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Autocensura in Academia and STS — transformations, negotiations and practices of knowledge production. Methods, paradigms and theoretical challenges 
Helena Pettersson (Umeå University)
Izabela Wagner (Université Paris-Cité URMIS)
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Sharon Traweek (University of California, Los Angeles UCLA)
Sharon Traweek (University of California, Los Angeles UCLA)
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Short Abstract:

This panel focus on autocensura in relation to transformations, negotiations and practices of scientific knowledge production and STS. The papers in this panel highlights autocensura as a social and cultural phenomenon, and its part of and impact on methods, paradigms and theoretical challenges.

Long Abstract:

One of the most classic examples of the limitation of academic freedom is the censorship in spaces controlled by authoritarian governments. However, censorship is also practiced within research communities, and also, among single researchers. In this panel, we focus on transformations, negotiations and practices of knowledge production in relationship to STS and the phenomenon autocensura (latin term) (Wagner 2020; 2022, Pettersson 2016).

We invite papers that among other topics address the following areas:

Descriptions and analysis of autocensura practices (in various fields - social sciences, natural sciences and humanities)

Spaces of autocensura - the areas covered by silences (topic covered by it)

Relationship between the status of the researcher and the autocensura practice (precarity and career stage)

The dynamic of political context and autocensura practices

Autocensura in the past - case studies (collective or individual biographies)

Symbolic violence of autocensura

Gender, ethnic, age, family, migration situation, and class factors regarding autocensura practices

Relation to mentors and peers as a frame for autocensura practices.

Autocensura is a sociological phenomenon, part of the process of knowledge construction.

Ideally, the most critical findings are included in academic texts. However, an author/researcher may decide not to publish results (or part of it), despite the high quality of the data and/or the high relevance of the conclusions. (Wagner, 2020: 133). Autocensura is practiced by researchers who are working in various disciplines and in various political contexts (not only under authoritarian regimes) (Wagner, 2022). They may withhold knowledge that might produce transformations, and thus revive questions regarding knowledge production, roles, and commitments, for the research community and society.

In this panel we are eager to focus on the process, its stages, contexts, dynamics, interactions between the author(s) and their milieu, and its impacts on knowledge production, and its impact on methods, paradigms and theoretical challenges.

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Session 1