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Message posted on 14/01/2020

CfP EASST/4S Prague: How does long-term ethnographic research affect concept work and case-making in practice?

Dear colleagues,

during the upcoming EASST/4S conference "Locating and Timing Matters:
Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds" (18-21 August 2020 in
Prague) we will organise a panel entitled "Timing matters: How does
long-term ethnographic research affect concept work and case-making in

We'd be very happy about your contribution and hereby invite you to
submit an abstract! Deadline for abstract submission (250 words max.) is
29 February.

Find below a detailed abstract of our panel and more information about
the conference here:

We are looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,

Martina Klausner (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), Jörg Niewöhner,
Josefine Raasch & Patrick Bieler (all Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


The conference theme alerts us to 'timing' and thus the difficulty of
conducting research on emerging phenomena without becoming a fleeting
observer ourselves. We ask how long-term research commitments affect how
we conceptualize and construct cases, how we attend to the temporalities
of these cases and how these temporalities in turn affect our concept
work. Inspired by anthropology's emphasis on long-term ethnographic
research, we ask how long-term engagements with research fields shape
STS research in practice.

To turn our attention to those stated effects, we propose to focus on
the following three dimensions:

1) Based on the assumption that long-term interactions with the
interlocutors have an impact on the processes and outcomes of
conceptualizing, we ask: What matters shape our conceptualizing? How are
these concepts, developed in long-term research, generative of
re-conceptualizations in STS?

2) In a similar way, long-term interactions shape the processes and
outcomes of case-making. How does long-term research commitment shape
what matters and how we construct our cases? How do these cases,
developed in long-term research, shape our modes of generalising?

3) And last, we wonder how timing matters in the ways we think about and
conceptualize continuities and ruptures: How does it help us to
understand degrees of freedom and formations of (inter-)dependencies of
processes we observe?

We seek contributions that address these questions based on long-term
empirical research projects. The panel is meant to foster an exchange of
experiences with long-term research, provide a space for reflecting
current efforts and a platform for discussing ways forward.
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