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P246


Peripheral and semi-peripheral science and technology as an object of STS inquiry and theory 
Convenors:
Noela Invernizzi (Federal University of Parana)
Pablo Kreimer (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET))
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Discussant:
Leandro Rodriguez-Medina (Universidad Alberto Hurtado)
Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

S&T development in (semi)peripheral contexts, the objects of study of (semi)peripheral STS, are still an unattractive topic within mainstream STS. This panel invites scholars to further thinking on the transnationalization of STS considering approaches and methods developed in diverse STS spaces.

Long Abstract:

Recently we showed the invisibility of the STS work produced outside the European and North-American centers in mainstream journals and theory (Invernizzi et al 2022; Kreimer, 2022). This applied to countries in Latin America, East Asia and Africa, but also to some European countries. We argued that, notwithstanding the rising internationalization of the field and the discussion about post-coloniality and provincialization of STS, science and scientific communities in (semi)peripheral contexts, the objects of study of (semi)peripheral STS, are still an unattractive topic within mainstream STS discussion. Kreimer (2022) has shown how this peripheral character of the object of study also positions the STS communities that study them as peripheral. Further, he stated, theoretical approaches, methods, and agendas move problematically along these centers-peripheries relationships.

In line with the conference theme “Making and doing transformations”, this panel invites scholars to further thinking about the transnationalization of STS. Scientific practices increasingly transcend cross-national borders and objects are reconfigured in different geopolitical spaces. Neglecting such practices and objects ignores part of the dynamics of contemporary science, as well as the innovative approaches, concepts, and methods developed in diverse STS spaces.

Though this is not an exhaustive list, we welcome contributions that deal with:

- Transnational Science – transnational STS

- New spaces for the production of knowledge between centers and peripheries

- Science & Technology: Theories and practices across borders

- Influence of the (unevenly distributed) funding research across contexts

- Scientific communities in the (semi)peripheries

Invernizzi, N., Davyt, A., Kreimer, P., & Rodriguez Medina, L. (2022). STS Between Centers and Peripheries: How Transnational are Leading STS Journals? Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 8(3), 31-62. https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2022.1005

Kreimer, P. (2022). Constructivist Paradoxes Part 1: Critical Thoughts about Provincializing, Globalizing, and Localizing STS from a Non-Hegemonic Perspective. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 8(2), 159-175. https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2022.1109

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