Monthly Archives: September 2017

STS, Critical Design, and the Critical Digital Humanities

— James W. Malazita — Since the turn of the century, the humanities and social sciences have seen a surge in the inflection of computational and technological methods throughout our research practices. 4S’s “Making and Doing” sessions, alongside research initiatives like Carl DiSalvo’s “adversarial design” and Phoebe Senger’s “culturally embedded computing,” are among the more … Continue reading STS, Critical Design, and the Critical Digital Humanities

Structural Inequalities and Technoscience

— Nathalia Hernández Vidal and Kelly Moore — Social and material life has enduring, but not utterly obdurate, qualities that mean that the benefits and harms of technoscience are unevenly distributed, as are the options for redirecting them. These qualities include capacities to participate in and be recognized for technoscientific contributions, physical and cultural harms and … Continue reading Structural Inequalities and Technoscience

Crip Technoscience

— Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch — Crip technoscience is a new field of research emerging from the intersections of feminist technoscience studies and critical disability studies. This field challenges the presumption that valuable scientific knowing and technological change proceed from neutral, non-disabled bodyminds (Hamraie, 2015, Kafer, 2013, Murphy, 2012). While STS scholars have engaged with technoscience … Continue reading Crip Technoscience

Smart yet (in)Sensible? Feminist Critical Perspectives on Smart Cities

— Nassim JafariNaimi, Kathi R. Kitner and Beth Coleman — Amid the hype about ‘smart cities,’ what do feminist perspectives have to offer? On September 2, 2017, as part of the annual 4S conference held in Boston, we organized two sessions on smart cities titled “Smart yet (in)Sensible? Feminist Critical Perspectives on Smart Cities.” The title referenced this … Continue reading Smart yet (in)Sensible? Feminist Critical Perspectives on Smart Cities

STS Across Borders: From 4S Boston 2017 towards 4S Sydney 2018

— Hined Rafeh, Kim Fortun — One of the events that kicked off the 4S Boston conference was STS Across Borders, an informal meeting held by incoming 4S President Kim Fortun to provide a space for scholars from different regions and networks to meet, discuss their different histories, and think about ways 4S can effectively … Continue reading STS Across Borders: From 4S Boston 2017 towards 4S Sydney 2018