Subject: 4s open panel #121 Working at the Edges

Send your paper to Open Panel #121 for the 4s Meeting @ Boston, 30 Aug-2 Sept
2017 "The purpose of calling for open panel
proposals is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of
interest to the 4S community." With our panel we are eager to find
colleagues, form coalitions, and create future distributed collaborations
among those engaged in work on global circulations of migrants, women, and
minorities (MWM) through technosciences, as well as the nomadic, imposter,
parasite, mestizo, and rhizome epistemologies, instruments, techniques, goals,
and other provocations that travel with us. Please join us our panel and/or be
in touch with our emergent, resolutely interdisciplinary, translocal,
ecumenical, and unruly egalitarian assemblage.

Open Panel 121
Working at the Edges: Migrants, Women, and Minorities in Technosciences

Global circulations of migrants, women, and minorities (MWM) through
technosciences, including STS, fundamentally transform sense/knowledge
makings, material cultures, and infrastructures, while remaking technoscience
MWM and exposing the glocal political economies/exclusions at play. MWM can
strategically negotiate intersectional distinctions at work while building
alternative processes and engagements with technoscience work. This open panel
calls for projects using an array of discursive, methodological, and
theoretical strategies that explore queries like these:

* What strategies enable technoscience MWM to work successfully at the edge?
When and where? How do they vary between MWM and differ from others?
* How do MWM workforces/practices in STS resemble other technoscience MWM?
* How have MWM gained/maintained access to, engaged with, and changed
technoscience (education, jobs, projects, techniques, discourses, data,
instruments, etc)?
* What kinds of webs of relations do technoscience MWM build/maintain/avoid?
* What kinds of sense/knowledge making strategies and pedagogies do MWM
employ? Why?
* How do MWM circulations enable new kinds of sense/knowledge making?
* How do MWM interventions differ across technoscience fields?
* How do socio-cultural (in)sensitivities affect sense/knowledge making when
technoscientists often believe their work is neutral about socio-cultural
* What are MWM discursive and narrative strategies?
* What STS theories make sense of MWM practices? How do MWM practices
intervene in STS theory making?
* What do MWM strategies expose about glocal technoscience ethics and
political economies?
* Why has the global representation of MWM in the biomedical/social/STS
technosciences changed so much since 1970, compared to physical

Panel Co-Organizers:
Diane Yu Gu, Director, Organizational Development & Learning, External
Affairs, UCLA<><>
Reynal Guillen, Prog. Mgr, Fellowships & Internships in Extremely Large Data
Sets {FIELDS), Physics & Astronomy Dept, Univ. California, Riverside<>
Jarita Holbrook, AAAS Fellow, OISE/NSF, USA, and Physics Dept, Univ. of
Western Cape, South Africa<>
Sharon Traweek, Gender Studies, UCLA<>
Vivian Wong, Postdoctoral Researcher & Subject Specialist Archivist, UCLA<>

Sharon Traweek, Gender Studies, UCLA
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