B05
Crafting attachments, making worlds

Convenors:
Else Vogel (Linköping University)
Justine Laurent (University of Amsterdam)
Annelieke Driessen (London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Discussant:
Marianne de Laet (Harvey Mudd College)
Format:
Location:
Bowland North Seminar Room 23
Start time:
25 July, 2018 at 13:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to explore values, tastes and passions as among "those things that hold us together" (Hennion, 2007). It gathers empirical studies of practices and 'dispositifs' through which attachments to diverse 'goods' are crafted, including researchers' attachments to their fields of study.

Long abstract:

This panel gathers empirical studies of the practices through which people express and develop attachments to diverse 'goods'. Over the last few years, STS research has taken up affectivity as both an object of inquiry and a scholarly concern. As a result, the analytical focus on normativity expanded beyond the norms through which we are ordered simultaneously as individuals and as part of a collective: 'those things that hold us together' (Hennion, 2007) include how we organize around what we deem 'good', what we value or are inspired by, and the way our passions move us. The sociology of attachment has been particularly attentive to the generative role of socio-material conditions and constraints in creating sensitive worlds, bodies and subjects. Through situated case studies, this panel seeks to interrogate: the collective orchestration of (dis)attachments, including the role of knowledge, professionals, objects and environments (e.g. who/what is involved and what occurs); learning to be affected as a craft or skill shaped and learned over time; the normativities embedded in various 'dispositifs', particularly in cases of manipulation or discipline or when different, clashing goods are at play. Lastly, submissions may reflect on how STS researchers craft attachments to their fields of study.