Discussion about the challenges and potentials of transnational STS really gained momentum at 4S Sydney in 2018, where TRANSnational STS was the conference theme and there was a special exhibit focused on STS Across Borders. The momentum continued through 4S New Orleans and the special exhibit focused on Innovating STS (which again focused on STS formations in a wide array of settings). In New Orleans, a lunchtime discussion focused on transnational STS was packed with people eager to take transnational STS in diverse directions. The T-STS Network was organized to sustain this momentum.
The Transnational STS Network is stewarded by the Transnational STS Design Group, which is basically responsible to develop methods and tactics to sustain the network in generative and meaningful ways. The digital platform PECE constitutes a decentralized working space for this network, and network members are largely connected via an email list.
The Transnational STS Network undertakes its activities through working groups and partner projects. Convenors of each working group decide on their workflows; share their work at the digital space, and annually report back to the network. Partners of this network are autonomous bodies, and engage with the network at different levels.
The TransAsiaSTS network seeks to promote scholarly exchanges and collaborations in the field of Science & Technology Studies across Asia, connecting STS institutions & societies in South/East/Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Pacific and those working beyond already existing infrastructures as well.
The September 24th meeting of the Transnational STS Network Publishing working group will discuss the double bind between credentialing scholarly work and pushing back against dominant paradigms of quantifying academic outputs. In this meeting, Leslie Chan, Noela Invernizzi, Aalok Khandekar, and Jason Jackson will share from decades of experiences working in and on open access scholarly publishing.