STS Faculty will lead the sketch groups through a research design and methods curriculum drafted by program leads. Based on the comments received from 2022 Sketch group program (proceedings here), the 2022-2023 6S reps have decided to develop the curriculum with the participants providing space for them to develop and innovate sketches. For reference, you may check the 2022 curriculum shared publically here.
Sketch exercises draw from an archive of existing sketches developed for the 2020 6S workshop (proceedings here), the 2021 6S workshop (proceedings here) and . We imagine new sketches will continue to be developed over the years, building pedagogical resources for STS students and faculty.
In 2023, sketch group participants will commit to attending four virtual meetings between May and October culminating in a celebratory (hopefully in-person) dinner held at the annual 4S meeting at Honolulu, Hawai'i, the United States of America, 8-11th November 2023.
Participants will be divided into Sketch Groups consisting of no more than 10 participants. The participants of Sketch Groups will be selected through an application process that upholds principles of diversity and inclusion. We look forward to forge new group kinship and networks of diverse positionalities, histories, and experiences.
Current doctoral students, candidates and post-docs from across the world are encouraged to apply to this program. The 6S Representatives read all complete applications to develop the short-list of 2023 participants. We will review applications using a transparent criteria (available to view here). Criteria included review of the applicant's prior community engagement experience, commitment to full participation in the sketch group and how they practice STS thinking in their dissertation/research projects. The importance of applicant's STS practice is relevant to the selection process rather than necessarily the merit of their dissertation/research projects themselves.
A 6S engagement liaison is appointed to coordinate and facilitate the Sketch Group from amongst the participants of the sketch group. The engagement liaison will be offered an honorarium of $250 USD for their efforts and time. Faculty mentors will be offered a $500 USD honorarium for their efforts and time.
The 6S Sketch Groups program replaces and merges aspects of the previous 4S mentorship program and 6S annual pre-conference workshop format. The 6S Representatives, with the approval of 4S Council, believes that leveraging multiple meetings over time and a small group structure will create opportunities for more complex mentoring relationships (peer/near-peer mutual mentoring alongside junior-senior mentoring; mentoring based on topical interests as well as identity categories; depth of relationship that can only be built over time).
This description of the 6S Sketch Groups was reiterated by the 2022-2023 6S Representatives.
2022-2023 6S Representatives, 9 April 2023, "About 6S 2023 Sketch Groups", contributed by , STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 April 2023, accessed 21 September 2023. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/about-6s-2023-sketch-groups