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Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting
October 6, 2021 - October 9, 2021
4S 2021 invites reflections on the practices of relations making at every scale. Although the relations that help constitute us are not always “good,” they are relations nonetheless. We might consider, for example, practices of consent in our own research, protocols of a lab, the ways we assemble in a conference, or our responsibilities for addressing structural violence. We invite scholarship that critically addresses the methods and practices that maintain oppressions within technoscience, especially as our universities increasingly become neoliberal places of “production.” How do we, in our university work, care for our societies under neoliberal rules? As academic work increasingly becomes digital, what methods are being invented, what racist practices reproduced, what possibilities opened? To be in good relations means confronting the challenges of colonialism, racism, and inequality, but it also highlights the generative and relational work of Indigenous, Black, feminist, and queer scholarship. Practices and methods are at stake in the transnational circulations of knowledge, violence, and solidarities.