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.


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


“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


“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

“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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  4. 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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