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1 - STEM: Power, Spectacle, and Resistance

Mon, April 8, 4:10 to 6:10pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine, Chestnut East

Session Type: Symposium

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This symposium applies critical frameworks to the discourse of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). We variously analyze STEM from angles of how the STEM assemblage impacts and performs as power, spectacle as well as a site of resistance, variously in federal policy in both Canada and the U.S. and in engineering, mathematics, and science curriculums/practices. We explore how the integration of these four fields and the simultaneous exclusion of others (the social sciences) transforms knowledge practices as a neoliberal project. While most of the analysis points to STEM as a problematic assemblage, speakers also explore how marginal communities have taken up STEM in ways that are counter hegemonic and what more just, democratic, and even insurgent possibilities might be.

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