S&TS journal

Science & Technology Studies

EASST launched its own international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies in 2012.

In response to the steady growth of our field EASST wishes to create a new strong international journal which benefits its members and the wider STS community. The journal is a development of Science Studies, which has a 25 volume history of internationally peer-reviewed publications. The journal is under review to be included in social science citation index (SSCI).

From 2016 the journal has increased its number of issues to four.  These will appear in February, May, September and December.

From 2017 Science & Technology Studies will be a fully open access journal. EASST continues to provide financial support to the journal. EASST is proud to support a flagship open access journal for the whole STS community which is independent of commercial publishing houses.

All issues can be found on the journal’s own website at www.sciencetechnologystudies.org

Latest Issue: Science & Technology Studies: Volume 30 (1) 2017

  • Salla Sariola
    Note From the Editorial Team
  • Irina Papazu
    Nearshore Wind Resistance on Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island: Not Another NIMBY Story (see abstract)
  • Aaro Mikael Tupasela, Karoliina Snell, Jose A. Canada
    Rethinking Therapeutic Misconception in Biobanking – Ambivalence Between Research and Treatment (see abstract)
  • Oliver Dimbath, Stefan Böschen
    Forms of Articulating Epistemic Critique: the Necessity and Virtue of Internal Skepticism in Academia (see abstract)


Nearshore Wind Resistance on Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island: Not Another NIMBY Story
Irina Papazu

The Danish island Samsø is world-famous as Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island. 21 wind turbines supply the island’s electricity. Today, public hostility toward a projected nearshore wind farm off the island’s preserved northern coast is growing. This paper takes its main theoretical cue from Gomart and Hajer’s (2003) call to open up political questions to empirical inquiry and to pay attention to the material settings in which political questions unfold. The paper seeks to make sense of the islanders’ unexpected opposition to a new wind farm, and it does so through a critique of the unexperimental and depoliticizing attitude – found in the empirical case as well as in some academic scholarship – of the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) logic. Replacing the NIMBY logic of closing down deliberation with an empirical and ‘cosmopolitical’ (Stengers, 2005) approach to open up the space of politics to close investigation, the paper focuses on the empirical settings which give the controversy its specific shape and asks how the projected wind farm is interrogated, negotiated and recast as it travels through the socio-material politics of the wind controversy.
Keywords: NIMBY, renewable energy, controversy studies
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Rethinking Therapeutic Misconception in Biobanking – Ambivalence Between Research and Treatment
Aaro Mikael Tupasela, Karoliina Snell, Jose A. Canada

Some authors have noted that in biobank research participants may be guided by what is called therapeutic misconception, whereby participants attribute therapeutic intent to research procedures. This article argues that the notion of therapeutic misconception is increasingly less justified when evaluating biobanks. We present four examples taken from recent developments in biobanking to argue why the notion of therapeutic misconception is problematic in that biobanking practices are increasingly seeking to bridge research and treatment in different ways. In this article we explore examples where the boundary between research and treatment become increasingly blurred, as well as the contextual significance of healthcare systems and their prevailing ideologies in healthcare management. We argue that biobanking practices are challenging the use value, as well as the philosophical and ethical underpinnings for the need to separate research and treatment, and thus the notion of therapeutic misconception in the first place. We call this tension between research and treatment ambivalent research advancement to highlight the difficulties that various actors have in managing such shifts within the healthcare-research systems.
Keywords: biobanks, therapeutic misconception, treatment, individual research results (IRR), incidental findings (IF), healthcare policy.
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Forms of Articulating Epistemic Critique: the Necessity and Virtue of Internal Skepticism in Academia
Oliver Dimbath, Stefan Böschen

For many years now, there has been a vivid debate on contemporary forms of articulating epistemic critique, especially concerning the peer review mechanism but also dealing with fund mechanisms and, in some cases, focusing on book reviews. As reviews become more frequent and continue to exert considerable influence on the political landscape of academia, it is increasingly apparent that a fundamental understanding of the internal structure of articulating epistemic critique long overdue. Against this background, the aim of this article is to put forward two arguments. First, we argue these forms of articulating critique should be distinguished in regard to their distinctive characteristics and respective relations to academia as a whole. In doing so, we construct a research heuristic based on two dimensions, the opportunity to participate and the opportunity to react. Second, in response to an ongoing debate in Critical Policy Studies we conducted a small explorative empirical case study about on how scientific critique is articulated in book reviews. Besides providing a new overall perspective on how to categorize these forms of critique we found notable differences corresponding to the varied characteristics of the publication process in two disciplines (sociology/chemistry). We identified three dimensions as central for determining the quality of the expressed critique. As these differences might be related with underlying types of scientific communication, we finally argue that there is a necessity to take a closer look at how configurations of the different forms of scientific critique should be analysed and to address these in their full scope as ‘cultures of critique’.
Keywords: epistemic culture, critique, institutionalized scepticism, book review, chemistry, sociology

