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Dear list members,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract (250 words max) to our open
panel #166 entitled "STS for a Post-truth Age: Comparative Dialogues on
Reflexivity” to be held at EASST/4S Conference between August 18 - August 21
in Prague.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Open Panel # 166 STS for a Post-truth Age: Comparative Dialogues on

The linear model of knowledge creation and diffusion has frequently been
criticized by STS scholars through an emphasis on social contexts of
knowledge. Based on this critique, reflexivity plays an important role in
pushing the academic boundaries of STS. True to the conference focus
“locating and timing matters”, it is important to take into account
various accelerated ways of knowledge circulation, as STS scholars are faced
with challenges of the post-truth age.

The panel calls for laying the groundwork for a reflexive dialogue on how to
practice STS in the post truth age by emphasizing the importance of reciprocal
sharing across a diverse group of participants. We are interested in
contributions that engage empirically and theoretically with the concepts of
truth, evidence and objectivity from a comparative perspective. We are
particularly seeking contributions that highlight the digital and
infrastructural materiality of the post-truth age. We also welcome studies of
STS practices in different cultural settings, shedding light on heterogeneous
ways of practicing and doing STS for a post-truth age. We invite papers
dealing with but not limited to following questions:What does sustainable STS
look like? What kinds of practices and output should we be aiming for without
necessarily swinging back to the ideal of objectivity?How can STS continue to
critically engage with the hegemonic narratives of S&T and find meaningful
ways to address the promotion of alternative facts?How can we conceptualize
expertise in an age of networked advocacy, citizen journalism, participatory
science and new demands on verification?

Keywords: post-truth age, dialogues on reflexivity, academic boundaries of
Categories: Knowledge, Theory and Method
Melike Sahinol, Orient Institute Istanbul

Emine Onculer Yayalar, Bilkent University

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