Making Worlds: Feminist STS and everyday technoscience 
Kara Wentworth (University of California San Diego)
Monica Hoffman (University of California San Diego)
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Thursday 1 September, 9:00-10:45, 11:00-12:45, 12:30-14:15, 14:00-15:45, 16:00-17:45, 18:00-19:45 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This track invites papers informed by feminist science studies scholarship on how worlds are made through everyday and more-than-human practices. We welcome both traditional and experimental presentations exploring the processes and uneven consequences of technoscientific world-making.

Long Abstract

From Ruth Cowan's washing machines (1983) to Leigh Star's onions (1990), Chandra Mukerji's gardens (1997) to Anna Tsing's mushrooms (2012), feminist technoscience has analyzed material practices to understand politics and power. Following Haraway's articulation of "worlding" and practices of becoming-with (2007), this track invites papers engaging situated and quotidian practices (de Laet and Mol 2000; Mol 2003) in order to understand how unequal worlds are made through daily and repeating material interaction between humans and non-humans. We welcome both traditional and experimental paper presentations that explore the process and uneven consequences of technoscientific world-making, and begin to imagine other possible "collectives, spaces, and futures."

Potential themes could include: human, non-human, and multi-species entanglements in scientific practice (Barad 2007; Beisel et al 2013; Kelly and Lezaun 2014; Klein 2014); embodied labor, gesture, and interactions (Goodwin 2000; Alač 2014; Vora 2015); the social lives and political stakes of technologies (Cowan 1983; Casper and Clarke 1998; TallBear 2013; Petrick 2015); figured worlds, landscapes, and built environments (Mukerji 2009, 2012; Kelly 2012); materials, materiality, and "little tools of knowledge" (Becker and Clark 2001; Bennett and Joyce 2010; Gitelman 2014).

Panel groupings will aim to bring established and newer scholars together in conversation. "Making Worlds" will be a place for celebration and visioning around feminist STS scholarship and a space to make sense of how feminist STS scholarship in particular has been foundational to this year's EASST/4S focus: "science and technology [is politics] by other means."

SESSIONS: 4/4/4/4/5/4

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