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Choreographies: Rhythms and Movements in Research - 4S/EASST Prague 2020

4S/EASST Prague 2020
24. Choreographies: Rhythms and Movements in Research
Andrea Schikowitz, TU Munich; Niki Vermeulen, University of Edinburgh; Filip
Vostal, Czech Academy of Sciences
Discussant: Charis Thompson, University of California, Berkeley
This session aims to explore intersections between temporal and spatial
dimensions of research through the mobilization of the concept of
'choreography'. With an origin in the Greek language, combining 'dance' with
'writing', the artistic metaphor evokes movements and their routinized
sequences (cf. Pickering 1995 and his notion of 'dance of agency' and his
overall theory of 'mangle of practice'). Emanating Thompson's (1998, 2005)
concept of 'ontological choreography' - capturing the dynamic coordination of
scientific, technical, legal, political, financial, relational and emotional
aspects in clinics for Assisted Reproductive Technology - STS researchers have
studied coordination and (de)alignment of research configurations, while
leaving room for non-linear narratives, multiplicities and tensions. Analyses
cover choreographies of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary fields,
participation and identity formation (see work of Felt 2016; Moreira 2018;
Schikowitz 2017, 2020; Vermeulen 2018). In turn, Coeckelbergh (2019) recently
used choreography to show how science and (digital) technology can shape and
organize human thinking, movements and lives. Consequently, this panel invites
papers that further explore rhythms and movements in research, including its
embodiment and imprint. We would like to bring together scholars working on
the role of time and/or space in research to discuss spatio-temporal patterns,
e.g. pacing, duration, circulation,(de)synchronisation, (de)centering, ebbing
and flowing, acceleration and deceleration, openness and closedness, and the

Coeckelberg, M (2019). Moved by Machines. Performance Metaphors and Philosophy
of Technology. London: Routledge.
Felt, Ulrike (2016) 'The Temporal Choreographies of Participation. Thinking
Innovation and Society From a Time-Sensitive Perspective'. In Chilvers, Jason,
and Kearnes, Matthew (eds), Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and
Emergent Publics. (London/New York: Routledge): 178-198
Moreira, T (2018). 'Translating the Cell Biology of Aging? On the Importance
of Choreographing Knowledge' Seminar at STS University of Michigan, February
Pickering, A. (1995). The Mangle of Practice. Time, Agency and Science.
Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
Schikowitz, A. (2017). Choreographies of Togetherness. Re-Ordering
Collectivity and Individuality in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in
Austria. doctoral thesis. Vienna: Department of Science and Technology
Studies/University of Vienna.
Schikowitz, Andrea (2020, forthcoming): 'Being a Good Researcher in
Transdisciplinary Research - Identity Beyond Community?'; Sociology of the
Sciences Yearbook "Communities and Identities in Contemporary Technosciences
", Eds: Karen Kastenhofer and Susan Molyneux-Hodgson.

Thompson, C. (2005). Making Parents. The Ontological Choreography of
Reproductive Technologies. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Thompson/Cussins, C. (1998). Ontological Choreography: Agency for Women
Patients in an Infertility Clinic. In M. Berg & A. Mol (Eds.), Differences in
Medicine. Untraveling Practices, Techniques and Bodies (pp. 166-201).
Durham/London: Duke University Press.
Vermeulen, N. (2018). The Choreography of a New Research Field: Aggregation,
Circulation and Oscillation. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space,
50(8), 1764-1784.
Keywords: Choreography, time, space, research practice
Categories: Knowledge, Theory and Method
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