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Creative methods in STS: innovative perspectives for citizen inclusion and engagement 
Jussara Rowland (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa)
Ana Delicado (Instituto de Ciências Sociais ULisboa)
Clara Venâncio (Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel brings together researchers to explore creative methods, STS, and public engagement in science and technology. We aim to highlight innovative ways of engaging non-academic audiences and how creative methods promote active participation beyond traditional forms of involvement.

Long Abstract:

This panel aims to convene researchers to explore the intersections of creative methods, STS, and public engagement in science and technology. Our focus is on diverse perspectives that illuminate the dynamic nature of citizen inclusion in STS. We welcome papers and reflections showcasing innovative and creative methods for engaging non-academic audiences and how these intersections actively contribute to shaping new scientific and technological agendas. Additionally, we aim to examine the implications of citizen involvement and the role of creativity in mediating these interactions, including how creative techniques bridge the gap between experts and the general public, and how creative methodologies can foster active participation and engagement that extends traditional forms of involvement. Furthermore, we encourage contributions that investigate the role of creative methods in reaching and including traditionally excluded groups, such as marginalized and underrepresented communities. We also seek to explore the ethical considerations that arise when using creative methods to promote equity and inclusivity. Through a critical examination of the potentialities, power dynamics, ethical considerations, and cultural sensitivities associated with these methods, our goal is to advance our understanding of how creative methods can bridge the gap between the realms of science and the broader public. This is a combined format open panel with a strong emphasis on the role of making and doing through creative methodologies. It will accept submissions in the form of 1) Traditional academic paper presentations, 2) Contributions to a workshop on zine-making and other creative experiments for citizen engagement, and 3) Other workshops and performances that explore innovative creative methods for citizen engagement and inclusion.

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