Medical knowledges and technologies complementary or alternative to biomedical ones have so far received limited attention in STS. This track welcomes papers on various aspects of construction, translation, collaboration, co-existence or conflict of CAM in biomedical and/or other medical settings.
Inquiry into Complementary or Alternative Medicines (CAM) has so far not been a major focus of STS. Inquiry into how science and technology "could be otherwise" (Woolgar 2015), may have much to gain, however, from further studies of how complementary or alternative medical knowledges and technologies are construed, developed, pursued, communicated and translated, while collaborating, co-existing and/or conflicting with biomedical settings. How do CAM practices intersect and combine with biomedical networks? How have CAM knowledges and/or products travelled, been (re)negotiated and tinkered with (Mol 2010) in worlds of evidence-based and globalized medicine? How might CAM practices contribute to notions of body multiple (Mol 2002) or to post-phenomenological study of embodied processes of perception and interpretation of body, health and disease? How might CAM practice be framed as conducive or resistant to biopower? This track welcomes papers on various such aspects of medical knowledge and technologies complementary or alternative to biomedical ones.