Science & Technology Studies 2020-11-27T11:57:09+02:00 Salla Sariola Open Journal Systems <div class="region region-content-intro"> <div id="block-block-6" class="block block-block"> <div class="content"> <p>Science &amp; Technology Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarly studies of science and technology as socio-material phenomena, including their historical and contemporary production and their associated forms of knowledge, expertise, social organization and controversy. This includes interest in developing Science and Technology Studies' own knowledge production techniques, methodology and interventions. The journal welcomes high quality contributions to that are based on substantial theoretical or empirical engagement with the multidisciplinary field of science and technology studies, including contributions from anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, political science, educational science and communication studies.</p> <p>Science &amp; Technology Studies is the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Finnish Association for Science and Technology Studies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Love and Fear? 2020-11-24T14:40:48+02:00 Lisa Lindén <p>Social media are increasingly envisioned by public health authorities as a new promising arena for public engagement. Against this backdrop, this article attends to how citizens confirm, debate and resist governmental framings of health information online. By drawing upon STS and affect theory, it centers on the digital mediation of feelings on a Facebook engagement site for HPV vaccination. While the public authorities framed HPV vaccination as a matter of love and fear, a wide register of positive and negative feelings were mediated on the site. The article proposes the notion of ‘digitalised literary devices’ to analyse how mundane literary habits, such as the use of punctuation, online have been transformed to digital devices that, for instance, mediate public feelings. By conceptualizing public engagement as ‘civic intensities’, it shows how digital devices, such as digitalised literary devices, mediate and intensify public feelings of engagement.</p> 2020-09-02T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Lisa Lindén Science Blogs as Critique — Building Public Identities in the Field of Translational Research 2020-11-24T14:40:46+02:00 Barbara Hendriks Martin Reinhart <p>Clinician scientists are pivotal figures in translational research. Although the discourse on translational research is favorable to clinician scientists, their role within it and their view of themselves has received little attention. In this exploratory study, we analyze the view of clinician scientists on translational research by drawing on surveillance studies and the pragmatic sociology of critique and examining the potential for critique of science blogs. From analyzing science blogs and the blogging selves they represent, we find a fundamental dilemma of being torn between the two worlds of clinic and research. Although translational research seeks to support clinician scientists, it intensifies this conflict even further. The arguments of clinician scientist-bloggers are emotionally charged with feelings of contradiction, unpredictability, and skepticism. These feelings undergird a critical agenda that shows indignation as the result of being a pivotal figure in the discourse on translational research.</p> 2020-09-02T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Barbara Hendriks, Martin Reinhart New Bikes for the Old 2020-09-15T09:36:15+03:00 Aske Juul Lassen Tiago Moreira <p>In the last 15 years, STS has established a research programme focused on the sociotechnical reconfiguration of later life, particularly as new political programmes aim to deploy ‘active ageing’ in contemporary societies. In Denmark, the bicycle is a key technology in this aim, because of how it articulates sustainable living, health and social participation. Thus, two new ‘inclusive cycling’ initiatives for older people have been developed. Drawing on ethnographic data, we explore the ways the bikes differ, and how they explicitly mobilise active ageing as a form of ‘good old age’ in different ways. We argue that whereas ‘Cycling without Age’ rickshaws attempt to assemble social participation for older people, ‘Duo-Bikes’ aim to enable capacities through physical activity in later life. We further explore what happens when these two schemes meet, and suggest how searching for a compromise will be necessary to enhance opportunities to cycle in later life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-09-26T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Aske Juul Lassen, Tiago Moreira Researching Collaborative Interdisciplinary Teams 2020-09-15T09:36:15+03:00 Rebecca Freeth Ulli Vilsmaier <p>Collaborative interdisciplinary research is on the rise but can be difficult and daunting.&nbsp;There is much to learn by studying the inner workings of collaboration, to the potential benefit of both science and technology studies (STS) and those who collaborate. We have been studying the inner workings of a collaborative interdisciplinary team using formative accompanying research (FAR). Assuming multiple insider-outsider vantage points implied adopting dynamic positionality in relation to the team. In this article, we outline an approach to navigating positionality based on these research experiences. Navigation is aided by identifying learning orientations to a collaborative team, to learn about, with or for the team; and by adopting practices and principles to balance i) observation and participation; ii) curiosity and care; and iii) impartiality and investment. We illustrate what we have learned so far, demonstrating how to apply these navigating instruments so that the skilful use of FAR positionality can advance the understanding and practice of collaborative interdisciplinary research.</p> 2019-11-05T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Rebecca Freeth, Ulli Vilsmaier Pablo Kreimer (2019) Science and Society in Latin America. Peripheral Modernities. New York and London: Routledge. 270 pages. ISBN: 9780367218034 2020-11-27T11:13:37+02:00 Hebe Vessuri 2020-08-25T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Hebe Vessuri Bernike Pasveer, Oddgeir Synnes and Ingunn Moser (eds) (2020) Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 312 pages. ISBN 9789811504051 2020-11-27T11:57:09+02:00 Doris Lydahl 2020-08-13T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Doris Lydahl