CFP: After Social Construction: Technology, Knowledge and Society
Call for Papers Deadline:
AFTER SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION: TECHNOLOGY, KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIETY
A Special Issue of _Social Epistemology_
500 word proposals due: 1 December 2003
Submission Deadline: 1 March 2004
Issue Editors Jonathan Sterne and Joan Leach
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As promoted by Bruno Latour, Wiebe Bijker, Trevor Pinch, and many others, social construction of technology (SCOT) approaches have been a major force in technology studies. They have offered vital alternatives to positivistic and deterministic conceptions of technology; rich notions of human and technological agency; and new objects and approaches for the cultural, historical and philosophical approaches to technology. At the same time, critics have charged that SCOT does nothing more than repeatedly discover that it objects are “socially constructed.”
As the approach becomes more established in technology studies, and as authors like Ian Hacking challenge the limits of the SCOT paradigm, we want to know what comes next. Is this a moment to find the next step after social construction? Or is this a moment where we can build a new social epistemology of technology that presupposes a constructionist paradigm?
For our special issue of _Social Epistemology_, the editors seek two kinds of submissions:
full length essays (approximately 9000 words) that challenge, extend, rethink or pose robust alternatives to the SCOT approach
short position papers of no more than 1000 words for a forum on the SCOT paradigm and the future of technology studies.
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