We invite empirical and theoretical contributions feminist, postcolonial, and STS analysis. This track seeks to generate new networks and conversations to interrogate the dis/connections across these three fields and to establish what might loosely be called a feminist, postcolonial, STS approach.
What is the value of thinking through feminism, postcolonialism, and science and technology studies? Feminist theory has been influential in STS since the founding of the field, and over the past fifteen years, STS as a field has become increasingly attentive to knowledge-making and technological practices in postcolonial sites. Yet there is much work remaining to be done to bring feminist, postcolonial, and STS insights into conversation as intersecting fields of inquiry. At a moment in which some feminist technoscience theory is increasingly moving its attention toward the molecular scale, the postcolonial (and its Latin American decolonial sibling) can provide a call to remember macro forms of power and to interrogate modes of science by other means. At the same time as the postcolonial addresses the co-constitution of science and the postcolony, feminist theory attends to how these new forms of power shape and are shaped by unequal social relations of gender, sexuality, and race. Each of these fields on their own - feminism, postcolonialism, STS - have distinct theoretical and political projects but they remain limited. This open panel therefore invites papers that make empirical and theoretical contributions to all three of these urgent sites of feminist, postcolonial, and STS analysis and praxis. It seeks to generate new networks and conversations to interrogate the connections and disconnections across these three fields and to establish what might loosely be called a feminist, postcolonial, STS approach.