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These centre round ensuring that every student feels included in and intellectually connected with our research community: LSE students will have agency in their own learning, charting a personal trajectory through a diverse range of courses and assessments, while building a coherent, holistic picture of their disciplines s. We will enhance and expand the innovative LSE programme to enable LSE undergraduates to work as critical investigators in interdisciplinary teams to tackle complex social questions. We will challenge LSE students to develop their ethical awareness, to learn to persuade and not to silence, and to engage in robust but respectful debate with diverse views.
We expect LSE students to act with integrity and learn to reflect critically on their own biases. We will provide our faculty with the support and advice required to become and remain excellent educators and we will recognise, celebrate and reward excellence in education. Image: Dave Smith with Antigoni Boulangari from the Communications Division at the LSE strategy launch Disclaimer: This post is opinion-based and does not reflect the views of the London School of Economics and Political Science or any of its constituent departments and divisions. About the author Dilly Fung.
The purpose of this workshop is to have a dialogue about the practices and uses of film-making and animation in and outside of academia, specifically in the context of history, ethnography and STS. The format of this is in a round table workshop format. It will commence by asking participants what brings them to the workshop, a few short films will be shown and then a guided discussion will center around these questions. What makes a film academically sound? Where are the sources?
What strategies are used to tell the story and is the storytelling successful in its own terms? There are many types of digital storytelling and many different story arcs so this session is inclusive of different forms of storytelling. How is it made and who is the audience? Is it created for a television or mainstream film context, or youtube?
Is it archival documentation?
Or is it a DIY video made for immediate distribution to specific communities? Politics are an essential dimension of nearly every case study and conceptual innovation in STS, although, with rare exception, the future of politics and the politics of the future are rarely the topic of rigorous, sustained discussion. The problem though is that this assumption no longer seems to serve scholars looking to ask difficult questions about the future of politics and the politics of the future, which now seem more important than ever.
Whose politics? Which futures? Who or what is actually invited or involved to plan for the future of global and national politics? Submissions about governance, the state, imaginaries, politics, and the future or futures are all welcome in the sessions that populate this panel. Games are flexible epistemic objects, variously constructed as entertainment, military and logistics simulations, communications technologies, scientific apparatuses, cultural artifacts, art, and media. With a few notable exceptions, however, academic analyses of games and game development practices tend to be the domain of media and cultural studies scholars, which produce vibrant—but disciplinary-inflected—research practices, perspectives, and interpretations.
After the advent of the robot Pepper, humanoid robots are now living with us in everyday life. Compared with smart home devices, i. Meanwhile, the bodies of the humanoid robots are shaping discourses of sexuality. For example, the Campaign against Sex Robots in the UK thinks sex robots reinforce male domination and sexual exploitation of women and children, while the sex-robot supporter Dr.
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Hence, the bodies of the robots are gendered and racial. Although the problematic robotic bodies may serve the gender stereotype, they also have the potential to penetrate heteronormativity. These bodies are replaceable and interchangeable, hence deconstructing our normal assumptions about holistic bodies, that is, a whole organic flesh. The bodies of the humanoid robots queer body norms and thus have the potential to reconceptualize heteronormative norms.
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Therefore, the bodies of the humanoid robots are both hope and despair. This panel is calling papers discussing gender, bodies, and robots. We hope to evoke sophisticated conversations in order to review and rethink the politics around the bodies of robots. Does this mean the futures promised by modernity must be pronounced dead?
Yes and no.
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We declare them undead, and ask: how do modern futures linger in the present, casting a shadow on the now? We invite papers that explore how innovations in science and technology get imagined, taken up, and abandoned; how subjectivities get remade, stretched by allegiances to the past and belief in an inevitable future; how certain bodies get written out of visions of the future based on historical and extant prejudices; and how modernity itself gets experienced as multiple, recursive, and contingent.
If we have always already been modern, then how do the ghosts of futures past haunt our uneven present? A tension between two visions of innovation, one that builds capacity for horizontal public health systems, the other driving high tech vertical technology development, may be impeding global health. Vaccine research and immunization programs might be seen as a sociotechnical assemblage where the public health value of some vaccines is undeniable but their safety, effectiveness and vertical implementation remain wicked problems that divide and prevent progress.
Industry demand for fast tracking vaccine development has increased as governments in high, middle and low countries contribute scarce public resources, often laundered to the private sector, to vaccine development and implementation.
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The confluence of market forces, financialization and weaponization of vaccines for biosecurity in the guise of global and public health has been demonstrated in pandemic threats from, for example, anthrax, dengue, ebola, HIV, influenza, malaria, meningitis to zika. Vaccine technologies and immunization programs continue to face controversy across sectors, propelled by charges of conflict of interest between Big Pharma, interested research science and states, and regulatory institutions.
Causal relationships between immunization and serious adverse events, along with security concerns and mandatory vaccination introduce different forms of criticism and challenge than in the past. We invite STS researchers, especially applying ethnographic approaches, to analyze issues of particular and global vaccine innovation and development.
What and how we eat is governed in many ways. Politics, regulation, markets, culture, individual and group knowledge, engineering and technology all shape what we eat and how we eat it. Despite the multitude of systems put in place to govern eating, however, bodies, institutions, and materials continually overflow and challenge them. This panel asks what happens when diverse STS approaches come together to tackle questions about food and food-making?
We invite papers that approach these broad questions through the capacious, multivalent theoretical lens of government. We welcome a wide range of topics exploring the modes and scales of governing food, with particular emphasis on knowledge practice and technology. Possible topics include but are not limited to:. Since the end of the s, several researches have pointed to the emergence of new conflicts, either so-called urban violence or conflicts between diverse groups motivated by territorial, socioeconomic, postcolonial, or ethnic issues.
Given this, authorities have gradually sought to diversify partnerships to access new solutions and technologies, composing sociotechnical assemblages capable of sustaining new forms of security governance. However, these same procedures may be considered responsible for the intensification of these same conflicts, increasing violence among the parties. This panel, then, seeks to problematize issues such as the following: how can approaches between STS and Criminology, Security, Surveillance, or Urban Studies inform understandings of these conflicts? How are private security, police, and military infrastructures, technologies, and other sociotechnical assemblages responsible for intensifying or normalizing violence in these environments?
How do public-private assemblages and the introduction of new surveillance, monitoring and investigation technologies reorganize police and military activities? How do government initiatives propose new socio-technical arrangements for public security and conflict management?
We welcome critical perspectives of the relationship between these assemblages, and at the endurance and reproduction of contemporary forms of security and order. Over the past decade, green infrastructure GI , broadly defined as natural, semi-natural and engineered biological features that perform multiple ecosystem services, have emerged as a favored intervention within cities struggling to resolve issues related to stormwater, pollution, and degraded environmental quality.
By mimicking natural functions, GI moves cities away from grey- or strictly engineered techniques of water conveyance.
These installations, include, but not limited to, bioswales, pervious pavements, and green roofs, are touted by planners and engineers as the carriers of multiple ecological, health, and social benefits. Yet, as this new planning priority travels, cities grapple with familiar infrastructural quandaries related to maintenance, repair, and civic interruptions that emerge upon the introduction of new socio-spatial technologies. Additionally, long held professional identities are challenged as the management of stormwater becomes a community, rather than strictly an engineering, concern.
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