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Body, intuition and perception in arts-based interventions in decolonial environmental STS epistemologies and pedagogies 
Aadita Chaudhury (York University)
Rita Valencia (CIESAS Sureste)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Inspired by underexplored aspects of artistic practice and its role in environmental research, this panel invites traditional papers, artworks and other creative interventions that examine the place of intuition in creating a more emancipatory vision of a decolonial environmental STS.

Long Abstract:

The body, perception and intuition can help scientific practitioners engage with the environment beyond Cartesian dualism separating mind from body. However, to achieve social transformation, we must reconnect with our collective sorrows and hopes in a world plagued by war and climate disaster. It is necessary to go beyond the constant numbness or the belief that techno-fixes or disciplinary specialists will change what has as its basis the ontology of separation, competition and individualism, characteristic of Colonial Modernity (Quijano, 2001). Therefore decoloniality is a central tenet of this creative intervention. The body’s relationship to the environment has been ruptured through environmental harms, colonialism, and cultural conditioning resulting from Cartesian dualism (Scott 2015; Short 2022; Kowal, Radin, and Reardon 2013). Consequently, webs of relationality with more-than-human worlds are also disrupted. Arts practice can work to mend some of these ruptures. For researchers in science and technology studies (STS), the idea of an environmental imaginary driven by body-/intuition-based epistemologies becomes compelling.

We are interested in several ways that intuition, embodiment and perception may guide environmental inquiry. Tacit knowledges and forms of embodiment are vital to exploring relationships and encounters between global economic cores and broader peripheral zones, as well as inter/intra-actions between peripheral zones. Artistic interventions may be used to map out these encounters and provide possibilities of practice against the hegemony of imperial power relations. Rather than global cultures of institutional science, it is often locally-situated artistic interventions that carry the potential to subvert normative power structures.

For this panel, we seek traditional papers, artworks and other creative interventions to engage with ways of knowing often sidelined in the context of institutional scientific inquiry, namely, the body, intuition, and perception. We invite contributions that examine the role of intuition in creating a more emancipatory vision of a decolonial environmental STS.

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