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Workshop: Technopolitics and the Politics of STS Research: Experiences from Germany and Turkey
Workshop | Oktober 7, 2022 | 10.00-17.00 |
Organiser: Aybike Alkan, History of Technology, TU Berlin
The interest in Science and Technology Studies (STS) has been increasing in Germany and Turkey in recent years. Accordingly, STS communities have crafted innovative platforms for producing and exchanging knowledge beyond university settings, such as stsing in Germany and Istanbulab in Turkey. This workshop will bring together 8 to 10 researchers from these initiatives around the specific concept of technopolitics as it refers to “a strategic practice of designing or using technology to constitute, embody, or enact political goals” (Hecht, 2009, p. 15). The workshop’s aims are twofold: to examine different perspectives on technopolitics and to facilitate exchanges between European and non-European approaches to STS. Initiating communication between researchers from Germany’s and Turkey’s STS environments, the workshop also invites the researchers to discuss the ways of expanding these exchanges into the future.
In terms of the level of technological development, Germany and
Turkey have fallen under different categories, which for a long time
have been described as “developed” and “developing.” This
difference also entailed asymmetric power relations, especially
regarding the processes of technology transfer, which reflects and
registers differences in the politics of technological change. As an
initial observation, technopolitics in Turkey has been more about the
adaptation of imported technologies whereas, in Germany, it is also
about first-hand design and R&D activities. While these
differences are at the core of STS analysis that pays close attention
to (trans)national context, they also shape the research agenda and
practices of STS scholars and, thereby, the politics of STS research.
For instance, STS in Turkey has emerged as a reflexive and critical
endeavor about technoscientific developments and adapting them by
being attuned to the sensibilities and realities of the country. The
workshop will provide a space to foster these initial arguments about
experiences on technopolitical changes and accompanying research
practices in Germany and Turkey.