E10
Geographies of knowledge production and legacy of postsocialist technoscience

Convenors:
Krzysztof Abriszewski (Nicolaus Copernicus University)
Andrzej Wojciech Nowak (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Marcin Zaród (Kozminski University )
Location:
Marcus Merriman Lecture Theatre (Bowland North)
Start time:
25 July, 2018 at 13:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The aim of the panel is to address the problem of political entanglements both of technosciences and STS today by taking into account geographies of knowledge production, role of the Second World and presence/absence of political utopias (socialist, communist, others).

Long abstract:

The aim of the panel is to address the problem of political entanglements both of technosciences and STS today by taking into account geographies of knowledge production, role of the Second World and presence/absence of political utopias. We would like to focus on three broad, yet overlapping problem areas: 1. Geographic asymmetries of knowledge production and their functions (e.g. A. Prasad's complex paths of technoscientific innovations). 2. Spectral (dis)appearance of "the Second World" (e.g. L. Medina's example of syllabuses with theoretical texts coming from center and peripheral texts adding local adjustements). 3. Consequences for technosciences of the fall of socialism: 1. as vital social utopia; 2. as historical and political demise of the socialist block. Problems addressed in papers may include for example: - What travels where? What are the crucial translations in geographies of knowledge production? What and where are trading zones? - Suitcase science versus grey digital circulation (as semi-peripheral and peripheral forms) - Technoscience as politics made by other means within asymmetrical power relations - Technoscience of the Second World - or spectre of technoscience in (the spectre of) the Second World? - Ideologies and their residues as ontological objects; material infrastructures of ideologies - Ideologies in the context of geographies of knowledge - What has been lost with the spectre of communism: as hope (J. Bernal) and/or as threat (Soviet empire, cold war)? - What is political and geographical landscape of technoscience and STS today? - Is technoscience today an ally or an enemy of social justice and social solidarity?