Digital mediation and re-mediation: What prospects for a future STS?

Noortje Marres (University of Warwick)
Anders Kristian Munk (University of Aalborg)
Tommaso Venturini (École Normale Supérieure Lyon)
C. Humanisticum AB 3.16
Start time:
17 September, 2014 at 10:30
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During the past decade digital mediation has emerged both as a topic and a resource in STS research. On the one hand digital media have been subjected to the same kind of critical scrutiny that other technological practices have been before them, on the other they have given rise to entirely new ways of doing research within our field. This track welcomes contributions that deploy STS methods and sensibilities in the study of digital science in society; that search for ways to render the reflexive capacities of STS productive for the empirical analysis of digital social phenomena; and that find in STS a direct inspiration for methods development in social and cultural inquiry by digital means. Digital mediation is the core challenge connecting these different endeavours, as it affects at once our objects of study, our methods, and the relations between researchers and researched. This track invites papers engaging this overarching concern while addressing specific aspects of digital mediation from an STS perspective, for example: How could we digitalise existing research practices and how might we derive from digital mediation support for new research practices? What consequences could this have for our collaborations with other disciplines and practices and our interventions in other areas of study? How can we profit from a critical, STS-informed understanding of digital mediation when developing this new catalogue of digital methods? Finally, this track especially welcomes contributions that examine methodological approaches in digital research that are distinctively '"STS": such as controversy analysis and laboratory studies. What does digital mediation and re-mediation mean for the analytic capacities, transformative potential, and societal relevance of these methods? The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-4-3-2 between sessions