Version 04 September 2023
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The following pages are a temporary result of an ongoing debate in the stsing e.V. board on a) the visions of the association and b) the board’s strategic activities to enact that vision. More than a set of rules, this vision and strategy document is a living document that is continuously reflected upon and under revision. The shaping of the visions is intertwined with discussion of the current State of STS1 and with the ongoing strategic activities. The function of the visions is to guide the strategies and activities of the association and function as a compass to the board’s work. They also contribute to making the board’s decisions more understandable and debatable for members.
stsing e.V. works to support modes of research on knowledge and technology that explore, challenge, test, reflect on and re-configure conceptual and empirical thinking, practices and relations. Experimental modes also include recognition of ambiguous lines of developments and troubles that take rhizomatic shapes rather than aiming for linear progress. The association’s own activities are also subject to experimental engagement.
stsing e.V. supports modes of STS knowledge production and engagements with technology that address contemporary societal concerns about the development, use and consequences of science and technology in society, and whose insights and outcomes are driven by encounters between differences, be they epistemic, ontological or political.
stsing e.V. takes the stance of a collective responsibility to avoid planetary harm. In our work as an association, as producers of knowledge and as partakers in academic infrastructures, we ascertain a no-growth strategy, which includes using open software, facilitating hybrid formats to minimize traffic, linking local and translocal acitivities, prioritizing community and quality over size and wealth, avoiding air-travels etc.
stsing e.V. fosters knowledge production and technological practices that grow out of exchanges across (epistemic and other) cultures and countries. We do so by employing English as the language of the association, although, we acknowledge that English is itself exclusive and requires additional translations.
The list of strategic activities serves as a tool to balance to what extend the board engages with the visions and how. No priorities are allotted.
Authors: The 2021-2023 Board of stsing e.V.: Tanja Bogusz, Matthias Kloft, Laura Kocksch, Stefan Laser, Julie Mewes, Alexander Schniedermann, Estrid Sørensen (in alphabetical order)
1 The State of STS 2022 can be reviewed here: https://chat.spline.de/stsing/pl/u511nuuwnjf9ixouhw4q3rabcc. The State of STS 2023 was ascertained in the form of a panel discussion, video snippets can soon be found here: https://stsing.org/