Estudiosdelaeconomia en 4S/EASST- Copenhagen

No sólo en ISA, pero también en Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S, and Held jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology EASST) hay sesiones organizadas por contribuidores de este blog. Ignacio Farías co-organiza “Studio Studies: Ethnographies of Creative Production” yUrban Assemblages and Cosmopolitics” y Manuel Tironi “Disasters: Redesigning Collective Orders“. El nombre de la conferencia es “Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology” y se llevará a cabo del 17 al 20 de Octubre 2012, en, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark. El deadline para los abstracts es Marzo 11. Más información sobre los respectivos CFP abajo.

Studio Studies: Ethnographies of Creative Production – Open Panel 

Organizers: Alex Wilkie and Ignacio Farias

Given the importance placed on ‘creativity’, ‘creative economy’ and ‘creative industry’ in both national and international policy contexts, it is surprising that understanding of creativity-in-action remains largely underdeveloped. What is more surprising is that creativity is commonly associated with (unobservable) cognitive activity that can only be stimulated by the environment, which has led many scholars to see social networks and/or urban environments as the main sources for creativity. What gets lost here are the concrete practices through which the ‘new’ comes into being in different disciplines and in different economic sectors. In foregrounding the view of creativity as a local process distributed amongst heterogeneous actors this panel seeks to explore and compare accounts of sites of creative practice. Our insight is that thestudio is a defining feature of creative production. Thus, building on workplace and laboratory studies this panel aims to draw together emerging ethnographic work on creative practice and in doing so define and investigate a lacuna in the STS imagination. To address the studio, as a key site of creative production, we welcome presentations based on in-depth case studiesthat focus on key ‘creative industries’, including the arts, crafts and cultural and creative industries. Accordingly, this panel invites comparison of different creative models and practices, thereby acknowledging the diversity of in-situ creative practice as well as providing a survey of different creative disciplines.

A not exhaustive list of themes:

  • The sociospatial organisation of the studio.
  • Socio-material practices of affect, sense and sensation.
  • Disciplinary & interdisciplinary work.
  • Problematisation and the form of projects.
  • The role of (visual) inscription and conscription devices.
  • Practices and technologies of imagination, conception, and projection.
  • The role and production of creative knowledge.
  • Testing, evaluation and accountability.
  • Newness, uniqueness and originality.
  • User-involvement in creative production.
  • Economic and temporal processes.
For further information contact:
Alex Wilkie ( or
Ignacio Farías (
Urban Assemblages and Cosmopolitics – Open panel 

Organizers: Ignacio Farias and Anders Blok
Large technical urban systems have represented a major source of STS insight and innovation (e.g. Hommels 2005). However, the city, urban life, and urban politics have only recently been subjected to the relentless relationalism of ANT and post-ANTstudies. In this context, the notion of ‘urban assemblages’ (Farías and Bender 2009, Blok 2011) has been mobilized to challenge a priori separations between users-producers of urban space (e.g. expert/lay), and to establish an explorative inquiry into the ways in which human and nonhuman entities come together in the city. Focusing on urban assemblages involves depicting the city as a multiple object, continuously crafted and performed at distributed sites.The assemblage approach to cities has not gone unnoticed in the larger field of (critical) urban studies, where passionate debate is taking place about the knowledge gains of STS and ANT (e.g. McFarlane 2011). Much of this debate concerns well-known STS issues of the proper meaning of ‘politics’. From an assemblage perspective, urban controversy cannot be reduced to the clash of human interests; rather, city-making processes resembles a form of object-oriented ‘cosmopolitics’ (Latour 2004). To establish the value of ANT (and STS) approaches to the city, we need more careful attention to how a common urban cosmos comes to be constructed in and across multiple sites of human and non-human practice.We welcome all paper presentations which, on the basis of empirical research, aims to further develop an assemblage approach to city-making and/or the study of urban cosmopolitics.

Open Panel: Disasters – Redesigning Collective Orders

Organized by Zuzana Hrdlickova (Goldsmiths, University of London), Manuel Tironi (Universidad Católica de Chile) and Israel Rodríguez-Giralt (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

This panel is interested in exploring the link between disasters, politics, material realities and social change. As Lowell Juilliard Carr already understood, writing in 1932, a crucial element of disasters is that they themselves are a form of social change. The world – as we experience and practice it – changes when disasters strike. As sites and moments that unfold ‘unknown unknowns’, catastrophes reshape routines, collectives, conventions and institutions. First, because disasters are not only sudden events caused by nature or man. They can also be of a protracted nature, such as armed conflicts. Second, disasters make existing ‘vital’ infrastructure (Collier and Lakoff, 2007) unmanageable or disappear. This creates new empty spaces, both political and technical. Third, catastrophes also create new political orders. The social change occurring through and with disasters is also a process in which the disentangling of constituent elements becomes problematic. The aftermath of disasters are frequently marked by an emergence of new sociomaterial realities in which the collective of things – including humans and nonhumans – has to be re-arranged. The new realities – such as life in camps, forced or voluntary migration – are often shaped by the way people conceptualize the disastrous event, but also by the political agentic properties of a myriad of heterogeneous entities and materials that become relevant in catastrophic situations. For example, the design of post-disaster planning brings together different (and often conflicting) technologies, political agents and definitions of what is desirable and how to manage and understand the temporality and spatiality of the event. Papers could thus cover the relationship between disasters and development, humanitarianism, politics, culture and any other relevant exploration of intersections between disasters and social change.

Please submit your abstract electronically via  and make sure to suggest that your paper will fit into open panel 54, “Disasters – Redesigning Collective Orders”. You can read more about the conference on

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