges we research (Yeh, 2016).

This panel invites contributions that investigate the processes of
mobilization, translation and application that are implied in enabling
different knowledges to meet and have effect in specific contexts. Ranging
from Indigenous people reinterpreting the knowledge of their elders to solve
contemporary problems, to local knowledges within Western cultures that are
tied to particular places and trajectories, we focus on the interfaces where
knowledges and worlds come together and how this encounter can become more


BROWNILL, S. & PARKER, G. 2010. Why Bother with Good Works? The Relevance of
Public Participation(s) in Planning in a Post-collaborative Era. Planning
Practice & Research, 25, 275-282.

VERRAN, H. 1998. Re- imagining land ownership in Australia. Postcolonial
Studies, 1, 237-254.

WYNNE, B. 1996. May the sheep safely graze? A reflexive view of the expert-lay
knowledge divide. In: SZERSZYNSKI, B., LASH, S. & WYNNE, B. (eds.) Risk,
environment and modernity: towards a new ecology. London: Sage.

YEH, E. 2016. How can experience of local residents be knowledge?
Challenges in interdisciplinary climate change research Area, 48, 34-40.

More details about the conference can be found at: We look forward to your contributions!

Andy, Linda & Nicole

Andy Yuille (Lancaster University), Linda Russell (Universidad Autonoma de
Campeche), Nicole Klenk (University of Toronto)
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