T081
Science and Technology for Social Justice
Convenors:
Barbara Allen (Virginia Tech)
Gwen Ottinger (Drexel University)
Chairs:
Kristine Stiphany (The University of Texas at Austin)
Discussant:
Les Levidow (The Open University)
Scott Frickel (Brown University)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
M215
Sessions:
Friday 2 September, 11:00-12:45, 12:30-14:15 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

We feature cases of science and technology for social justice, with particular attention to STS interventions. Papers will both report and reflect on collaborative efforts to invent more just forms and practices of technoscience.

Long abstract:

Social, economic, and environmental justice are often the goals of science and technology "by other means." STS scholars have critically examined the ways that citizens and lay people, including social movement groups, participate in knowledge production and technological innovation, integrating social values and moral concerns into their "technical" practices. Over time, STSers have come to play a more active role, contributing to, facilitating, and even initiating projects that appropriate and refashion the tools of science and technology for social justice ends.

In this track, we feature cases of science and technology for social justice, with particular attention to STS interventions. Papers will both report and reflect on collaborative efforts to invent more just forms and practices of technoscience, addressing questions such as: What has an STS orientation added to the project? What institutional arrangements have enabled it, or been created in the process of doing it? What new hybrids, assemblages, or collectives have emerged? How have project results become actionable? What political work have they done? At what cost? With what promise?

We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as for unconventionally formatted sessions, including roundtable discussions and hands-on workshops.

SESSIONS: 4/5