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Reports and commentary from meetings, workshops, and seminars of interest to the STS community, with images and other media.

Hacia la consolidación de los estudios CTS en chile: II encuentro chileno de estudios sociales de la

Ronald Cancino & Helder Binimelis / 10 August, 2015

Social and Political Studies of Science, Technology and Society in Chile are in the process of steadily growing. At present, there are recognizable research groups in the country, nestled in prestigious universities, creating networks, emerging research centers in various subjects and spaces for meeting and debate. STS studies in Chile have been meeting over 2 large spaces: the Working Group "Sociology of Science and Technology" of the Chilean Congress of Sociology, and the meetings of the CTS-Chile Network. The latter comes after the First Meeting held at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile in early 2014. Both the CTS Chile Network as the annual meetings seek greater presence and visibility to a growing body of research in the field of STS in the country.

Ciencia, ciudadanía y experticia en la Evaluación de Impactos Ambientales

Gloria Baigorrotegui / 27 July, 2015

On Monday July 13 STS researchers sensitive to issues related to environmental activism came together to present some of the results of their research. This happened in a setting that gathered public policy officers and citizens in general. The seminar and symposium was entitled "Science, citizenship and expertise in Environmental Impact Assessment. A dialogue increasingly mure nurtured?. It was held in the hall Presidents ex- National Congress in Santiago de Chile.

Roundtable Report: Who Needs Visual Anthropology?

Rebeca Ibáñez Martín / 20 July, 2015

A productive debate would be one in which visual anthropology is discussed for its theoretical effects and potentialities. Otherwise, visual anthropology will get lost again in a "reality debate": Are we representing reality or not? Are we fair and accurate in representing the reality of the other? Such debate ends up in another even more complicated debate, that between us and them. The question of who is representing whom has been discussed in postcolonial studies of film for many decades and in sharp terms.


Claudia Aguirre / 16 July, 2015

Between may 24 and 29 this year, took place in Medellin, Colombia, the XIV Congress of the Network of Popularization of science in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedPOP). This network was created in 1990 in Rio de Janeiro to promote the field communication of science at that time made a timid appearance in Latin America. Claudia Aguirre shares a report back of the event.

Expandindo fronteiras: V Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia

Guilherme Sá / 29 June, 2015

post about the V Anthropology Meeting of Science and Technology in Brazil

Primer Coloquio Colombiano de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la tecnología

Yuri Jack Gómez-Morales / 18 May, 2015

The First National Workshop of Social Studies of Science was held on 7, 8 and 9 April in Bogotá, Colombia

Continuity and Change in the Social Science of Risk, Hazards, and Disasters

AJ Faas and Tess Kulstad / 04 May, 2015

The need for social science research and practice in risk, hazards and disasters is more pressing than ever before. The Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group believes that not only can social scientists contribute by helping untangle the human dimensions behind catastrophic disaster processes, but they can offer valuable insights on how to best assist communities in need. Our network of over 200 members is an excellent resource to share information, resources, and facilitate conversations among scholars, practitioners, and students.

Report on the 3rd CPERI Workshop, San Diego, March 2015

Kean Birch / 13 April, 2015

A report on the 3rd Changing Political Economic of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Workshop held at UC San Diego in March 2015, and organized by Charles Thorpe and Martha Lampland from the Science Studies Program there. Originally started by David Tyfield in 2012, the CPERI workshops are an attempt to reinvigorate or renew interest in the political economy of science, research and innovation.

Making Change Bogotá una reflexión desde Ártica Uruguay

Mariana Fossatti and Jorge Gemetto / 27 March, 2015

Two members of Ártica reflect on the meeting "Making Change" held in Bogotá, Colombia, in February 2015. The meeting was part of an international long-term research driven by Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, which seeks to question the hegemonic ways of understanding change by conducting intensive workshops where activists, academics and artists from different countries participate. In Bogotá the event was organized in collaboration with Karisma Foundation and the Javeriana University. The participants came from different disciplines and areas of activism: gender, rights and new technologies, free culture, open science, social economy, sustainable development, etc. They shared the experience in digital activism and the critical use of new media for the pursuit of social change, with a major emphasis on the perspective of art. (Spanish, with Inglés Summary)

Apropiación Social de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación para el desarrollo humano

Manuel Franco-Avellaneda / 09 March, 2015

The Social Appropriation of Science and Technology (ASCyT) is a concept that is understood in Colombia, and in several Latin American countries, as a deliberate and informed negotiation between different actors who have different understandings about a situation-problem in their environment, which has the characteristic of being crossed by scientific and technological aspects; eg geological hazards, mining, pollution of natural water sources, rescue of ancestral knowledge, among others.

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns - Copenhagen Business School, Dec. 11-12, 2014

Daniel Breslau / 24 February, 2015

As the boundaries between the economic and the political are redrawn, so are the disciplinary jurisdictions of those analyzing these new instititutions. For scholars of science and technology studies, the new phenomena and questions opened up by the new markets create an opportunity to extend our distinctive frameworks into new terrain. As science studies concepts have followed science and technology into the making of markets, they now follow markets into new domains of social policy and state intervention.

“Emotional Bodies. A Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions” Geneva, 20-22 October

Beatriz Pichel / 09 January, 2015

The history of emotions has become a bourgeoning field in recent decades. A growing number of publications, conferences and institutions have focused on how emotions have been conceived and experienced in the past, and ways of studying this history of the subjective and the self. “Emotional Bodies: a Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions” (20th-22nd October, 2014) aimed to contribute to this debate by focusing on how emotions understood as cultural practices have the affective power of creating emotional bodies.
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