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Announcement WTMC Spring Workshop "Post-Colonial", 8-10 May 2019, Conference center Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg, NL | Please register by 28 February!

WTMC Spring Workshop "Post-Colonial"
8 - 10 May 2019
Conference centre Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg, the Netherlands
At the turn of the millennium, Science and Technology Studies was seen to have
made mixed progress in terms of developing a post-colonial scholarship, in
spite of over a decade of post-colonial lines of work in many areas of the
humanities and social sciences. For example, in 2002, Anderson wrote:

During the 1990s, [such] efforts to 'provincialize Europe' have gained pace in
many disciplines, but they seem to almost have stalled in science studies,
with the engine choking perhaps on a lingering residue of the field's
obsession with a universalized European rationality (Anderson 2002, 645).

How has the field evolved since? A decade later, Harding remarked that despite
longstanding critique of the underdeveloped ability of the modern Western
science, namely, their lack of the resources to recognize their own
provinciality, "it remains puzzling that the issues raised ... are only now
beginning to attract the attention of broader audiences in the West" (Harding
2011, 3). In 2018 "STS across
borders" was part of
the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, marking yet
another milestone in the post-colonial STS discussion.

In this workshop we will consider what a post-colonial project for STS could
be, how it has developed, and which ambitions have been and could be
formulated. Where are we, today, as a field? How has STS been implicated in
and contributed to working towards rethinking orderings of global and local,
concepts of transnationalities and identities, and other "durable binaries"
such as modern/traditional, developed/underdeveloped, Western/Indigenous,
metropole/post-colony -- to paraphrase Anderson?

We will reflect on the roles of technoscience in the production of 'globality'
of the present historical moment. Such globality is made of declining
nation-states, hybrid identities, contested new global markers (for example, a
new 'global' geological age, the Anthropocene) among other phenomena.
'Globalization' also takes on ever new forms in market, organizations, bodies
and epistemologies: flexible hierarchies, complex transactions, displacement
and fragmentations abide, also in the terrain of STS.

Guest lecturers: Amade
M'Charek, Nishant
Shah (more will follow).

The registration form for this workshop is now available
Please register by 28 February 2019!

Costs for WTMC members: meals 10 EUR /day.
Costs for everyone else: 695 EUR, including fee, accommodation and meals.

If you have any content-related questions regarding this workshop, please feel
free to contact the training coordinators Anne Beaulieu: or Bernike Pasveer:

For practical questions please contact Elize Schiweck:

Anderson, W. (2012), Postcolonial technoscience: Introduction. Social Studies
of Science 32(5-6), 643-658.
Harding, S. (2011). The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader.
Duke University Press.
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