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Previous Issues: Science & Technology Studies:

Volume 29 (4) 2016

  • Samuel Goëta & Tim Davies
    The Daily Shaping of State Transparency: Standards, Machine-Readability and the Configuration of Open Government Data Policies
  • Ayelet Shavit & Yael Silver
    “To Infinity and Beyond!”: Inner Tensions in Global Knowledge Infrastructures Lead to Local and Pro-active ‘Location’ Information
  • Dagny Stuedahl, Mari Runardotter & Christina Mörtberg
    Attachments to Participatory Digital Infrastructures in the Cultural Heritage Sector

Volume 29 (3) 2016

  • Yu-Wei Lin, Jo Bates, & Paula Goodale
    Co-Observing the Weather, Co-Predicting the Climate: Human Factors in Building Infrastructures for Crowdsourced Data
  • Kirk Jalbert
    Building Knowledge Infrastructures for Empowerment: A Study of Grassroots Water Monitoring Networks in the Marcellus Shale
  • Celine Granjou & Jeremy Walker
    Promises that Matter: Reconfiguring Ecology in the Ecotrons
  • Marcello Aspria, Marleen de Mul, Samantha Adams, & Roland Bal
    Of Blooming Flowers and Multiple Sockets: The Role of Metaphors in the Politics of Infrastructural Work

Volume 29 (2) 2016

  • Masato Fukushima
    Value Oscillation in Knowledge Infrastructure: Observing its Dynamic in Japan’s Drug Discovery Pipeline
  • Peter Taber
    Taxonomic Government: Ecuador’s National Herbarium and the Institution of Biodiversity, 1986-1996
  • Éric Dagiral & Ashveen Peerbaye
    Making Knowledge in Boundary Infrastructures: Inside and Beyond a Database for Rare Diseases
  • Kalpana Shankar, Kristin R. Eschenfelder & Greg Downey
    Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure

Volume 29 (1) 2016

  • Sally Wyatt, Anna Harris, & Susan E. Kelly
    Controversy goes online: Schizophrenia genetics on Wikipedia
  • Elena Parmiggiani & Eric Monteiro
    A measure of ‘environmental happiness’: Infrastructuring environmental risk in oil and gas offshore operations
  • Angie M. Boyce
    Outbreaks and the management of ‘second-order friction’: Repurposing materials and data from the health care and food systems for public health surveillance

Volume 28 (3) 2015

  • Andrew S Balmer, Jane Calvert, Claire Marris, Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Emma Frow, Matthew Kearnes, Kate Bulpin, Pablo Schyfter, Adrian Mackenzie & Paul Martin
    Taking Roles in Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Reflections on Working in Post-ELSI Spaces in the UK Synthetic Biology Community
  • Ellis P Judson, Sandra Bell, Harriet Bulkeley, Gareth Powells & Stephen Lyon
    The Co-Construction of Energy Provision and Everyday Practice: Integrating Heat Pumps in Social Housing in England
  • Sophie Nyborg:
    Pilot Users and Their Families: Inventing Flexible Practices in the Smart Grid
  • Monika Kurath
    Architecture as a Science: Boundary Work and the Demarcation of Design Knowledge from Research
  • Saana Jukola:
    Meta-Analysis, Ideals of Objectivity, and the Reliability of Medical Knowledge

Volume 28 (2) 2015

  • Michael Morrison
    STS and Enhancement Technologies: A Programme for Future Research
  • Karen Dam Nielsen
    Involving Patients with E-health: The Dialogic Dynamics of Information Filtration Work
  • Shai Mulinari, Tora Holmberg and Malin Ideland
    Money, Money, Money? Politico-Moral Discourses of Stem Cell Research in a Grant Allocation Process
  • Sven Braun, Michael Friedewald and Govert Valkenburg
    Civilizing Drones: Military Discourses Going Civil?

Volume 28 (1) 2015

  • Guest Editorial
    Robin Williams, Sonia Liff and Mark Winskel
    The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011): Second Part
  • Knut H. Sørensen
    From ‘Alternative’ to ‘Advanced’: Mainstreaming of Sustainable Technologies
  • Graham Spinardi and Rebecca Slayton
    Greener Aviation Take-off (Delayed): Analysing Environmental Transitions with the Multi-Level Perspective
  • Kean Birch and Kirby Calvert
    Rethinking ‘Drop-in’ Biofuels: On the Political Materialities of Bioenergy
  • Christian Clausen and Wendy Gunn
    From the Social Shaping of Technology to the Staging of Temporary Spaces of Innovation – A Case of Participatory Innovation

Volume 27 (3) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Robin Williams, Sonia Liff, Mark Winskel and Fred Steward
    The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011)
  • Matthias Weber
    The Success and Failure of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands: Revisiting Stewart Russell’s Perspective on Technology Choices in Society
  • Janette Webb
    Evaluating Urban Energy Systems in the UK – the Implications for Financing Heat Networks
  • David J C Hawkey
    District Heating in the UK: Prospects for a Third National Programme
  • Original article
  • Sarah R Davies
    Knowing and Loving: Public Engagement beyond Discourse

