T074


Cosmopolitical Research and STS
Convenor:
Michael Schillmeier (University of Exeter)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
120
Sessions:
Saturday 3 September, 9:00-10:45 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This track contributes to a cosmopolitical research agenda in STS that draws attention to the questionability of the normal in social relations and how social normalcy is disrupted, questioned and altered by unforeseeable events, unexpected practices and uncommon actors and actor-coalitions.

Long abstract:

This track contributes to a cosmopolitical research agenda in STS that draws attention to the questionability of the normal in social relations and how social normalcy is disrupted, questioned and altered by unforeseeable events, unexpected practices and uncommon actors and actor-coalitions. The track will focus on empirical and conceptual work that address how STS can contribute to novel understandings and engagement with the non-normal, the un-common and unexpected which challenge and put at risk the conduct of everyday life practices and institutionalized orderings. Central questions include:

• How can STS contribute to caring practices for which no common solutions are available?

• Which role do the non-human, artifacts, design, technologies gain in cosmopolitical research?

• How can we imagine new coalitions between researcher and researched?

• How can a cosmopolitical perspective contribute to 'slow science'?

• How can a cosmopolitical perspective disrupt the premises of human exceptionalism in STS?

• How can we think of cosmopolitical research as a mode of political engagement and experimentation, resistance and disruption of 'social normalcy'?

• What are the novel spaces of cosmopolitics and how do they become visible?

Possible areas of investigation include

• Disability Studies

• Health and Illness

• Environmental Studies

• Art and Design

• Urban Studies

• Disaster Studies

• Risk Studies

• Issue/Publics Studies

• Speculative Philosophy in STS

• etc.