Media Studies Interruptions of STS

Open Panel for 4S 2019 in New Orleans (September 4-7, 2019)


Organized by

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, University of Texas at Dallas

Alenda Chang, University of California, Santa Barbara

How can media studies interrupt and regenerate the pursuits of science and technology studies? Media scholars working on the peripheries of STS have long expanded the focus of the former to include material infrastructures and medical technologies. Likewise, for STS scholars studying medical forms of imaging or biomaterial technologies, the question of media already matters implicitly. How might an explicit media studies angle on these investigations interrupt existing assumptions and conclusions?

There is, for instance, the emergent concern with bioprocesses in mediation and with theories of media attuned to the processual flow of life. Media objects such as climate change games and psychiatric films address issues central to STS; scholars thinking through these objects’ textual and technical features can regenerate the interdisciplinary discussions on such issues. Media studies remains invested in and cautious of the politics of representation, whether in virtual climate models or animal forms of perception. Environmental media studies press us to think of our research “archives” as extending to the natural world. The potential for scholarly inquiry at the intersection of both fields are numerous and ripe for innovative interventions.

Submissions to this open panel could tackle any topic broadly in the field of media studies, but the project should make clear its stakes in operating at the intersection of media studies and STS. That intersection could be within the project’s objects of study, methodologies, or theoretical frameworks. Projects with a transnational scope and informed by postcolonial critiques of both media studies and STS are encouraged.

How to Submit

Open panel paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. Submission deadline is February 1st. When submitting papers to open panels on the abstract submission platform, you will select the Open Panel you are submitting to. Papers submitted to an open panel will be reviewed by the open panel organizers and will be given first consideration for that session.

Questions can addressed to juan [dot] llamasrodriguez [at] utdallas [dot] edu

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