After a long hiatus, we return

Planning for the 4S/EASST meeting for this year has kept us all busy working over the last month to prepare our papers, presentations, and (as Jan and I are discussants for two sessions) comments for our presenters. We will post on the blog as the conference proceeds, and following 4S/EASST in Copenhagen, we will blog about the Millennium conference at the London School of Economics in the days following 4S/EASST.

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According to the website, there are a record number of presentations this year. Our panels, unsurprisingly, deal with states, government(ality), and STS. Come check out our panels on state theory, which happen to be back-to-back, both in Solbjerg Plads SP216 (for full program with abstracts, see here.

Our first panel will be:

023. (66) On states, stateness and STS: government(ality) with a small “g”? – I

 9:00 to 10:30 am at Solbjerg Plads: SP216

Chair: Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Bielefeld University

Participants:

“Designing the Sustainable State: the Small (g}overnance of China’s Big “Ecological Civilization.”” Erich W Schienke, Penn State

“Locating the state? Infrastructure, scale and the technologies of governing, a Colombian case.” Kathryn Furlong, Université de Montréal

“Acting from a distance: States, scales, spatiality and STS.” Govind Gopakumar, Concordia University

“Territorializing, Calculating and Governing.” Peter Miller, London School of Economics and Political Science

“”Towards a Common Future”: On How a Diplomatic Training Programme Socialises States into the International Society.” Tobias Wille, Goethe University Frankfurt

Our second panel will be:

051. (66) On states, stateness and STS: government(ality) with a small “g”? – II

11:00 to 12:30 pm at Solbjerg Plads: SP216

Chair: Nicholas J Rowland, Pennsylvania State University

Participants:

“The Tractor and the Plow: Commercial Agriculture and Ethiopian Statemaking since 2002.” Sarah Stefanos, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Inside/outside again? Private security companies and the formation of ‘modern’ assemblages in Eastern Congo.” Peer Schouten, School of Global Studies (University of
Gothenburg)

“Port(al)s: How infrastructure flattens the world we live in.” Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Bielefeld University; Nicholas J Rowland, Pennsylvania State University

“Governing the environment: Guidance documents and the ‘making up’ of environmental practitioners.” Matthew Cashmore, Aalborg University; Tim Richardson, Aalborg University

“Nature, Environment, and the Technoscientific Enviro-State.” Patrick Carroll, University of California, Davis

 

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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  1. Ha! It has been just a month (but of course a month too much)! Hope wifi is good enough to report from 4S/EASST and LSE. Oh…and a little sneak preview of what is about to come: we are planning to move this blog to a self hosted WordPress – we’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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