Keynote Plenary 2: Catastrophes and promises of science and technology by other means

The second keynote plenary will put together a keynote dialogue with Isabelle Stengers (Université Libre de Bruxelles) around “Catastrophes and promises of science and technology by other means”. Grounding on her philosophical work on the transformations of the ecologies of practices of contemporary forms of knowledge production and the roles of user groups, she would engage in a dialogue with three STS scholars who participate in the three subplenaries taking place in Thursday 1st:

  • Subplenary Collectives: Martin Savransky (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Subplenary Spaces: Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Leicester)
  • Subplenary Futures: Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University)

Our aim is to transform the plenary into a dialogical space to reflect on the ethical and political meaning of “by other means” in S&T, about the promises and catastrophes these practices bring about and in what sense STS scholars could critically engage with them in the current context of academic capitalism.