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Essays on decolonisation and decoloniality in and at the interfaces of STS

Essays on decolonisation and decoloniality in and at the interfaces of STS

Lesley Greene at UCT Anthropology and their Environmental Humanities just uploaded a new collection to her Academia page of short essays on the theme of decolonisation and decoloniality in relation to STS that I think could interest several of us.

The collection is called “Engagements with Decolonization and Decoloniality in and at the Interfaces of STS” published in the Catalyst journal on feminism, theory and technoscience. The curators of the collection, Kristina Lyons, Juno Parreñas and Noah Tamarin, write in their introduction:

“We aim to provoke questions about how science and technology studies might intersect with decolonizing or decolonial practices and scholarship, and what kinds of openings these intersections may or may not provide. We offer these reflections as invitations to think with us and to consider the worlds in which we live and work.”

“One intellectual genealogy that inspires some of us has been given the moniker of postcolonial science and technology studies. We find affinity in what Warwick Anderson emphasizes in his description of the work of Helen Verran (2001, 2002) and David Turnbull (2000) as the “messy politics that emerge out of local performances of technoscience” (W. Anderson, 2002, p. 650), and in the work of Anna Tsing (1993) as she disturbs ideas of centers and peripheries and shows politics in what could otherwise be analyzed through an overly narrow actor-network theory (W. Anderson & Adams, 2008). Anne Pollock and Banu Subramaniam (2016) and their special journal issue on feminist postcolonial STS also build on this thread in their efforts to think through the possibilities of justice in postcolonial technoscience.”

“Working against colonialism, imperialism, and white heteropatriarchal supremacy takes many languages and vocabularies. Theories of postcolonialism, decolonization, and decoloniality each offer different analytical and practical tools and challenges. […] For us, the keywords to delineate are decolonisation and decoloniality.”

Please read the full version here.

/Henrik Ernstson


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