4S 2017 - STS, Critical Design, and the Critical Digital Humanities

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Call for Papers
August 30, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Digital Humanities, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Panel Sessions: STS, Critical Design, and the Critical Digital Humanities

Society for Social Studies of Science 2017, Boston, MA

Organized by: James Malazita, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This track aims to bring together scholars working at the intersections of Science and Technology Studies, politically-engaged Design and Making work (including Speculative and Critical Design & Making), and the Critical Digital Humanities, in order to share perspectives on the methods, challenges, and stakes of “doing” STS and the humanities in material and digital form. This track is envisioned as a critical complement to the “Making and Doing” event—while the Making and Doing event affords the ability for STS scholars to showcase their design work, this track affords space for critically reflecting upon the spaces, ideologies, mediations, and politics embedded within and enacted through the intersections of STS scholarship and materially-engaged design work. Possible paper topics include critical analyses of current and previous STS-engaged design and digital projects (including the presenter’s own); reflections on the institutional, infrastructural, and ideological constraints of doing alternative and materially-engaged scholarship; issues of the power and position of scholars designing and making in academic and non/tangentially-academic spaces; potentials and risks of doing interpretive and critical scholarship via technologically-mediated design work; and future directions for STS and humanities design. We are particularly interested in critical perspectives on design from feminist, postcolonial, and queer standpoints, and on design and DH projects, spaces, and methods that specifically address questions of power, oppression, access, ontology, and materiality. We also extend invitations to “making and doing” scholars engaged in STS-related work in intersecting fields, including Media Studies, Literature & Science, and Design.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 1, 2017.

Submission information can be found at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting, Panel #77. You may email James Malazita, the organizer of this panel session, at malazj@rpi.edu with questions. Please note that The Society for Social Studies of Science has final say over acceptances and panel organization. 

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James Malazita, Lecturer of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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