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P070


Queering STS: transforming theories, methods, and practices 
Convenors:
Simon Lock (UCL)
Chase Ledin (The University of Edinburgh)
Ben Weil (The Love TankPrEPster)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel explores how queer theories can challenge normative knowledges, structures and framings within STS. We address how critical perspectives about queerness, sexuality and non-normativity can transform our understandings, orientations, affects, and relations to science and technology.

Long Abstract:

This panel will explore the intersection of queer theory and STS to examine and contest the role of queerness, sexuality, and practices of non-normativity within STS scholarship and practice. Queer approaches draw attention to the critical, affective, and performative embodiment of sexuality, desire and pleasure within the social world. Queerness does not, however, exclusively encapsulate sexuality and gender but also draws our attention to norms and normative systems - such as race, colonialism, ability, and class - in science and technology development, organisation, and policy. To date, STS has largely side-stepped critical analysis of social identities and normative knowledge systems within the construction of science and technology in society. This panel aims to consolidate insights from the growing field of Queering STS and meld the overt and anti-normative political commitments of queer studies with the denaturalising insights of STS scholarship and practice. It is at this intersection of political and critical commitments where scholars can most directly disrupt the normative goings on of science and technology and fully gain insights into the co-constitution of science, technology and non-normative identities and forms of oppression.

Echoing the conference theme this panel will explore how queer theories can challenge normative knowledges, structures and framings within science and technology and STS. We invite the following contributions: work that addresses queer critical absences within the social, cultural and historical positioning of STS; work that attends to the role(s) of heteronormativity, desire and pleasure, gender and sexual positionality and embodiment, multi-species affects and entanglements, and object relations; and work that expands existing theoretical and conceptual paradigms within STS to contest the normative systems of knowledge, including but not limited to gender, sex and sexuality, race and colonialism, within dominant discourses about science and technology.

Accepted papers:

Session 1
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Session 3