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STS meet ICT: politics and the collaborative turn in STS 
Mariacristina Sciannamblo (Sapienza University of Rome)
Maurizio Teli
Christopher Csikszentmihalyi (Cornell University)
Peter Lyle (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)
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Confluence, collaboration and intersection
Bowland North Seminar Room 20
Start time:
25 July, 2018 at
Time zone: Europe/London
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Short Abstract:

This panel wants to focus on the collaborative and committed orientation of STS by exploring its interplay with the broad field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This relationship entails different forms of meeting: disciplinary, epistemological, institutional, and local alliances.

Long Abstract:

The increasing prominence of critical approaches - e.g. feminist and postcolonial STS - and the intersections with surrounding fields - e.g. participatory design, information science, and critical technical practice - have stressed the politically engaged character of STS, emphasizing its "activist interest" (Sismondo, 2008). Such growing interest in collaborative modes of practicing STS has suggested the emergence of a "collaborative turn" in STS (Farías, 2017).

This panel wants to focus on such collaborative orientation of STS by exploring its interplay with the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This relationship entails diverse forms of meeting such as the disciplinary intersection of STS with design studies and information science; the epistemological meeting between STS and critical perspectives; the making of new alliances between researchers, activists and local population; the convergence of institutional interests and research practices to promote alternative sociotechnical infrastructures.

This panel seeks interdisciplinary contributions that explore the politics in and of the relationship between STS and ICT, from experiences of local and community activism to large-scale examples of alternative sociotechnical infrastructures. Topics relevant for this panel may include:

ICT, labor, and precariousness

Hacktivism, community networks, and alternative Internet

Post-colonial and anti-colonial computing

Feminist interventions in ICT

Commons, peer production, and platform cooperativism

Interplay between publics, researchers, and institutions

This panel aims at fostering interdisciplinary encounters, in the light of potential shared publication opportunities, likes journal special issues or edited books, in order to foster the politically engaged STS agenda in the relationship with ICT.

Accepted papers:

Session 1