STS: the next 20: conversations within and beyond the field
There were many issues raised but it seems that on this day of the conference, the conversation was what STS should theoretically embrace in the future. Saturday, April 10, this conference focussed on jobs and what can people do with an STS degree. Sadly I wasn’t there for that.
Right at the start of Friday, there was an interesting speaker who addressed postcolonial science studies, Kaushik Sunder Ramon. He described that technologies have colonial histories and talked about the concept of epistemic coproduction. (rather than just the”giving” of colonial knowledge)
Fellow panelist Javier Lezaun talked about translations, saying “there is no translation without a degree of betrayal” which I found intriguing.
In the second session Sherine Hamdy spoke about religion and science specifically Muslim and Egyption responses to the concept of donating organs.
Nelly Oudshoorn brought up the importance of having students from multiple disciplines who may not write articles but will take ideas into the fields they work.
I feel strongly
this is really only a snippet of the scope of the conference but I imagine that the work on postcolonial STS will continue to influence us at Astrodime.