Presentation: 4S, 2015


4S 2015 Denver is our (Jan-H and I’s) presentation from, unsurprisingly, 4S 2015 (Denver), wherein we reflect on the trends and recurrent themes in our five years of organizing panels around STS, governance, and the state, which we are now calling simply “Social Studies of Politics.” We have a chapter summarizing a bit of this in “Knowing Governance,” but the paywall is steep, steep!

8 thoughts on “Presentation: 4S, 2015

      • ha yeah, i’m sure you have extravagant plans for your cut of the book sales, just trying to imagine the market-economy of such publishing affairs, seems an army of academics might be able to work out something else, but maybe not, see if you can organize a panel or two around that hacking system.


          • Well, that is a good question and one that seems in need of an answer; however, I think that we are unlikely to see it soon, and the reason is not a failure of will (though it certainly IS a kind of failure of will) so much as it is an all-out assault on tenure under these post-baby-boomer professorate. I don’t think we’ll see a solid alternative to publishers when the tenure-line is hard to gain access to, tenure itself is difficult to achieve and as difficult to keep (depending upon the unit). Until there is a united front — and faculty are notoriously self-oriented on the research side of life — we will not see a change. Unless their is public demand for the material, which is possible though not probable, I guess. If the public is the key, then academic writing has to change considerably …


            • just seems like if there is any place to actually take a stand (and to test-prove one’s research) than these issues of tenure/work-products would be it, hard otherwise (as the public) to care too much (apart from personal connections to specific faculty) to get too worked up when the neolib-borg comes for the academy. there is some movement in europe around these issues of open-access at public/public-supported schools, no?


              • Oh, indeed, indeed, there are many “micro-moves” at work — people are circumventing publication outlets all the time, especially more senior faculty who no longer need any prestige allotted them during the publication process. Indeed, rupturing the reputation economy in higher education based on journal article prestige is going to be a tough nut to crack.


                • sure but than all the more (at least potential) reason to make it a central concern, not just in response the the current trends in politics/economics but also as a kind of reflexivity that is deeper than just shifting the vocabulary/name-brands currently in vogue. closing the gap if you will between practice and preaching, more conscious performativity less self-contradictory/self-undermining.


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