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Presidential Plenary: Interrogating 'the Threat'

Wed, August 30, 5:45 to 7:15pm, Sheraton Boston, 2, Grand Ballroom

Session Submission Type: Author Meets Critic

Abstract

The aim of this plenary is to stage a critical conversation regarding what we should be concerned about, as both STS scholars and members of wider publics. How can we move through the discourses of fear that dominate the framing of contemporary ‘threats’, and re-articulate matters of concern in ways informed by the sensibilities of science and technology studies, as well as by our awareness of their limits? The panel will consider these questions across domains of settler colonialism and the (post)colonial, (in)security and (anti)militarism, bio and health politics, race/difference and (im)migration, and multi-species environments, as part of thinking and acting through the dominant narratives into new possibilities. The session will be organized as more of a roundtable than a series of presentations, affording time for discussion both among the panelists and with the audience.

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