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Transnational STS: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies | EASST and 4S Joint Meeting | 18 - 21 August

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Dear colleagues,

Building on continuing dialogue about transnational STS in recent years at
4S conferences, we’re organizing a panel for 4S/EASST Joint Meeting at
Prague this year (18-21 August),
Transnational STS: Theories, Practices,
and Pedagogies (see below for the CfPs and abstract submission
guidelines). Please join us!

We are working to figure out remote participation possibilities so please
be in touch if you would like to participate but already know that you
won't be able to be in Prague.

This panel will build from the work done in previous years on the STS
Across Borders

and Innovating
STS digital
collections and conference exhibits. We thus envision building a digital
workspace for the panel where we can interact in the lead up to the
conference and beyond. We see this as an experiment with new forms of
collaboration, scholarly expression, and archiving -- building
infrastructure for transnational STS. Participation in the online,
on-going effort will be optional, but we hope you'll be interested.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Otherwise, we are very much
looking forward to seeing your ideas,

Transnational STS Panel Organizers

EASST and 4S Joint Meeting

Panel #200 - Transnational STS: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies*

Kim Fortun, University of California Irvine; Noela Invernizzi, Universidade
Federal do Parana; Duygu Kasdogan, İzmir Katip Çelebi University; Aalok
Khandekar, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad; Angela Okune,
University of California Irvine

STS scholarship has flourished in diverse regions and institutional spaces,
creating a deeply transnational, interdisciplinary research field.
Further, STS scholars in diverse places often study global circuits of
ideas, technologies, experts, development models, and so on. Transnational
STS thus has many facets and potentials. Building on continuing dialogue
about transnational STS in recent years (especially since the 2018 4S
conference in Sydney, where TRANSnational STS was the conference theme),
this panel will bring together presenters working to conceptualize,
practice and extend Transnational STS in different ways. In conversation
with STS scholarship that focuses on the constitution of modern
technoscience across and between nation-states, this panel seeks to reflect
on the transnational character of STS at theoretical, methodological and
empirical levels from a comparative perspective. Rather than approaching
“transnational” as an ideal temporal-spatial universalism to be achieved,
this panel particularly aims to elaborate on and question STS praxis that
centers on the analytic of the “nation-state” in studying
developments as well as reflecting on the uncritical utilization of STS
concepts/theories across different contexts. Through opening a
self-reflexive space about methodological nationalism and neocolonial
orientations in our praxis at this very moment when we witness the haunt of
the far-right movements, authoritarian states, post-truth politics, and
intentional denial of socio-ecological crises across the world, we invite
contributions that reflect on theoretical and methodological capacities of
STS to imagine and reclaim for science(s) otherwise. Contributions may
address, among others, the following questions:

· What makes STS transnational? How can we think about
STS” in juxtaposition to other concepts, e.g., international,
multinational, postnational, supra-national, anti-national, global,
cosmopolitan, universal, imperial, and translocal?

· What becomes visible when nation-state as the only analytic breaks
down? What is the role of the nation-state with regard to education,
research activities and the regulation of technologies in the contemporary

· How do STS theories and concepts travel, get used and modified
around the world? Are the directions of the flux of theories and concepts
changing? To what extent do STS theories and concepts reflect on the
inadequacies of existing categories -e.g., “East and West” ; “center
periphery”; “developing and developed”?

· What can we learn from South-South dialogues in STS?

· How are transnational research networks formed and organized? How
do these networks set research agendas?

· What infrastructures can support transnational STS formations?

· What are the methods and methodologies used to foster transnational
knowledge production in a collaborative manner? How would transnational STS
add to the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character of the field?

· What are exemplary cases that demonstrate transnational STS

· How can transnational STS contribute to STS teaching? How can
transnational STS add to local efforts in engaging with multiple publics,
decision-makers, scientists, activists, and other related actors?

· How can transnational STS contribute to the future of the field?
What are the limitations of doing transnational STS?


Keywords: transnational STS, nation-state, neocolonialism, research
networks, pedagogy
Abstract Submission
February 29

Meeting’s Remote Participation

Meeting’s EcoStatement

Aalok Khandekar , Assistant Professor
Anthropology/ Sociology
Department of Liberal Arts , Indian Institute of
Technology Hyderabad
Kandi, Sangareddy-502285, Telangana, India

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