Synthesising futures: Analysing the socio-technical production of knowledge and communities

Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (University of Exeter)
Morgan Meyer (MINES ParisTech)
Economy 1
Start time:
17 September, 2014 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

New technosciences are creating novel ways to produce knowledge and new communities of practice. How does the everyday production of knowledge change, with new organisational forms and new mixtures of participants? What are the implications of the novel epistemologies of emerging technoscience?

Long abstract:

Two strands of change are identifiable in the production of technoscientific communities and knowledge over time. The first can be viewed as a shift in emphasis away from small-group, researcher-led, curiosity-driven science, towards increasing spending on programmatic themes; 'top-down' research strategies; and larger organisational forms. The second strand resides in the emphasis on 'anti-silo' desires: technoscientific research communities are invoked to work across boundaries as never before and STS researchers are more explicitly entangled in techno-scientific knowledge production. These shifts - in how to produce knowledge and in how to make knowledge-producing communities - are ongoing projects that materialise from earlier shifts and policy prerogatives and are most evident in emerging technosciences (e.g. synthetic biology; nanotechnology). So, how is the everyday production of knowledge and the membership of knowledge-producing communities changing, especially in the performances of future-making? What are the implications of these moves for science and for STS? What roles do material devices like foresight and roadmaps play in articulating versions of the future? On whom do such devices have effects and how are these effects patterned? What forms of inclusion and exclusion are now performed (in training programmes; in funding bids; in research practice; in institutional strategies)? What kinds of knowledge production processes are evolving as new formations of knowledge producers emerge? Are some forms of research practice being constrained or disappearing? In what ways is STS complicit? The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-4-4-4-4 between sessions

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