STS projects that resulted in effective informational or material infrastructures for the construction, operation, and travel of STS as field or discipline. Such might include the building of degree programs, modes of print and electronic publication, professional organizations, summer schools, institutes, scholarly collectives, and the 4S annual meeting itself. The presentation should move beyond promotion to include reflective analysis.
Matthew BattlesTrial Balloon is built to transit contesting, patchy, interwoven territories, aerial vistas and earthly visages. It enables us to view surfaces of the earth not from above, but from below—not as a disinterested observer gazing down from the Archimedean Point of aerial transcendence, but as an ant or an Atlas caught beneath the glittering, elemental enormities of a planetarity we've only begun to grasp.
Andrew ClementPublicly exhibiting the formerly secret documents that reveal evidence of illegal and unconstitutional behaviour by state agencies represents an act of solidarity (albeit a modest one) with Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers who at considerable personal cost have made significant contributions to our knowledge of important threats to democratic rights. It is also constructively asserts academic freedoms that all independent scholarship ultimately depends on at a time when these are under evidently growing threat.
Anna K YoungThis is exhibit will host an array of modern health technologies which feature a spectrum of access and disparities scores ranging from highly blackboxes devices, analog transparent designs, and health technology construction sets built for open ended reproducibility and community design. These are part of an ongoing approach to democratize medical fabrication that is highlighting policy implications for regulatory strategy, intellectual property, medical education and patient ethics.
Jane LehrCal Poly STS students actively read and critique STS peer-reviewed scholarship, participate in existing STS communities, and constitute new STS communities. Undergraduate STSers at Cal Poly also produce original STS knowledge that engages with and potentially transforms the sensibilities of the field. However, although central to both the future of STS, and to, we believe, the future of the world, undergraduates who identify as STSers are typically absent as both attendees and as subjects of attention at 4S Annual Meetings.
Michelle MurphyThe Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is a grassroots network of nearly 90 composed of STS researchers, social and information scientists, natural and physical scientists, lawyers, and coders, as well as non-profit partners that formed in response to the Trump administration's hostile stances to existing federal environmental and energy policy, evidence and research, as well as to the scientific research infrastructure built to investigate, inform, and enforce environmental and climate regulations.
Dawn NafusData Sense is a software prototype that emerged from the Biosensors in Everyday Life program—a collaboration between four universities and Intel that examined the proliferation of technologies that sense bodies and their environments. I have also begun using it as an methodological tool for conducting ethnography. In my ongoing research on self-tracking, I invite participants to explore their data with me using Data Sense. Data Sense provides them opportunities to reflect on their data in a new way, which in turn gives me the opportunity to understand their thought processes and webs of significance more deeply.
Dean NieusmaWe will attempt the answer the question, “What does it mean to do STS (in an interdisciplinary design context)?” in a way that extends beyond undergraduate education per se and engages other disciplinary problem-solving approaches on their own terms and in their full richness. We will also share some of the challenges faced by the program in terms of managing disciplinary content and participant identity in a design program embedded wholly within an STS Department.
Martin Andrés Perez ComissoBetween 2013 and 2017 at the University of Chile, we have been creating a set of teaching experiences, based on active learning about social studies of technology. In this context, we have created five teaching experiences for different audiences. These fans integrate diverse skills and today are a consistent offer for high-school students, university students, teacher improvement and the general public, where it allows to be introduced to the concepts of technology and society Developed in the last 50 years since STS.
Nick ShapiroIn this presentation, I document four different environmental making and doing projects that I am working on across four different temporalities or scales. The point of presenting them all collectively is to note the interdependence of short-term stopgap interventions and long-term utopic projects for detoxifying the atmosphere.
Alac: STS Olfactorium
Cardoso Llach: Tracing Design Ecologies
Clement: Snowden Surveillance Archive
Erickson-Davis: What it is to see: a simulation of artificial vision
Gluzman: Feminist Theory Theater
Lippman: Making Sensible in 360°
Mohsin: QEERI’s Science Majlis
Nafus: Data Sense
Ostrowski: The Empirical Printing Program