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Taking STS Underground

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Aant Elzinga
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Förlag Online, Dept of Sociology and Social Work, University of Gothenburg
Förlagsort Gothenburg
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori
Språk en
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Ämnesord Science and technology studies, traditional knowledge, new trends in STS, indigenous studies, modernization, Sami, aboriginal studies, First Nation Peoples, controversy studies, politics of memory
Ämneskategorier Vetenskapsteori

Sammanfattning

The talk was given at a banquet held within an old World War II air-raid shelter inside a mountain situated centrally in Gothenburg. The title "Taking STS underground" links up with a theme introduced at the 4S conference 2015 in Denver, Colorado, where a panel presented a rationale for the emerging field of subterranean technoscience and its politics, micro- and -macro. In Gothenburg we now went literally underground. It was first noted how the use of the bunker in which we held the banquet shifted over time in tandem with geopolitical changes related to the Cold War and thereafter with privatized globalization in the present era - from a military space, to a space used by a major industrial corporation to hide strategic products during the Cold War, to its current use for sports (skateboarding) and entertainment (events center). Thereafter was presented a brief overview of the early development of science and technology studies (STS) in a number of academic settings in Sweden. Reference is made to both extramural contextual factors (including national politics, the welfare state, and the Cold War era) and the dynamics in relevant disciplinary fields, nationally and internationally. Personal recollections of the speaker focused on several interesting episodes in the historical emergence and early development of STS and related institutional capacity building in Sweden. Particular mention is made of our university's hosting of the joint Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)/European Society for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) conference in 1992 and the significance of this event. Recalling keynote talks that year by Everett Mendelsohn and Vandana Shiva it is emphasized how in its emergence as a multi-, intern- and transdisciplinary field STS had its roots both in intellectual trends in academe and a movement for the social responsibility of science. In line with this dual legacy - it is sugested we should nowadays meet challenges for multifaceted interloping between indigenous, postcolonial and settler studies, as well as STS. In the case of the Nordic countries there exists a definite deficit of interplay between STS and studies relating to traditional knowledge and technologies of the Sami people in the context of their longstanding struggles for greater autonomy. There is no reason why geographers, historians, linguists, ethnologists, theologists, advocates of critical heritage studies and political scientists in the Nordic countries should be left intellectually undisturbed by STS-ers. This also goes for natural scientists concerned with what is now called Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

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