Volume 27 (2) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo
    Energy in Society. Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society: Concluding Issue 3 of 3
  • Arthur Jobert and Claire Le Renard
    Framing Prototypes: The Fast Breeder Reactor in France (1950s–1990s)
  • Vincent F Ialenti
    Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain
  • Ana Delicado, Luís Junqueira, Susana Fonseca, Mónica Truninger, Luís Silva, Ana Horta and Elisabete Figueiredo
    Not in Anyone’s Backyard? Civil Society Attitudes towards Wind Power at the National and Local Levels in Portugal
  • Jenny Palm and Sarah J Darby
    The Meanings of Practices for Energy Consumption – a Comparison of Homes and Workplaces
  • Antti Silvast and Mikko J Virtanen
    Keeping Systems at Work: Electricity Infrastructure from Control Rooms to Household Practices

Volume 27 (1) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo: Energy in Society: Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society: Part 2 of 3
  • Mark Winskel and Jonathan Radcliffe: The Rise of Accelerated Energy Innovation and its Implications for Sustainable Innovation Studies: A UK Perspective
  • Gerhard Fuchs: The Governance of Innovations in the Energy Sector: Between Adaptation and Exploration
  • Heli Nissilä, Tea Lempiälä and Raimo Lovio: Constructing Expectations for Solar Technology over Multiple Field-configuring Events: A Narrative Perspective
  • Mikko Jalas, Helka Kuusi and Eva Heiskanen: Self-building Courses of Solar Heat Collectors as Sources of Consumer Empowerment and Local Embedding of Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Yael Parag: From Energy Security to the Security of Energy Services: Shortcomings of Traditional Supply-Oriented Approaches and the Contribution of a Socio Technical and User-Oriented Perspectives

Volume 26 (3) 2013

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo: Energy in Society: Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society
  • Les Levidow, Theo Papaioannou and Alexander Borda-Rodriguez: Innovation Priorities for UK Bioenergy: Technological Expectations within Path Dependence
  • Armi Temmes, Rami-Samuli Räsänen, Jenny Rinkinen and Raimo Lovio: The Emergence of Niche Protection through Policies: The Case of Electric Vehicles Field in Finland
  • Mads Dahl Gjefsen: Carbon Cultures: Technology Planning for Energy and Climate in the US and EU
  • Lea Schick and Brit Ross Winthereik: Innovating Relations – or Why Smart Grid is not too Complex for the Public
  • James Mittra: Repairing the ‘Broken Middle’ of the Health Innovation Pathway: Exploring Diverse Practitioner Perspectives on the Emergence and Role of ‘Translational Medicine’

Volume 26 (2) 2013

  • Editorial
  • Pernille Bjørn and Randi Markussen: Cyborg Heart: The Affective Apparatus of Bodily Production of ICD Patients
  • Attila Bruni and Carlo Rizzi: Looking for Data in Diabetes Healthcare: Patient 2.0 and the Re-engineering of Clinical Encounters
  • Henriette Langstrup, Louise Bagger Iversen, Signe Vind and Thomas Lunn Erstad: The Virtual Clinical Encounter: Emplacing Patient 2.0 in Emerging Care Infrastructures
  • Annegrete Juul Nielsen and Casper Bruun Jensen: Travelling Frictions: Global Disease Self-Management, Local Comparisons and Emergent Patients
  • Jeannette Pols: The Patient 2.Many: About Diseases that Remain and the Different Forms of Knowledge to Live with them

Volume 26 (1) 2013

  • Editorial
  • Anders Blok: Urban Green Assemblages: An ANT View on Sustainable City Building Projects
  • Sampsa Hyysalo, Jouni K. Juntunen and Stephanie Freeman: Internet Forums and the Rise of the Inventive Energy User
  • Torun Granstrom Ekeland and Britt Kramvig: Negotiating Terrains: Stories from the Making of “Siida”
  • Kai Eriksson: Innovation and the Vocabulary of Governance
  • Adrijana Šuljok and Marija Brajdić Vuković: How the Croatian Daily Press Presents Science News

Volume 25 (2) 2012

  • Editorial
  • Céline Granjou and Isabelle Mauz: Expert Activities as Part of Research Work: The Example of Biodiversity Studies
  • Séverine Louvel: The ‘Industrialization’ of Doctoral Training? A Study of the Experiences of Doctoral Students and Supervisors in the French Life Sciences
  • Ericka Johnson and Cecilia Åsberg: Enrolling Men, their Doctors, and Partners: Individual and Collective Responses to Erectile Dysfunction
  • Sarah Parry, Wendy Faulkner, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Nicola J. Marks: Heterogeneous Agendas around Public Engagement in Stem Cell Research: The Case for Maintaining Plasticity


These issues are now available on an open access basis from the journal’s own website at www.sciencetechnologystudies.org


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