Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Cultural Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Science
Secondary Theme: Technology
The last four decades of social studies of science and medicine have brought about an increasing and productive traffic of concepts and methods between Anthropology and Science Studies. However, the impacts STS has had on Anthropology itself and the place of Anthropology in the ‘broad church’ of STS deserve ongoing reflection. How have hallmarks of Anthropology (e.g. long term ethnographic fieldwork, reflexive knowledge production, robust engagement with culture) been shaped by STS ideas and methods? How does the disciplinary identity of Anthropology change or sustain itself as it interacts with STS? Who is the anthropologist of science? How do contemporary configurations of science and medicine relate to anthropological knowledge traditions concerned with the nature of belief, knowledge, evidence, and power? By pursuing these and other questions, this panel will explore the role of Anthropology in times and settings of techno-scientific change, and consider how this may evolve in the future. We welcome reflexive, methodological and/or theoretical insights into what science studies does for and to anthropology and vice versa. Contributors might reflect on their own experience of studying science; on how their anthropological training has contributed to interdisciplinary research; on the topical terrain shared and contested by these disciplines; or on how they have used or pushed back against concepts and theory from STS.