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Fwd: CfP 4S Open Panel - Organizing technoscientific capitalism: Epistemic values, practices & assets

Call for Papers
SOCIETY FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE (4S) CONFERENCE OPEN PANEL

2019 New Orleans Sept 4-7
Organizing technoscientific capitalism: Epistemic values, practices &
assets
(https://www.academia.edu/38077632/CfP_4s_Open_Panel_-_Organizing_technoscien
tific_capitalism_Epistemic_values_practices_and_assets)
Organizers
Jane Bjørn Vedel (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
John Gardner (Monash University, Australia)
Kean Birch (York University, Canada)
Abstract
Capitalism is increasingly technoscientific, by which we mean that it is
increasingly configured by the development and distribution of
technoscientific products, services, platforms, and activities; in turn,
technoscience is increasingly configured by the accounting, management, and
performativity of profit-oriented organizational logics. Technoscientific
capitalism is, in this sense, underpinned by organizational dynamics and
inter-organizational relationships that often get obscured within STS
debates about the supposed neoliberalization of society and science. A key
question to ask, then, is how is technoscientific capitalism organized?
What are the epistemic values, practices, and assets that are deployed in
the entanglement of capitalism and technoscience? There are many possible
answers here, not only aimed at these questions but also raising further
questions for debate. Of particular interest to this Open Panel are the
range of analytical and/or empirical takes on (1) epistemic and economic
valuations, (2) academic values and practices, (3) organizational assets,
relationships, and management, and (4) public-private frameworks that
configure science, technology, and innovation.
Questions
• How are socio-epistemic relationships, practices, and resources
organized to solve societal problems? Or to produce socio-economic value?
• What forms of knowledge and values do these relationships generate or
constitute? How are these knowledges and values organized and managed?
• Are different forms and practices of knowledge more or less subject to
processes of assetization, commodification, and/or capitalization?
• Do these processes assetization, commodification, and/or capitalization
open up and/or close down the possibilities for inter-organizational
relationships and practices?

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