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P068


Chrysalis: creative forms towards collaboration 
Convenors:
Shweta Krishnan (George Washington University)
Dana Burton (New York University)
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Discussants:
Dana Burton (New York University)
Shweta Krishnan (George Washington University)
Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel invites unconventional presentations anchored in transformative moments. Can it catalyze the speculation of a broader ethics of care and collaboration that transforms both the scholars and the field of STS? Think creatively; we are looking for mixed methods and media.

Long Abstract:

Imagine an encounter with raindrops, sea shells, that first sip of coffee as you dance to a song on the radio. Wayside flowers on the sidewalk.

A moment with your two-year-old, your aging mother, a stranger reading your favorite book on a train, an interlocutor who challenges you, a student who frustrates you.

A haunting presence you can’t quite see, but you feel in your spine. Imagine encountering yourself in a different time and space.

A return to your favorite park bench, or to a canvas to try, once again, to paint.

This panel invites unconventional presentations anchored in transformative moments, however ephemeral they may seem at the time of occurrence. How does that interaction—that momentary partnership with someone else—change how you think about your work? Can it catalyze the speculation of a broader ethics of care and collaboration that transforms both the scholars and the field of STS?

Like the chrysalis stage of a butterfly’s metamorphosis, this panel takes inspiration from the transformative power of collaboration as a becoming with. This mode takes seriously the idea of working with and across difference, and makes possible a space for meaningful conversation, resources, and learning. This panel centers the work of black, indigenous, transnational, feminist, and queer thinkers, artists, and activists to experiment with creative, alternative pedagogical and methodological practices in STS.

We are looking for mixed methods and media. Think of your contributions in the form of zines, photo slideshows, short video clips, sound clips, collages, choreographies, story maps, sketches, diagrams/figures, poetry, storytelling. Through these creative formats, this panel intends to deliberately disrupt normative expectations, explore playful techniques, and transform the scales of our scholarly commitments.

Accepted contributions: