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Message posted on 07/02/2020

CfP: STS for a Post-truth Age: Comparative Dialogues on Reflexivity (4S/EASST)

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 feel free to circulate.

Best wishes,

Emine & Melike


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

*Deadline: 2020, February 29.

Please hand in your abstract via

(Submission instructions:

Panel abstract

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 STS

Organizers: Melike Sahinol, Orient Institute Istanbul & Emine Onculer
Yayalar, Bilkent University

Contact: or

Dr. rer. soc. Melike Şahinol
Research Field “Human, Medicine, and Society”
Orient-Institut Istanbul
Susam Sokak 16, D. 8
TR-34433 Cihangir – Istanbul

phone +90-212-293 60 67 ext. 133
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