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4S 2021 Open Panel: STS in/from/and Asia

Please consider submitting to our Open Panel on STS in/from/and Asia at the upcoming 4S 2021 conference. Abstracts can be submitted through the conference website . Last date for submission is March 8. Questions may be directed to: aalok@la.iith.ac.in.

Title: STS in/from/and Asia Keywords: Asia, Transnational STS, Feminist and Postcolonial STS, Regional Collaborations, Research Infrastructures Organizers: Emma Kowal, Aalok Khandekar, Hsin-Hsing Chen, Lyle Fearnley, Usha Raman

Panel Description: Since Daiwie Fu first asked ‘how far can East Asian STS go?’ in the inaugural issue of East Asian Science, Technology and Society in 2007, many scholars have considered the limits and possibilities of STS in the Asian region. This open panel seeks to build on these conversations, drawing on empirical studies of technoscience within, across and beyond Asia.

A persistent theme in explorations of STS and Asia has been the troubling of critiques based on west/non-west binaries, recognizing instead processes of creolization, hybridity and syncretism in both technoscience and in STS scholarship. As the centre of geopolitical gravity shifts to what is increasingly called the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Asia is the site of novel imaginaries and bold experimentation in every aspect of 21st century life – from energy transition to biosecurity to gene editing to surveillance capitalism – that are shaped by intersecting legacies of European and Asian colonialisms, ongoing Indigenous dispossession and persecution of minority groups, ecological collapse and acute vulnerability to climate change.

Contributing to discussions that have begun through the new TransAsiaSTS Network, we seek papers on all aspects of technoscience that contribute to answering questions such as: What can STS offer the study of technoscience in Asia and what does Asia offer STS? What kind of categories are ‘STS in Asia’ or ‘Asian STS’? How do they relate to Indigenous, queer, feminist, postcolonial, decolonial, and posthuman inflections of STS scholarship? How can scholarly infrastructures better support STS research and research training in the region? How can collaborations in the region contribute to building solidarities and strengthening civil societies? How might these in turn inform practical efforts on the ground? What possibilities can emerge from comparisons of STS in/from/and Asia and other regional formations, located in Northern as well as Southern contexts?

-- Best Wishes,

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

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Editor-in-Chief, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (2020- ) *Platform Director, *STS Infrastructures


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