This sub-plenary explores the work in, with, and alongside collectives as a form of STS by other means. By juxtaposing academic researchers with researchers from collectives, this session will address its meanings and effects beyond non-conflictual collaborative relations, since building relations reveals to be full with tensions, ambivalences, and misreadings as well as joy, creativity, and collective learning practices. The session will be structured as a juxtaposition of four interventions where the contributors will provide different accounts showing concrete and practical examples of these processes of research, revolving around two main questions:
The attempt of this session is, hence, to reflect on and bring to the fore some of the issues arising in this type of research – such as power relations and asymmetries, or the conflicts in the validation and legitimation related to the forms of knowledge being produced – in, with and alongside collectives.
Chaired by: Tomás Sánchez Criado (Munich Center for Technology in Society) and Carmen Romero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)