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P212


Experimental articulations of knowledge: water as a site and ground of making and doing transformation 
Convenors:
Nicole Vitellone (University of Liverpool)
Ciara Kierans (University of Liverpool)
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Discussant:
Christy Spackman (Arizona State University)
Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to open a space for thinking with STS scholars experimentations with water as a site and ground of making and doing transformation and explore the role and importance of STS to speak to societal and environmental challenges.

Long Abstract:

In the context of debates about the coherence of the concept of water in the social sciences and humanities, this panel seeks to engage with water as a problem space for STS. It does so by opening up a space for thinking with STS scholars experimentations with water as a site and ground of making and doing transformation. Our aim is to open up a site to think with waters material presence in knowledge practices across the social, life and environmental sciences. In so doing, the panel examines the affordances of water as a concept, material practice, and infrastructure (see de Laet and Mol, 2000; Ballestero, 2019; Spackman, 2023) and explores the role of STS approaches to speak to societal challenges relating to the environment including water treatment, constructing wetlands, the commodification of water and reducing plastic water. Ambitious and experimental we invite STS researchers working on any aspect of water to discuss their interventions and alliances with other disciplines. While experiments with water express disciplinary and interdisciplinary articulations by what they bring together, they can also produce points of conceptual, methodological and analytical realignment. Experimental articulations of knowledge also arise from a range of interactions including interviews, observations and engagements with people, texts, objects, or they can be concentrated in specific settings. In this panel we consider water as an empirical base and intellectual ground for drawing together different disciplinary and interdisciplinary articulations of knowledge. In so doing we explore the space the materiality of water provides us with, and importance and role of STS as a part of making and doing knowledge differently.

Accepted papers: