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Society for Social Studies of Science

4S Council Election, 2018

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4S Council Nominees (Term of office 2018 - 2020)

The 4S membership recently approved a change to the 4S Charter, which over a three year period will transition the 4S Council size from nine to twelve members. This year we will move from nine to ten members. Consequently, please vote for 4 new members to replace three outgoing members.

Lesley Green

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the founding director of Environmental Humanities South (EHS), a research and graduate teaching initiative at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. My research and teaching explores the challenges of decoloniality in tandem with the critique of modernist thought for the sciences and social sciences, and the work of rethinking environmentalisms in the south in a time of climate change.  I've recently completed a book manuscript Rock | Water | Life: Science, Environmentalism and Decoloniality in the South African Anthropocene that offers case-studies of the legacy of authoritarian sciences in South Africa, and an account of emerging possibilities for integrative sciences that are capable of engaging post-colonial and decolonial scholarship in a time of climate disorder. Chapters offer studies of environmental science and humanities that span fracking; soils; the militarisation of conservation; oceans and fisheries, and water, with a particular interest in the ways in which evidence traverses different institutions – and may be lost between them. At UCT, I teach graduate courses on "Science, Nature, Democracy" and "Researching the Anthropocene".  In 2018 I will take up a Fulbright as a visiting fellow of the Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz. Previous publications include Contested Ecologies: Dialogues in the South on Nature and Knowledge (HSRC Press, 2013) and Knowing the Day, Knowing the World: Engaging Amerindian Thought in Public Archaeology (Arizona University Press, 2013). If elected to the 4S Council, I would like to work towards strengthening the professional presence of science studies in situations where evidentiaries required in democratic processes – whether regional or global -- become subject to manipulation, secrecy or destruction. In line with this, I would aim to expand the participation of southern, postcolonial and decolonial scholars in 4S.

Chihyung Jeon

Chihyung Jeon is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. He did his PhD in STS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010) and then spent one year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin as a postdoctoral fellow before joining KAIST. In 2016-17, he was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. Currently he is serving as a contributing editor for Technology and Culture and as an editorial board member for East Asian Science, Technology and Society. He is also a secretary for research at the Korean Association of Science and Technology Studies. Jeon has been writing about the human-machine relationship in aviation and anthropometry as well as the entanglement of engineering, environment, disaster, and politics in South Korea. Recently he is doing research on the emerging cultures of robotics and artificial intelligence in Korea with a focus on “emotion-sensing digital companions.” If elected to the Council, he would like to contribute to the efforts by 4S to reach out to the broader STS community in East Asia and to create more opportunities for connections and collaborations.

Noela Invernizzi

Noela Invernizzi is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Parana, in Curitiba, Brazil, where she teaches Science, Technology and Society and Education and Labor. She studied Anthropology, in Uruguay, where she was born, and moved to Brazil to carry out her master and doctoral training in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Campinas. Her doctoral research focused on the implications of industrial innovation for workers’ skills and employment conditions. This work was the base for the book Flexibles y Disciplinados. Los trabajadores brasileños frente a la reestructuración productiva (Flexible and Disciplined. Brazilian Workers after Industrial Restructuring (Porrúa, Mexico, 2004). In addition to her interest on labor and technology, over the last decade she has focused on the inclusion of nanotechnology in the scientific agenda of Latin American countries, analyzing the particular conditions, contradictions and outcomes resulting from the insertion of an emerging technology in developing countries. She has published five edited volumes (with Guillermo Foladori and Edgar Zayago), as well as several book chapters and articles in different scientific journals on these subjects. She is currently co-coordinator of the Latin American Nanotechnology and Society Network (ReLANS, www.relans.org). She serves as an advisor on nanotechnology policy at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. She has been a member of the Directive Committee of the Latin American Association for the Social Studies of Science and Technology (ESOCITE), and a Board Member of the ESOCITE’s Brazilian section and the Society for the Studies of New and Emerging Technologies (SNET). She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), at Columbia University (now at Arizona State University) (2002-2003), a professor at Zacatecas Autonomous University, Mexico (2003-2005), a visitor at CSPO-ASU in Washington DC (2009), and a fellow at the Science, Technology and Innovation Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2010-2011). If elected to the 4S Council, she wants to enhance the Society’s internationalization efforts, promoting a more active contribution of Latin American (as well as other developing regions) scholars to enrich science, technology and society theory and practice.

Aalok Khandekar

In Summer 2017, I will join Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (India) as Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology. I have obtained a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, USA, 2010), and since held academic appointments at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and RPI. My research thus far has two key dimensions: understanding (1) transnational flows of technical experts under contemporary configurations of a globalized “knowledge economy,” and (2) how collaborative capacity among different kinds of techno-scientific experts aimed at addressing entwined global challenges of development and environmental sustainability is being cultivated in different cultural and national contexts. Key exemplars of my scholarship include: my work on the Maastricht University-based project, Nanotechnologies for Development in India, Kenya, and the Netherlands: Towards a Framework for Democratic Governance of Risks in Developing Countries, my efforts to bring together an STS research community in India, a collaborative essay entitled STS for Development in the most recent edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, and present efforts in coordinating collaborative research focused on air quality governance in four metropolitan Indian cities in an attempt to understand how techno-scientific cultures, practices, and infrastructure shape governance processes and outcomes in different historical and cultural settings. If elected to the 4S council, I would be particularly eager to contribute to the society’s efforts aimed at greater internationalization and more intensive forms of collaboration. As a 4S council member, I would work to support and connect STS programs and networks in different places around the world, helping leverage the diversity of thought and perspective that such plurality affords. 4S has launched several important initiatives to support diverse participation, including most notably, the call for pluralizing language from the 2017 Boston meetings onward. I can imagine further deepening such efforts through an array of mechanisms including, for example, facilitating the growth of and developing stronger partnerships with regional STS networks, extending linguistic pluralization to 4S journals so as to cultivate new and innovative forms of scholarship, and establishing travel grants and mentorship programs to encourage regional exchanges within STS communities. I would also work to support more intensive collaboration between STS scholars in different settings, and between STS scholars and practitioners in diverse arenas. I am confident that this would refresh STS intellectually, while putting STS knowledge and methods to valuable practical use.

Roopali Phadke

Roopali Phadke is Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. Her research and teaching focus on the inextricable linkages between climate, water and energy policy and politics. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2003. Prior to joining the Macalester faculty, Roopali served as a NSF postdoctoral fellow in the STS Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Over the last twenty years, her work has focused on the politics of public deliberation and engagement in technology design. On issues ranging from hydropower to wind energy, she has examined how participatory design and deliberation techniques produce locally relevant meanings that root artifacts, like dams and wind turbines, to a sense of place. As such, her scholarship has aimed to creatively engage the fields of STS and geography. She is currently the PI on a NSF-sponsored study called Mining Futures, focusing on the rare earth metals necessary for the post-carbon global economy. She also recently completed a four year federally funded project on diversity and deliberation in urban climate adaptation. In 2015-16, she was one of the co-organizers of the U.S WorldWide Views on Climate and Energy project, sponsored by the Danish Board of Technology to provide citizen input to the Paris COP21 Summit. Her work appears in journals including Science, Technology & Human ValuesScience as CultureAntipodeEnvironmental Politics, and Climate Risk. Roopali has served as a Senior Panelist for the STS Program at NSF. She serves on the editorial board for the 4S open access journal Engaging STS.  She is also one of the co-organizers of the STS Underground network. If elected to the 4S Council, she hopes to continue developing mentoring opportunities for students and junior faculty. She also hopes to continue building bridges to scholars in geography. Finally, she hopes to promote STS as an important field of study for those at undergraduate institutions, and specifically within the liberal arts. 

Li-Wen Shih

I am Assistant Professor of Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine at Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. I completed a PhD with Celia Roberts and John Law in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University in 2013. Drawing on feminist technoscience and actor-network theory, my research centers on women’s reproductive health, and explores the fluidity of bodies, health, reproduction and technologies. My work on genetic diagnosis and women’s reproductive choices has been published in journals and book chapters, and I am currently drafting a book on the fluid and global nature of prenatal screening and testing (PST) in the ‘latecomer’ country of Taiwan. I was a visiting scholar in the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Copenhagen University in 2014 and 2015, and am currently conducting a comparative study in women’s experience of childbirth in Denmark and Taiwan as part of a larger project which seeks to refigure the logic of women’s choices in maternity care. Teaching forms a large part of my STS work. I teach Science, Technology and Society (STS), Science, Technology and Medicine (STM), Sex, Gender and Health, and Genetic Technology and Social Change to both postgraduate and undergraduate students. This teaching is interdisciplinary since much of it is to medical and medicine-related students. As one of the founding members of the Birth Reform Alliance in Taiwan, I am both working to explore and question modern maternity care, and am actively engaged in promoting women’s reproductive rights. I have been involved in organising international conferences and workshops, and in Lancaster I was active in the PhD community and was a PhD student representative. I thus have not only an academic understanding of STS but also experience of people, institutions and processes across the STS community. If I am elected to the 4S council, I will seek to strengthen feminist technoscience studies, its application to Asian contexts, and its interdisciplinary links with clinical practice especially in Asia. I will also work to strengthen collaboration across borders by fostering links between East Asian STS and other parts of the global STS community.

Teun Zuiderent-Jerak

I am an STS scholar working at Tema T - Technology and Social Change of Linköping University, Sweden and direct its doctoral studies program. Prior to this, I was Associate Professor of STS at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and coordinator of the Netherlands Graduate Research School in Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). I work broadly in social studies of health care and medicine, and currently study relationships between evidence appraisal and human rights (especially care standards for transgender communities in Latin America and Europe). I have a specific interest in scholarship that studies practices by intervening in them (Situated Intervention MIT Press 2015) and co-chair a working group within the international association for guideline developers on Appraising and Including Different Knowledge (AID Knowledge); an initiative to open up medical guideline development practices to a wider range of knowledges. I serve on the STS Making and Doing committee that organized/organizes the M&D program for the Denver and Boston meetings. When elected for Council, I hope to provide continuity to STS Making and Doing initiatives, and support that program’s focus on STS scholarship that equally draws on reflexive learning as on engagement (STS Handbook, Chapter 8). This seems particularly important at a time when polarized politics may generate centrifugal powers between the reflexive and engaged strands within STS. Second, I’d want to strengthen the broad international orientation of the 4S and cultivate its global commitments. Third, I’d like to help provide teaching resources to graduate students getting their education in non-STS academic environments – an initiative I’m thinking of under the provisional heading of ‘training nomads’. For more details on my work and background, please see: http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-t/medarbetare/zuiderent-jerak-teun?l=en

Nominees for 6S Representative

Voting for 6S Representative is open only to students.

Aadita Chaudhury

Statement of Interest

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the intersections between science, technology, culture and society. After spending some time in the worlds of engineering, environmental policy and environmental cultural studies, I started the PhD program in science and technology studies at York University because I wanted to be part of a discipline that is on the forefront of theoretical and practical discussions around the nature of knowledge, technologies and epistemologies in the 21st century. I hoped to participate in a pioneering community of people who were redefining not only how we consider knowledge but also revolutionizing the ways in which we can live embodied lives as sociopolitical and cultural beings within and outside academia. As I learn more about STS, I realize how potent it is as both an academic discipline and a system by which to understand the world. Indeed, I think what is unique about STS as an academic field is that anyone, regardless of academic background, can contribute to it in meaningful ways. I see myself as someone who can bridge the divide between the sciences, social theory and political culture, and as I progress in my STS studies I hope to write more about science studies for a popular audience and curate podcasts with the similar themes, and make STS a discipline for everyone. For this reason, I hope to become a 6S representative, to learn about the ways STS is presently communicated to the world, and mobilize efforts to create a strong interdisciplinary network with values of academic rigor, integrity and care for and with the subjects of our research.

As a speaker in the March for Science in Toronto on April 22, 2017, I realized the extent to which the current public understanding of science is void of much consideration to cultural, economic and political factors, and the nature in which power is inextricably associated with knowledge production and the identities of knowledge producers themselves. While in the last 40 years or so, STS has remained somewhat of a niche discipline within the North American academic context, I believe it is our responsibility to make ourselves more present and relevant in contemporary sociopolitical climates. If I am chosen to be a 6S representative, I will use not simply my varied educational and occupational background, but also values of justice, fairness and transparency to address the interests of the people I will represent. Moreover, I will seek to implement “citizen STS” projects such that anyone can be part of the world-making initiatives that is a core STS value and praxis. In summary, on account of the combination of my professional experience and vision, and creative outlook for the future of STS, I feel I would make an apt candidate for the 6S Representative Council.

Bio

I am a PhD student at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University and a Graduate Associate at the York Centre for Asian Research. My previous affiliations include York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies, United Nations Environment Programme , and University of Toronto's Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry . My research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities. I have a background in chemical engineering and environmental cultural studies and have conducted research on the significance of patient narratives in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. I have worked in mining consulting for projects in Saskatchewan, Panama and Turkey and interned at the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France. I served as a science writer and editor for Technology and Engineering of the Canadian science communication platform Science Borealis. My core research interests for my PhD project is the politics and sociology of forensic-evidence gathering in post-conflict contexts. I have always been really interested in criminal forensics and its legal implications, and the historiography of mass human casualty. My first exposure to the nexus of these two interests came when I was twenty, while visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields just in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While my professional trajectory at the time took me away from this almost immediately, I revisited these interests personally whenever I had the time. I am especially interested in the use of affect and affective interpretations in the gathering and presentation of forensic evidence and the ways and means by which it impacts mourning, closure and justice within and beyond legal contexts. Beyond academia, I am very interested in STS outreach. I believe everything going on the world today can have an STS angle, and would like to one day create a magazine that does STS-based “hot takes” on contemporary affairs, movies, music, politics and culture at large.

Derek T. Parrott

Statement of Intent

The past three years of grad school have made me increasingly aware of the importance of a well-established and engaged peer community: such a community provides academic, professional, and emotional support and resources to students and so much of that comes just from the comradery of this shared (and stressful) experience. Drexel’s relatively young master's program offered fantastic resources to its students, but the short duration of the program—and associated quick turnover of students—forced students to think explicitly about how to build, maintain, and expand our community and it encouraged us to build stronger ties to extra-institutional communities, like conferences or professional organizations—it foregrounded the value of the formal resources that Drexel provided as well as the informal learning we did from each other outside of the seminar room.

Now, as a first-year in Cornell’s STS program, I feel privileged to have more formal and established community resources. In this longer and more established program, I'm now in a position that requires less active work to maintain these peer support structures, and I’m excited by the opportunity to further strengthen these networks on a larger scale and better supplement the formal education and professionalization our degree programs provide. As a 6S representative, I would aim to increase the transparency of the 6S leadership so that it was more directly representative of its incredibly diverse and dispersed student constituency, strengthening the connection between the two. I would also work to expand the scope of 6S to try to solidify an inter-institutional community network year-round, not just at the annual meetings—which would, hopefully, help the leadership better represent the general body. Finally, I would work to improve communication between the various smaller scale, grad student-run endeavors—conferences like STGlobal or NESTS, or student-oriented blogs—to build these networks and pool experience and resources.

Bio

I am a first year PhD student at Cornell University's Science and Technology Studies program. I earned his MS in Science, Technology, and Society from Drexel University in 2016 and my BA in Physics from Vassar College in 2014. My master's thesis applied my undergraduate physics experience, expanding it into the realm of STS, by asking what discursive and rhetorical strategies advocates of nuclear fusion energy use to justify public spending on their research. I examined the United States' inconsistent involvement with the ITER, a large scale collaboration to try to attain fusion energy and study related engineering problems. I have a long history of active participation and leadership in my intellectual and professional communities. In undergrad, I was elected president of the Physics and Astronomy Major's Committee, where I organized social events and grad school application preparation workshops. During my time at Drexel, I served as Vice-President of our student organization, which held monthly informal discussions on topics relevant to our coursework and research as well as informal writing and professional development workshops to help supplement the formal education provided by the degree program. In 2015, I served as Co-Logistics Director for STGlobal, an international, graduate student-run conference for research relevant to STS and science policy. I returned in 2016 as one of two Co-Chairs, organizing the board of directors, coordinating with partner schools, our hosting organizations (the NAS and AAAS), and prominent guest speakers from the STS community.

Hined A. Rafeh

Statement of Interest

I see the overarching mission of both 4S and 6S to be making itself more visible and networked, both politically and professionally, and student representation is vital to that mission. Given the interdisciplinary and increasingly global nature of our field, connections--formal and otherwise--are of the utmost importance. To make these connections we must also build representation both within and out of the field of STS.

By representation within STS, I mean to establish an active line of communication to each university that has an STS department. This plan starts with recruiting at least 2 students and 1 faculty member, all of whom would be responsible for communicated regularly about research, events, and other developments occurring at their school. Once established, this collective would be the source for many potential projects and committees, such as a newsletter, online workshops, and regional events. Management of this network would be the main responsibility of the 6S representatives, working with both students and faculty.

Representation outside of 4S would be creating, or reinforcing, a presence at other professional societies and organizations such as AAAS, NSF, and SHOT. This would strengthen the graduate experience and aid career goals by connecting to potential peers and research opportunities. My own contribution would be bringing in management tools and my own organization experience that I’ve gained as a national director for a non-profit organization that had over 20 chapters in North America and more than 2,500 members. Also, my own network of STS colleagues from various universities lend me a strong backing to support and promote collective plans for building the 4S and 6S community. Following the lead of 4S President-elect Kim Fortun, I hope for 6S to be inclusive of our global community, fostering collaboration between graduate programs, and this begins with strengthening our communication and operation as a society.

Bio

Hined A. Rafeh is a Rensselaer Graduate Fellow in the Science and Technology Studies doctoral program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her Masters of Science in Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University, where she worked on research concerning public understanding and engagement with technologies and science, particularly within health and medical fields. She is active in the STS graduate student community and serves on the graduate student council at RPI. Her current research interests include identity and labor politics and contemporary forms of participatory science. She is also passionate about communicating science with the public and investigating interdisciplinary approaches in STS.