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Message posted on 14/04/2019

SI CfP/Call for Abstracts: Ethnographic data generation in STS collaboration (by 30th April)

Dear colleagues,

this is a call for papers for an upcoming special issue on “Ethnographic
data generation in STS collaboration” in /Science & Technology Studies/
to be published in early 2021 (online first earlier) and co-edited by
Ingmar Lippert and Julie Sascia Mewes. We welcome extended abstracts by
the end of April.

Please find the full project here:
the call at

Background paper to the SI: "Doing Data": Methodography in and of STS
published in EASST Review 38(1), 2019.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Ethnographic data generation in STS


STS scholars frequently engage in collaborative research, as groups of
STS scholars as much as in collaborations with colleagues in other
fields or non-academics. This SI ex­plores how ethnographic data is
generated and transformed for STS analysis in a range of such
collaborative contexts. The special issues (SI) aims to lead beyond
reflexivity ac­counts of positionality in STS ethnography and establish
a benchmark for the STS ethno­graphic study of how ethnographic
collaboration configures its data.

This focus recognises that STS now build on and critically engage with a
tradition of care­fully scrutinising how scientists pursue their
research – in the field, the laboratory, at desks and conferences.
Recognising that textbooks' presentations of methods cannot be mir­rored
in their "applications" or "implementations", STS have questioned how to
author STS accounts "after method"; and we may attend to "inventive
methods" to pay attention to the various material and semiotic tools and
devices (a) that configure research objects and (b) through which the
researcher's data are achieved. Enacting our own STS ethnography's data
involves a range of performances of "decisions", explicit and implicit
assumptions and politico-normative inscriptions, contingent unfoldings
and clashes with, potentially unruly, humans and non-humans; we have to
"manage" our data as much as our relations within the research assemblages.

Interestingly, however, STS have not yet developed a strong tradition
for studying how our own collaborations are shaping the generation and
transformation of our ethnographic data. The SI focuses on studying the
relation between collaboration, ethnography and its data as it is
configured in negotiations of different worlds, in collaborations across
differ­ence between researchers and other actants within their research
assemblages. Who and what is accountable to what else and in what way in
assembling researchers, our partners, subjects, objects, our devices and
our data? How do these relations shape and effect not only data but also
the objects we study? Ethnographically describing and analysing our
method's data practices – this we call methodography. We deem developing
and showcas­ing methodography a significant contribution to our field
because this promises to equip STS not only with a resource that
ethnograpically working STS scholars can well draw on to analyse their
own method choices but also because this proposed SI performs
exercis­ing a genre, or a language, for presenting and telling such


by 22^nd April 2019               For book review essays
submit an /Outline/ of the review that (a) identifies candidate books,
events, etc that the review es­say would cover and (b) explains, in 300
words, how this se­lection of review items will contribute to this CfP
to Ingmar Lippert via

by 30^th April 2019                  For research and discussion papers
submit /Extended Ab­stract/ of max 1,000 words (not including
references) that de­tails (a) the empirical object of analysis; (b) the
methods em­ployed to learn about this object (e.g. partici­pant
observation, historiography, open-ended interviews, …); (c) the
analytical apparatus employed and (d) on outline of the argument to
Julie Sascia Mewes via

31^st May 2019                        /Decision/ by guest editors about
invitation for manuscript sub­mission to the journal’s standard double
blind peer review process.

by 30^th September 2019       /Submit manuscript/ to,
for review by guest editors.

by 30^th November 2019        /Submit manuscript/ via Journal website
Publication after dou­ble-blind peer review process and manuscript
acceptance with DOI and online first.

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding further questions.


Julie Mewes & Ingmar Lippert

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