[Air-L] EASST 2018 Conference - Panel: STS meet ICT: politics and the collaborative turn in STS

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Wed Jan 24 05:36:24 PST 2018

Dear all,

We invite you to submit
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an abstract
to our open panel – STS meet ICT: politics and the collaborative turn in STS
– at the EASST 2018
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Conference <https://easst2018.easst.net/home>  , 25-28th July, 2018,
Lancaster, UK.

Mariacristina Sciannamblo
​ (​
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
​) - cristina.sciannamblo at m-iti.org

Maurizio Teli
​ (​
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
​)​ - 
​maurizio.teli at m-iti.org
Chris Csikszentmihalyi
​ (​
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
​) - csik at m-iti.org

Peter Lyle
​ (​
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
​) - peter.lyle at m-iti.org

(C23) STS meet ICT: politics and the collaborative turn in STS

Short abstract

This panel wants to focus on the collaborative and committed orientation of
STS (Science and Technology Studies) by exploring its interplay with the
broad field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This
relationship entails different forms of meeting: disciplinary,
epistemological, institutional, and local alliances.

Long abstract

The increasing prominence of critical approaches - e.g. feminist and
postcolonial STS - and the intersections with surrounding fields - e.g.
participatory design, information science, and critical technical practice -
have stressed the politically engaged character of STS, emphasizing its
"activist interest" (Sismondo, 2008). Such growing interest in collaborative
modes of practicing STS has suggested the emergence of a "collaborative
turn" in STS (Farías, 2017).
This panel wants to focus on such collaborative orientation of STS by
exploring its interplay with the field of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT). This relationship entails diverse forms of meeting such as
the disciplinary intersection of STS with design studies and information
science; the epistemological meeting between STS and critical perspectives;
the making of new alliances between researchers, activists and local
population; the convergence of institutional interests and research
practices to promote alternative sociotechnical infrastructures.
This panel seeks interdisciplinary contributions that explore the politics
in and of the relationship between STS and ICT, from experiences of local
and community activism to large-scale examples of alternative sociotechnical
infrastructures. Topics relevant for this panel may include:

- ICT, labor, and precariousness
- Hacktivism, community networks, and alternative Internet
- Post-colonial and anti-colonial computing
- Feminist interventions in ICT
- Commons, peer production, and platform cooperativism
- Interplay between publics, researchers, and institutions

This panel aims at fostering interdisciplinary encounters, in the light of
potential shared publication opportunities, likes journal special issues or
edited books, in order to foster the politically engaged STS agenda in the
relationship with ICT.

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Paper proposals should be submitted through the
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panel website
​: ​https://nomadit.co.uk/easst/easst2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6275

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should include <https://easst2018.easst.net/call-for-papers> :
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a paper title,
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name/s and email address/es of author/s, a short abstract of fewer than 300
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characters, a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

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Deadline for submission:
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14, 2018 (23:59 CEU)

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