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Message posted on 03/01/2019

CFP 4S 2018 Open Panel: ‘Feminist Technoscience by Other Means’

With apologies for cross-posting

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to our Open Panel at the 4S Annual
Meeting in New Orleans (4S):

Feminist Technoscience by Other Means: Reconfiguring Research Practices
for World-Making Beyond the Academy

We particularly encourage submissions by early-career scholars eager to
showcase their emancipatory engagements with technoscience.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2019.
The 4S Annual Meeting - “Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations" - New
Orleans, Louisiana, September 4-7.

Submission Details:

NOTE: If this panel appeals to you but you will not be able to physically
attend the conference for whatever reason, we still want to encourage your
submission and are determined to support your virtual participation in any
way we can.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

All best,
Jade V. Henry (Goldsmiths, University of London) & Lisa Lehner (Cornell

Lisa: || @lmh_lehner

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Practices for World-Making Beyond the Academy

Feminist Science and Technology Studies (FSTS) can be a subfield, an
ethico-political commitment or a methodological sensibility. At its heart,
it shares concerns for subjectivities that are devalued, marginalized or
erased through technoscientific practices. Through their efforts, feminist
scholars participate in the “material-semiotic becoming of things” (Puig
la Bellacasa 2011) and alternative world-making.

This panel (re)connects reflexively with these ethico-political commitments
and sensibilities. We will explore how the disruptive, inventive and
(re)generative potential of FSTS might give rise to new and alternative, if
partial and imperfect, worlds of scholarship and living. We want to
understand how we can trouble and reinvent our methods and concerns in
order to (re)configure the precarious and unstable worlds in which we live
and work. How can we move our commitments beyond the academy; how must
methods and theories change; how might they then reconfigure academia
itself? Which novel collaborations, networks and assemblages can we forge;
what roles can FSTS research (not) take? How might we mobilize ambivalences
and situated knowledges to connect with worlds inhospitable to them; what
challenges and dangers lie therein?

This panel is not exclusive to but actively encourages PhDs and
early-career scholars from FSTS, post-colonial STS and other emancipatory
engagements with technoscience to showcase their creative/disruptive
interpretations of these themes. Provocations may, but need not, include:
reflections on ethnographic positionality and research ethics; novel
pathways for non-traditional academic careers; new epistemic and aesthetic
forms of knowledge production; fostering alternative attachments and
alignments across traditional boundaries of human/nonhuman, social/natural,

Puig de la Bellacasa, María. 2011. “Matters of Care in Technoscience:
Assembling Neglected Things.” Social Studies of Science 41 (1): 85–106.

Lisa Lehner
PhD Candidate
Department of Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University

E* | *Twitter @lmh_lehner

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