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Message posted on 08/01/2020

EASST +4S Call for Abstracts

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    We warmly invite abstract submissions for our open panel at the EASST+4S
    Conference 2020 ( in Prague (18-21 August
    2020). The panel is entitled "Acknowledging residues: the (un)-making of an
    environmental concern".


    Signe Mikkelsen (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)

    Franziska Klaas (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)

    Discussant: Susanne Bauer (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture,
    University of Oslo)

    Panel abstract:

    Residues are reduced and transformed remnants of formerly present materials,
    events, or actions. Frequently associated with chemicals, pesticides, and
    waste, they are also the result of discard and excess, sticky - yet unruly -
    bordering both the visible and the invisible. A consequence of past and
    present material legacies, they pervade and persist in environments, humans,
    and non-humans alike, carrying with them potentially hazardous or toxic

    Yet, residues do not always emerge as environmental concerns - nor as bodily,
    political, or material ones. Rather, they are often a (non)-concern, sometimes
    evading recognition and response, despite their ubiquitous presence.

    This open panel invites contributors to critically engage with the question of
    when, how, and to whom residues become a concern. It asks under what
    circumstances particular forms of residue might rise to levels of
    acknowledgement and political engagement - thereby constituting a call for
    action - while other forms of residues are silenced, muted, or overlooked.

    Attending to the practices, politics, histories, and technologies that go into
    the making of residues as concerns, it wishes to remain attentive to the
    (potentially) hazardous materialisations of residues and their ecological and
    embodied outcomes. This means acknowledging past legacies as well as lasting
    effects and generated inequalities. This allows for a careful engagement with
    potential threats embedded within these issues as with political possibilities
    that might arise from such recognition.

    Submission information:

    Abstracts may be submitted directly on the 4S/EASST website: The deadline for
    submissions is February 29, 2020.

    After logging in, click 'Submit A New Proposal' followed by 'Papers for open
    Panels'. Scroll down until you find Panel #196 titled "Acknowledging residues:
    the (un)-making of an environmental concern". Submissions should consist of a
    paper title (50 words maximum) and a paper abstract (250 words maximum).

    In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either of

    We look forward to your proposals!

    With kind regards,

    Signe & Franziska
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