Dis-positions: Troubling Methods and Theory in STS

Together with Mike Michael, I have been commissioned by Bristol University Press to devise, develop and edit a new STS focussed book series entitled ‘Dis-positions: Troubling Methods and Theory in STS‘.

Here’s the series description from BUP:

“Series editors: Mike Michael, University of Exeter and Alex Wilkie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Emerging through the intersections of sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy, the field of science and technology studies (STS) is undergoing pivotal shifts in how it imagines and engages with ‘the social’ and the question of ‘societies’.

Traditionally, authors have asked questions about the nature of science, technology and knowledge production and how they shape, and are shaped by, social processes. However, the field is becoming highly diversified, having been shaped by empirical, theoretical and methodological developments, such as climate change, computational technologies, and posthumanism.

Turning the mirror on STS, Dis-positions is a pioneering new book series that explores these changes in the discipline. It will occupy a unique position in the field as a platform for adventurous projects that redraw the disciplinary boundaries of STS.

Across the series, innovative conceptual frameworks will be extended, novel fields of inquiry will be identified and elaborated, and inventive methodological practices will be fostered and illustrated.

Authors will be encouraged to address live debates at theoretical, methodological and empirical levels, drawing on and interrogating developments in other academic fields such as geography, philosophy, and design. In other words, the series will welcome the new “dis-positions” entering into, disturbing and repatterning the field of STS.   

The series will provide a consolidated, rigorous and proactive space through which creative and critical new perspectives in STS and beyond can find a voice. 

The series will include: 

  • new modes of STS: posthuman, post-colonial, affective and aesthetic;
  • disciplinary intersections: interdisciplinary, experimental, practice-oriented;
  • methodological inventions: speculative, engaged, entangled, sociomaterial;
  • empirical novelty: emergent technoscientific innovations, reformulations of the ordinary;
  • theoretical developments: speculative, process and pluralistic thought; novel extensions of assemblage and practice theories; the turn to affect; post-performativity, reflexivity and interventions.”