“Infrastructuring Transnational STS: (draft paper)
This paper is still very drafty; the front sections (through p10) and the endings (beginning p14) are coherent and ready for comments. The first sections focus one the needs for and purposes of transnational STS. The middle sections describe an array of collaborative projects designed in pursuit of transnational STS. The ending sections focus on the characteristics of transnational STS projects.
The key argument is that transnational STS and supporting collaborative projects will need to consistently de-center themselves -- and this will take creative project design and supporting socio-technical infrastructure. Feedback welcome: email@example.com
Backstory: Editing Cultural Anthropology, 2005-2010 https://journal.culanth.org/index.php/ca/article/view/ca30.3.01/216
My work in this vein -- trying to build open sociotechnical infrasture for STS, anthropology and kindred field -- began through journal editing.
The Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced “peace”)
Through many turns, this led us to the development of the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, which is now openly available for use by the research community.
PECE Architecture: A Triptych
Projects highlighted in paper
Drawing out Diverse STS Formations
Place in Planetary Perspective
The Transnational Disaster STS COVID-19 Project
KEY points for discussion about STS publishing
Well designed projects can actively draw in diversely positioned collaborators, allowing them to produce authors previously “out of scope” for established STS publications -- not by teaching them to conform but by looping in their differences of perspective.
Collaborative transnational STS projects with good digital infrastructure can create rich archives of source material from which interpretations and arguments can be built, evidenced, re-analyzed, and pushed further. Established forms of STS publication -- the journal article, especially -- can link to these archives, further substantiating the claims made. Links to source material opens pathways for reuse and re-interpretation of materials in later projects, carried out by researchers in varied settings today and into the future. Linking to source material in STS journal articles helps unsettle uneven access to and control over research data among scholars. Most importantly, creating an STS research commons would upset the propertied figuration of academic subjects and products.
Third, technically infrastructured transnational STS projects open up possibilities for new forms of STS publication, enabling both avante garde experimentation and publications strategically cast for specific audiences (lawmakers, for example).
Linked tour of paper, "Infrastructuring Transnational STS."