STS and Democracy

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Together with co-organizers Irina Papazu (CBS) and Anne-Kathrine Pihl Vadgaard (ITU), member of the Techno-Anthropology Research Group Andreas Birkbak is hosting an international workshop on "STS and Democracy" from 23-24 November 2017 at Aalborg University Copenhagen.

The workshop comprises 17 participants from 7 different European countries, including keynote presentations by Kristin Asdal (University of Oslo) and Andrew Barry (University College, London).

The aim of the workshop is to discuss and further develop chapter drafts for a future anthology on the topic of STS and Democracy, as laid out in the original call for participants:

"Politics has been conceptualized in incredibly broad terms in STS (Brown 2015). At the same time, the more specific question of democratic politics has often been left under-explored, allowing notions such as public participation to be imported as “off the shelf” ideals in STS (Marres 2012:ix). In this workshop, we ask what it would mean to work with democracy not as an implicit repository of ideals, but as an explicit object of study in STS. We ask how democratic politics can be understood and studied based on the practice-oriented empirical commitments and conceptual repertoires of STS. Such an effort might require a redescription of democratic political institutions and concepts, paying close attention to the situated practices and entanglements that their operations require. Despite a number of notable contributions in recent years, we believe that the vast majority of the work on what STS has to offer democracy is yet to be done.”

Participation in the workshop is now closed, but there will be a second call for full chapters for the anthology project in 2018.

The workshop is sponsored by The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (The Annual EASST Fund); Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University; Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School.
Period23 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational