Back from 4S: Insights and Directions

This year, the Society for the Social Studies of Science meet at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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As mentioned previously, Jan-Hendrik and I are returning to blogging again (after a long hiatus), and we’d like to start by commenting on the sessions that we proposed and that were delivered at 4S a few days ago.

We’ll take each paper in order, and comment on the work of our colleagues and friends.

Our first set of papers comes from the first panel, which ended-up being:

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 (cancelled)

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

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

ADDED: “Viewing the Technoscientific State through the Heteroscope: The State, displaced or misplaced?” (could also be called “The Dancer and the Dance”) Alexander Stingl, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (check out his blog here)

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

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

We will comment on each paper individually, and then provide some comments about the papers as a group afterward.

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About Nicholas

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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